The photos of these lovely bracelets are from the book “The Queen’s Jewels” by Leslie Field. Many are reprinted in the book with the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen.
As a new bride, Queen Mary – then known as Princess May – was given this gorgeous piece of jewelry in the style of a York Rose. Upon her marriage to Prince George, the Duke of York, she became the Duchess. The rose is a symbol of England, and of the warring houses of Lancaster and York*.
*Note: This royal couple would undergo many title changes throughout the years. Prince George was originally styled as the Duke of York since he was the second son, superseded by his elder brother Eddy, the Duke of Clarence. When Eddy died, George became the new heir. When their father became king, George was appointed Prince of Wales.
Princess Elizabeth’s Birthday Bracelet
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth gave Princess Elizabeth this unusual Cartier bracelet on the occasion of her 18th birthday. It contains several baguette diamonds in the links and square-cut sapphires along the length of the bracelet.
The Prince Philip Wedding Bracelet
This was given to Princess Elizabeth by her new husband, Prince Philip. Like her engagement ring, this bracelet was made from diamonds belonging to Philip’s mother, Princess Alice. The diamond brilliants are set in platinum.