The queen’s most expensive jewel and the lucky royal who wore it

The Queen has an incredible collection of gems and jewelry, some of which are worth millions of pounds. spoke with Steven Stone’s creative director, Maxwell Stone, about the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, which is said to be the most expensive piece of jewelry in the Crown Jewels collection, and which royal has worn it. .

The necklace was a wedding gift to Queen Elizabeth II, who at the time was Princess Elizabeth, of Nizam of Hyderabad in 1947.

Asaf Jah VII was the ruler (or Nizam) of Hyderabad, which is located in the south-central part of the Indian subcontinent (which was then under British colonial rule).

Considered one of the richest men in the world, the Nizam gave an incredible gift to the future wife: he ordered Cartier to let her choose whatever she wanted.

The then Princess Elizabeth chose two pieces: a floral tiara, which included removable elements that could be worn as brooches, and a matching floral necklace.

As for how much the piece is valued, the expert revealed: “This unique necklace is likely to be worth around £ 65 million to £ 70 million, making it one of the most valuable royal family pieces we have seen.

“The necklace was a wedding gift for Princess Elizabeth of Nizam of Hyderabad, who was known at the time as one of the richest people in the world.

“The Nizam of Hyderabad is believed to have asked Cartier to allow Queen Elizabeth II to choose anything she wanted from her impressive jewelry collection.

“The queen opted for a tiara with three detachable flower clasps and what we now know as the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace,” he added.

There are many other expensive items in the Crown Jewel collection.

Williamson’s diamond brooch is said to be worth £ 25 million.

The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara is said to be worth £ 10 million and was worn by Princess Eugenie to her wedding in 2018.

As for the Queen’s own wedding tiara, Queen Mary’s fringed tiara is valued at £ 5 million.

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