Long Live the Queen of Gems

Spey Insights: Long Live the Queen of Gems

In one week’s time, Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, will celebrate her birthday. At 90, the Queen seems in excellent health and good nature. Her style, as always, is impeccable.

Throughout the years, the Queen has established the standard for regal fashion: a monochromatic palette, a demure handbag, and layers upon layers of pearls. Affection for pearls has lasted Her Majesty’s reign, solidifying the lustrous pearl’s moniker as the queen of gems and the gem of queens. Yet as fabulously varied as the royal collection of jewels may be, the Queen certainly has her favorites. From these, we learn a lesson about the essentials in any lady’s wardrobe.

  1. A strand of akoya or South Sea pearls is non-negotiable. The Queen favors layers of three and boasts several pearl necklaces in this configuration: a triple strand given in 1935 by her grandfather King George V; a set from the Emir of Qatar at the celebration of her coronation; and a triple strand commissioned of family pearls.
  2. Simple, classic studs or pearl earrings with reserved, tailored styling are the go-to accessories for the ear. Of course, we favor the Spey Flora earrings, each with a blossom of diamond suspending a rich Tahitian pearl. These pearls are perfect for transitioning from a garden party to a State dinner.
  3. What’s life without a bit of drama? Select a statement piece to focus an outfit and define a look. This may take the form of a captivating brooch or pendant, but quite often for the royal family a tiara crowns the ensemble. The Cambridge Lover’s Knot is one of the most celebrated and recognized tiaras in the Queen’s vaults. Commissioned in 1913, a colonnade of diamonds frame 19 fabulous, dangling pearls. Princess Diana wore it regularly and more recently Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has chosen it for more formal engagements.

Choose pearls for your own lustrous and regal look. Need help deciding? A Spey stylist can recommend the perfect pieces to enhance your wardrobe and complement your style. After all, the world’s your oyster.