Not only is this the 15th anniversary of diamonds on QVC, but after the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, Britain finds itself once again on the world’s stage.
The upcoming Diamond Jubilee will be another royal celebration full of pageantry, spectacle and tradition – something we cannot seem to get enough of!
The Diamond Jubilee is important not only to mark an amazing reign, but to unite the nation in pride of country and unity of spirit.
To mark the occasion, the UK jewellery and precious metals industry recently celebrated the launch of the commemorative hallmark (pictured left).
The creation of a celebratory Diamond Jubilee Hallmark follows a tradition established in the 20th century when commemorative hallmarks were introduced to recognise the Silver Jubilee of George and Mary in 1935, the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and Golden Jubilee in 2002.
The Diamond Jubilee mark is additional to the three compulsory hallmarks: the town mark, fineness mark and sponsor’s mark, and will add provenance to items marked between now and 1st October 2012.
When I think of such Royal celebrations, jewellery and diamonds quickly spring to mind, such as the glorious Crown Jewels. The Crown Jewels are displayed to millions of visitors every year, guarded by Yeomen Warders (‘Beefeaters’) in the Tower of London. The Jewel House at the Tower has been used for the secure storage of the precious ceremonial objects since the early 14th century, when Westminster Abbey was found to be unsafe.
Among the famous gemstones on display at the Tower is the First Star of Africa (pictured). This is the largest flawless-cut diamond in the world at 530 carats, and is mounted at the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre. This and the Second Star of Africa at 317 carats (in the Imperial State Crown), were cut from the celebrated Cullinan Diamond, the largest diamond ever found, weighing in at over 3,000 carats!
Whilst I clearly love enormous stones, I enjoy how today’s jewellery designs are not about just one large stone, but more about the artistic culmination of using smaller stones to create an inviting and evoking design. This diamond flower ring (pictured) is a beautifully creative example of this design concept.
Although we can't offer you The Crown Jewels, we have lots of designs to help you mark this special year, so don't forget to tune in today (Friday 30th March) for our two hour specials at 2pm and 8pm to see our selection of designs available in Easy Pay instalments. Here is a little sneak peek of what to expect….
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