The Crown Jewels have dazzled and fascinated for as long as they've existed - which is a very long time, in the case of the British monarchy. Much of the jewellery in Queen Elizabeth's collection has been handed down through the centuries. But whether it was first worn by Queen Victoria or given as a gift to Queen Mary, all of the Queen's pieces share grandness seen nowhere else.
This grand opulence comes from certain recurrent elements in the royal jewellery chest. A quick look at the Queen's collection of jewellery reveals a wealth of precious gems and real pearls. In fact, all of the Queen's pieces share two simple qualities which make them so regal: quality, and an advantageous mixing of materials.
Fortunately, quality is not something available only to the royals. High-quality sterling silver and 9k gold-filled jewellery is as affordable as it is well-made. Of course, the crown jewels are studded with diamonds, among other gemstones. But we commoners can choose cubic zirconia: a festive gem that dazzles like diamonds for a fraction of the cost. When paired with sterling silver, cubic zirconia earrings, bracelets and rings add a royal shimmer to any outfit.
Another way to wear jewellery as regal as the Queen's is to choose pieces that wisely and tastefully combine materials. For example, a piece that mixes silver and goldfill is a sophisticated and fashionable complement to any outfit. Another great mix is that of goldfill and cultured pearls. In a bracelet or necklace, this classic combo will look terrific with both a simple skirt or an elegant frock. In fact, the Queen's collection is full of pearls: pearl drop earrings, pearl necklaces and pearl brooches. Affordable, valuable cultured pearls never go out of style and always project a sophisticated, tasteful look worthy of royalty.
You can build yourself an outstanding collection all your own by emulating the grace and glimmer of the Queen's jewellery!