Australian Jewels for the Royal Family
When royalty visits, it is traditional for world leaders to present them with gifts. These gifts often include jewellery made from precious gems.
The British Royal Family has been given exquisite jewels, designed or commissioned in Australia. Here are just some of them:
The Andamooka Opal – this opal is one of Australia’s most famous gems, the finest ever mined in the Andamooka Opal Fields in South Australia, so it was only natural that the South Australian Government should want to present the young Queen with it when she visited the country on her post-Coronation tour in the 1950s. The gem was made into a necklace with matching earrings and presented to the Queen as a gift from the people of Australia.
The Australian Opal Spray – the Andamooka wasn’t the only opal the Queen was given when she visited Australia. As Princess Elizabeth she was given the black Opal Spray Branch in 1947. Queen Victoria’s favourite stones were black opals, perhaps why these very rare gems are often called the Queen of Gems.
The Australian Wattle Brooch – the Australian Wattle Brooch is another famous piece in the royal collection. It was worn by the Queen when she visited Australia in 2011 and received a further outing in 2014 when the Duchess of Cambridge wore it on tour with Prince William. It was designed by Australian Paul Charles Schneller and given to the Queen in 1954 by the then Prime Minister Robert Menzies.
The Diamond and Ruby Australian Hibiscus Brooch, a diamond brooch with a ruby centre, was originally presented to the Queen Mother, but it has been passed down to the Queen, and also been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.
Royalty is synonymous with glamour, and this is reflected in the diamond, ruby and opal jewellery the Royal Family has worn over the years. For a special gem of your own, contact Diamonds by Design today.