|Cullinan VI and VIII Brooch|
|Queen Mary wearing the Cullinan VI and VIII brooch on her collar (left) and as part of the Delhi Durbar stomacher (right)|
Cullinan VIII is an emerald-cut stone of 6.8 carats. It is set in a delicate scrolled frame and was designed to be used in several ways. Among other uses, it could be incorporated in the Delhi Durbar Stomacher, and fastened to the smaller marquise pendant, Cullinan VII. Sometimes, Queen Mary wore Cullinan V and Cullinan VIII together. The most common usage, however, was together will Cullinan VI.
|Queen Elizabeth wearing the Cullinan VI and VIII Brooch in Sudan in 1964 (left) and in Jamaica in 2002 (right)|
To read more about the fascinating story of the uncut diamond, have a look at this article - Day in History: The world’s largest diamond ever, the Cullinan, is found.
Sources and Photo credits: Royal Collection, “Diamond: A Journey to the Heart of an Obsession” by Matthew Hart, “The Queen’s Diamonds” by Hugh Roberts, "The Queen's Jewels" by Leslie Field