King Charles III will be crowned on Saturday, May 6, and one aspect that fans will be looking forward to is seeing what the royals wear, including their finest jewellery. From their tiaras to their rings, there won’t be a shortage of shining jewellery, some of which are worth a staggering amount.
In honour of the Coronation, financial analysts at Cashfloat have been debating which jewels in the Royal Family’s collection are the most pricey.
The royal jewel with the highest price tag is estimated to be the Imperial State Crown, which will feature at the Coronation in May.
Its estimated value, according to the financial analysts, is an outstanding £5billion.
Regarding the jewel, they said: “At the end of the Coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey, the monarch wears the Imperial State Crown.
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“This breathtaking headpiece is composed of gold and set with an impressive array of gems: 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls, and four rubies.
“The current version of the Imperial State Crown was made for King George VI’s Coronation in 1937, replacing the crown that was created for Queen Victoria in 1838.”
The second most expensive piece of royal jewellery is a beautiful necklace that was last seen on Kate Middleton in 2014.
This is the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace, which has an estimated value of £66.3million.
The financial analysts continued: “In 1947, five years before she became Queen, Princess Elizabeth was given the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace as a gift for her engagement to Philip Mountbatten.
“This lavish necklace, with over 50 diamonds set in platinum, has been featured in multiple portraits of the late Queen prior to her Coronation and has even been loaned to the Princess of Wales multiple times in recent years.”
The third most expensive royal jewel, which is slightly less heard of, is the
Delhi Durbar Emerald Choker.
This pendant, according to the experts, has an estimated value of £16million.
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The experts said: “The diamond and emerald headpiece crafted by the French jeweller Boucheron has been around for nearly 100 years.
“However, it has only been part of the Royal Family for a little over 75 of those.
“Initially belonging to Dame Margaret Greville, the tiara was bequeathed to the Queen Mother upon Greville’s death and the royal collection was then passed on to Queen Elizabeth after the Queen Mother’s passing.
“In 2018, the late Queen loaned this extravagant piece to Princess Eugenie for her wedding day, making it an iconic ‘something borrowed’.”