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royalty_and_nobility There have been several crowns used by English and British monarchs throughout their reigns, being replaced every few generations or so because of basic wear and tear. Often, the stones are removed from the older crowns for reuse in the new ones; the frames are either filled with paste imitation jewels or left empty.

Very few pieces of royal regalia, and no actual crowns, exist from before the reign of Charles II - the medieval regalia was either sold or melted down by Oliver Cromwell.
Image: (top L to R) Elizabeth I; Charles II; Anne. (middle L to R) George II; George IV; Victoria. (bottom L to R) George V; George VI; Elizabeth II.
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carolkoh one with the guardsman all the way from Buckingham Palace ! 🏼 #QBPKL #Worklife #hmq90 #QueenElizabethII #birthday #bash 4h

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practicalgemologist Cullinan VI, VII, & VIII:
Like the V the Cullinan VI-VIII were set with the Delhi Dubar in mind and are all subsequently part of what is called the Dehli Dubar Parure (there is a tiara as well). Cullinan VI is marquise-cut and weighs 8.8 carats. It unusually hangs from the brooch containing Cullinan VIII. Along with the V they formed part of the stomacher of the Delhi Durbar parure.
Cullinan VII is also marquise-cut and weighs 11.5 carats. It was originally given by Edward VII to Queen Alexandra. After his death she gave the stone to Queen Mary, who had it set as a pendant hanging from the diamond and emerald Delhi Durbar Necklace, of the Delhi Durbar parure.
Cullinan VIII is a cushion-cut diamond weighing 6.8 carats. It is set in the centre of a brooch forming part of the stomacher of the Delhi Durbar parure. As mentioned earlier it can be paired with Cullinan VI to form a brooch. Queen Elizabeth II has never been seen wearing this brooch, however she has worn the Cullinan V.
Photos: Queen Mary in the Dehli Dubar Parure (notice the stomacher containing 5,6, & 8 and 7 is a pendant in the necklace), Cullinan 7 (diamond pendant in the Dehli Dubar necklace), Cullinan 6 & 8 as a brooch.
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practicalgemologist Number 5 is up next.
Culinan V:
This is a heart-shaped diamond that weighs 18.8-carats. It is set into the centre of a platinum brooch. The brooch was originally part of a stomacher made for Queen Mary to wear at the Delhi Durbar in 1911.
The mounting was designed to be as adaptable as possible. It can be suspended from the VIII brooch and can be used to suspend the VII pendant. It was left all the brooches to Elizabeth II when she died in 1953.
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practicalgemologist You didn't think I would stop at Cullinan I and II did you?
Cullinan III & IV:
Cullinan III is a pear-cut, 94.4-carat diamond. Cullinan IV is square-cushion-cut and weighs 63.6 carats. They are both known as the Lesser Stars of Africa. They are also affectionately called "Granny's Chips" by Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Mary, the queen consort of George V, had Cullinan III and IV set in the surmounting cross of her newly acquired crownfor her coronation in 1911. In 1914, they were removed and replaced by crystal models.
Cullinan III is most frequently worn as a brooch, in combination with Cullinan IV. (Both stones could be placed back into the crown, but since Queen Mary's death on 24 March 1953 her crown has remained unworn.)
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practicalgemologist Now that the backstory is out-of-the-way, let's drool over the stones.
Cullinan I, the Star of Africa:
This is the largest stone cut from the Cullinan. The diamond measures 5.9 centimetres (2.3 in) long and weighs 530.4 carats (106.08 g). It is a pear-shaped diamond and is set in the head of the Sovereign's Scepter with Cross. It may be taken out of the scepter and worn as a pendant or suspended from Cullinan II to make a brooch.
Can you imagine the neck ache the pendant would give you!? ...worth it **************************
Cullinan II, the Second Star of Africa:
This rectangular cushion-cut stone weighs 317.4 carats. It is set in the front cross of the Imperial State Crown, just below the Black Prince's Ruby (which is actually a large spinel).
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  •   seezoesew Amazing! Royals really know how to do jewelry! 9h

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shantellrobertson Stumbled across @stchristophersplace that's hidden through a tiny alley in London. I've been searching on Pinterest and found an article where it's one of the top magical spots to escape to in London (@mikerob31 found by mistake). I can definitely see why - there's a mural of The Queen to celebrate her 90th birthday. It'll only be there for 6 months!🏼 #QueenofSCP #queenelizabethii #london #stchristophersplace #scp 10h
  •   kmeetsstyle Great!!! 10h
  •   mallorysauer I'm taking notes of all the places you've gone in London because I'm going in June!! 6h

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