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Product code: 014121
The central stone, of 23.6 metric carats, of The Queen's Williamson Diamond Brooch, is considered the finest pink diamond ever discovered. It was found in October 1947 at the Mwadui mine in Tanganyika (Tanzania), owned by the Canadian geologist and ardent royalist Dr John Thorburn Williamson (1907-58). Dr Williamson presented the diamond (uncut and weighing 54.5 metric carats) to Princess Elizabeth for her wedding the following month. Briefel and Lemer of Clerkenwell cut the stone as a brilliant over a two-month period, between February and March 1948, and the polishing was completed by 14 April. The finished stone was eventually set in the centre of a new platinum brooch, designed by Frederick Mew of Cartier, in 1953. The Queen wears the brooch for formal daytime occasions, the most notable of which have been the weddings of The Prince of Wales in 1981, Lord Linley in 1993 and Prince Edward in 1999.
Set with sparkling crystals on white gold plated metal.
7 x 4 cm.