|Prince Albert's Sapphire Brooch|
Photo Credit: Barton Cottage
by Angela Magnotti Andrews
Moving down toward her elegant scooped neckline, she has fastened her new sapphire brooch centered over her heart, creating a v-line with the Honiton lace. The royal couple spent an hour together the night before their wedding, at which Prince Albert presented his Bride with one of her most cherished gifts, this sapphire and diamond cluster brooch* which she wore often until [that fateful day in 1861]. At the center of this splendid piece rests a large oblong blue sapphire surrounded by twelve round diamonds.
The origins of the brooch are not known for certain. The folks at the Royal Collection surmise that
Competing fiercely with the elegant brooch are the Queen’s dazzling “Turkish jewels,” a pair of diamond earrings and a necklace comprised of strands of diamonds and diamond rosettes. Given to the Queen as loose stones in 1838 by Sultan Mahmud of Turkey, these stones were fashioned by Rundell, Bridge, & Rundell (the Royal Jewelers) into what became her wedding jewelry suite. The earrings, made entirely of diamonds are at least 4” in length and dangle past her hairline so that they appear to touch her equally stunning necklace.
*Now known as