Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom 13th June 2017 – Posted in: Blog – Tags: crown jewels, imperial state crown, st edwards crown, star of africa
The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom are typically worn during coronation ceremonies and state events. They include various items such as crowns, sceptres, orbs, swords, rings, and other jeweled items. The crown jewels includes several highly recognizable and famous pieces such as:
St Edward’s Crown – This crown consists of a gold frame with 444 precious stones adorning it. It was chosen by Queen Elizabeth II to be depicted in stylised form on images bearing the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.
The Imperial State Crown – This is the crown worn by Queen Elizabeth II during state events. It was first created for Queen Victoria in 1838. It features an impressive away of jewels including 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies. Several of these jewels are vary famous in their own right including the Black Prince’s Ruby and the Cullinan II diamond, which is often referred to as the “Lesser Star of Africa.”
Other Crowns – The Imperial Crown of India, Crown of Queen Mary, George IV State Diadem, Queens Consort Crown (which includes the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond), and the Crown of Queen Elizabeth are also crowns in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
The Great Star of Africa – Another one of the world’s most famous diamonds is the Great Star of Africa, or Cullian I diamond, which is also a part of the Crown Jewels for the United Kingdom. This 530.4 carat diamond was the largest known polished diamond in the world until the discovery of the Golden Jubilee Diamond. It is the largest of the nine Cullinan diamonds cut from the original rough Cullinan diamond mined in South Africa in 1905. The original rough diamond 3106.75 carats before it was cut into the Cullinan diamonds.