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Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration


Buckingham Palace

  • Daily (Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 - Friday, 5 Oct 2012)

Diamond, the hardest natural material known, carries associations of endurance and longevity. These qualities, allied to the purity, magnificence and value of the stones, have for centuries led rulers to deploy diamonds in regalia, jewellery and precous objects. Individual diamonds have achieved great renown, passing down the generations and between enemies or allies as potent symbols of sovereignty and as precious gifts.

This spectacular exhibition at Buckingham Palace showed the many ways in which diamonds have been used by British monarchs over the last 200 years. The exhibition included an unprecedented display of a number of The Queen's personal jewels - those inherited by Her Majesty or acquired during her reign. The exhibition revealed how many of these extraordinary stones underwent a number of transformations, having been re-cut or incorporated into new settings during their fascinating history.

Exhibition highlights

Rundell Bridge & Rundell

The Diamond Diadem

R & S Garrard & Co : Haymarket, London

The Coronation necklace

Attributed to Garrard & Co [London]

Cullinan IX Ring

Explore these items further with these British Sign Language films

The Diamond Diadem
The Coronation necklace
The Cullinan Diamond
Jaipur Sword and Scabbard
The Queen's Williamson Diamond Brooch

Map & directions

Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Gate, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria or London Charing Cross.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.