Thursday, January 16, 2014

Gifts of Grandeur: The Boucheron Bracelet from Prince Philip to Queen Elizabeth II, 1952

The Boucheron Bracelet
Boucheron, London, 1952
Designed by the Duke of Edinburgh
Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
In keeping with the precedent set by Prince Albert who frequently designed gifts of jewelry for his beloved wife, Queen Victoria, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has also designed magnificent jewels for Queen Elizabeth II.  For their fifth wedding anniversary, Prince Philip envisioned this magnificent bracelet of gold, platinum, sapphires, diamonds and rubies which takes the form of a repeating pattern of their initials “E” and “P”.  The bracelet also features two jeweled roses and Prince Philip’s own naval badge. This magnificent piece was expertly crafted by the jewelers of London’s famed Boucheron. 

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