Art and Design

Queen Victoria’s emerald tiara

Liked An historically important emerald and diamond diadem, Joseph Kitching, 1845 (

The present tiara is one of several jewellery pieces designed for Queen Victoria by her husband. Prince Albert had previously incorporated the Queen’s birthstone, emerald, into his designs, including in her engagement ring.

To accompany this ring, in 1843 Albert designed a matching necklace, earrings and brooch. Two years later, Prince Albert worked with the court jeweller Joseph Kitching to realise his design for this impressive piece which came to a total cost of £1,150.

Wow 😍

Visually stunning, am not going to think about the provenance of the jewels…

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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