To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and this Sunday’s Diamonique Day, we have recreated the nation’s favourite item from the Crown Jewels collection – the Imperial State Crown – out of Diamonique!
It’s been nearly 60 years since Her Magesty Queen Elizabeth II first wore the Crown Jewels at her Coronation on 2nd June 1952, so we thought it would be a fitting tribute.
The Imperial State Crown is a priceless symbol of the British monarchy. It is 31.5 cm high and is made from gold, platinum, silver, 2,868 diamonds, 11 emeralds, 17 sapphires, 269 pearls, velvet and ermine.
It boasts the Cullinan II, which is the second largest cut diamond in the world (317.4 carats). The stone, one of the two largest cut from the Cullinan Diamond, the largest rough diamond ever discovered, is also known as the Second Star of Africa.
The Diamonique Jubilee Crown features 2,276 replica stones from QVC’s Diamonique collection using 21 different sizes and colours of stone all set in silver. The crown took 30 days to make, weighs approximately 1.5kg and has been valued at £10,528.
Vanessa Priest, Head of Jewellery Buying at QVC said: “The Queen’s ‘Imperial State Crown’ is iconic. In the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, the Diamonique Jubilee Crown replica will be the ultimate accessory. We are sure the crown will make its new owner feel like she is the Queen of the castle.”
Although this is the first time a version of the crown has been carefully recreated for the public, today’s Imperial State Crown is actually an exact replica of an earlier Imperial State Crown manufactured for Queen Victoria, but is made of a more lightweight design which is more comfortable to wear. The Crown created for King George VI was also remodelled for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation to give it a slightly more feminine appearance and its total height lowered by about 25mm.
The crown will make it’s on-air debut this Sunday 6th May at 9am and 2pm and you can catch it again over the Jubilee weekend. The crown will then be auctioned off for Breast Cancer Care during QVC’s dedicated fundraising show this October.