Queen Elizabeth’s most colourful jewellery moments

Ahead of the return of The Crown, we take a look at the late Queen Elizabeth II's most vibrant jewellery moments

By Joshua Hendren

Over the course of her 70-year reign, the late Queen Elizabeth II displayed a keen eye for colourful jewellery. Here, we take a look at her most breathtaking rainbow jewels – from pale blue brooches to shimmering sets of fiery rubies.

Queen Elizabeth II attends a State Banquet on day two of a four day State Visit on June 24, 2015 in Berlin, Germany (Photo by Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images)

At a state banquet on the Queen’s official visit to Germany in June 2015, she opted for the Crown Ruby necklace (designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria) which she beautifully matched with Queen Victoria’s Crown Ruby brooch.

Visit to Malta by Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke Of Edinburgh at the Palace in Valletta (Photo by POOL – Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

This Oriental Circlet was worn just once by Her Majesty on a trip to Malta in 2005. The piece, designed by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, was paired with Queen Mary’s ruby cluster earrings and the Baring Ruby necklace.

Queen Elizabeth II at a Royal Gala performance at Covent Garden during her Silver Jubilee celebrations, 30th May 1977 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This Burmese ruby tiara was designed by court jeweller Garrard in 1973. It’s set with 96 rubies that were gifted to the Queen by the people of Burma as a wedding present.

Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Burmese Ruby tiara while attending a state banquet at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on 9th June, 1992 (Photo by Jayne Fincher/The Fincher Files/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Set in gold, the crimson stones that sparkle on the Queen’s Burmese ruby tiara are arranged as blossoming flowers among diamonds.

Queen Elizabeth ll smiles during a visit to St. Thomas Community Primary School on March 7, 2008 in Swansea, Wales (Photo by Pool/Anwar Hussein Collection/WireImage)

On a visit to Swansea in 2008, the Queen coordinated her cheerful yellow ensemble with this blooming sunflower brooch.

HM Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Holden Point to view the 2012 Olympic park site along with Tessa Jowell, Ken Livingstone and Lord Coe in Stratford on October 12, 2005 in London (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Commissioned by her grandmother, Queen Mary, for the Delhi Durbar celebrations in 1911, this Round Cambridge Emerald brooch was inherited by Her Majesty in 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2019 in London (Photo by Victoria Jones – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

For a Diplomatic Corps Reception at Buckingham Palace in 2019, the Queen complemented the storied Vladimir tiara, featuring swinging emerald drops and round brilliant-cut diamonds, with a matching necklace.

The Queen attending a state banquet during her official tour of Malaysia (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

At a state banquet on her official tour of Malaysia in 1989, the Queen showcased this matching emerald necklace and earring set known as the Cambridge and Delhi Durbar Parure, worn here with Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara (also known as “Granny’s Tiara”) which belonged to her grandmother, Queen Mary.

Visit to Malta by Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke Of Edinburgh (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

These gorgeous diamond and aquamarine clip brooches were designed by French jeweller Boucheron and were gifted to Her Majesty by her parents on her 18th birthday in April 1944.

The Queen wearing an aquamarine and diamond tiara, necklace and earrings given to her by the people of Brazil (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Here, the Queen sparkles in diamond and aquamarine earrings and a necklace gifted to her by the People of Brazil in honour of her coronation. The Queen had Garrard make this matching tiara four years later.

Queen Elizabeth II at a Scandinavian arts festival at the Barbican in London, 10th November 1992 (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

At a Scandinavian arts festival at the Barbican in 1992, the Queen elevated her sequinned dress with this eye-catching turquoise jewellery set.

Queen Elizabeth II attends a Garden Party at Balmoral Castle, on August 07, 2012 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland (Photo by David Cheskin – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

At a garden party at Balmoral in 2012, the Queen donned Prince Albert’s sapphire brooch, given to Queen Victoria on her wedding day and left to the crown in her will.

Queen Elizabeth II attends a banquet on board the Royal Yacht Britannia during her visit to France (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

A wedding gift from her father, King George VI, this matching necklace and earrings are known as the Victorian Suite of Sapphire and Diamond and were made originally in 1850.

Queen Elizabeth II in Portugal wears a necklace and brooch of amethyst jewels which originally belonged to Queen Victoria’s mother (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

This spectacular set, known as the Crown Amethyst Suite of Jewels or the The Kent Amethysts, originally belonged to Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, and includes a diamond brooch, necklace and earrings.

Queen Elizabeth II visits the King George VI Day Centre on April 12, 2018 in Windsor, England (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

This regal gem is known as the Kent Amethyst Brooch and features a hexagonal-shaped amethyst encircled with diamonds.

Queen Elizabeth II greets the crowds outside St Paul’s Cathedral on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

A favourite among royal fans, the Williamson brooch is set with a pink diamond at its core which was discovered in 1947 at the Williamson mine in Tanzania. 

Queen Elizabeth II attends day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2012 (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth commissioned this brooch as a 100th birthday present for the Queen Mother. It is flanked by 100 diamonds and features a hand-painted Queen Elizabeth Grandiflora Rose on rock crystal.

Queen Elizabeth II tours the newly opened Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute at Cambridge University on February 2 2007 (Photo by Anwar Hussein Collection/ROTA/FilmMagic)

Commanding attention in yellow gold, ruby, and diamond, this Scarab Brooch was gifted to the Queen by her husband, Prince Philip, in 1966.

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