From 30 June until 7 October visitors to the Summer Opening of the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace will be able to feast their eyes on spectacular diamond jewellery from the Queen's personal collection thanks to special exhibition Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration.
The exhibition - designed, unsurprisingly, to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - features pieces created over the last three hundred years showcasing the diversity of diamond cutting and mounting as well as the historical importance of the pieces.
For example, seven of the stones present were cut from the Cullinan Diamond - the largest diamond ever found - which was presented to King Edward VII as a gesture of loyalty by the Transvaal government. That same spectacular diamond having been previously been thrown out of a window after clerks dismissed it as a worthless crystal.
Also featured is the famous Diamond Diadem (worn above) which you might recognise from its appearance on many postage stamps - it's the one with the distinctive stylised diamond shamrocks.
The sparkling show promises to be a masterclass in craftsmanship, combining the personal, the precious and the public in some of the world's most famous and valuable accessories.
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