|Hesse Diamond Jubilee Brooch|
At the time the gift was made, it was described as a "brooch with an open pendant heart of diamonds bearing in the centre the number "60" in Slavonic characters. It has on the top a cabochon sapphire and two large sapphire drops." The description matches this brooch perfectly, so there is no doubt in my mind it is one and the same (thanks to Noel Q. for noticing the third sapphire on the top which I somehow missed).
|Queen Victoria's Hesse grandchildren who presented the brooch on the occasion of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee|
The gift was on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. However, it remained unseen and unworn until the Duchess of Cornwall debuted it in 2007.
Camilla has worn this exquisite brooch only when abroad. The first time was during her and Prince Charles’s Tour of the United States in January of 2007. The jewel didn't make an appearance for another two years, until the Duchess wore it at a reception in Canada in November of 2009.
|The Duchess of Cornwall wearing the brooch in the United States in 2007 (left), and in Canada in 2009 (right)|
The last (to date) appearance was fairly recently, in March of 2012: the Duchess of Cornwall donned it in Norway, during the Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Scandinavia. A jewel given to one diamond jubilee Queen worn during the diamond jubilee celebrations of the other: very subtle and appropriate, wouldn't you agree?
I really love this brooch; it is quite possibly one of my favourite jewels worn by the Duchess of Cornwall. I mean, you have history and provenance + diamonds + gorgeous sapphires + excellent craftsmanship. What else a jewellery lover can ask for?
|The Duchess of Cornwall wearing the brooch during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee visit to Norway|
Remember, this whole week is dedicated to the Duchess of Cornwall’s jewellery collection. You can always check out jewels already covered here.