10 INCREDIBLE THINGS WE LEARNED TALKING TO THE ROYAL JEWELER

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VICTORIA’S BROOCH WAS ACTUALLY HER “SOMETHING BLUE”

“A couple of days before Prince Albert and Queen Victoria got married, he presented her with [the brooch] as a wedding present. Queen Victoria loved it so much that she actually ended up wearing it on her wedding day as the ‘something blue’ option. Garrard now places a sapphire on the inside of every engagement ring as a nod to the royals’ love of sapphires, and also to be the ‘something blue’ on the bride’s wedding day.”

FLIES WERE SUPER POPULAR IN ROYAL JEWELRY (YES, FLIES)

“In Queen Victoria’s time, the fly was a really popular motif because it represented humility. It was a prominent symbol.”

QUEEN ELIZABETH’S TIARA BROKE ON HER WEDDING DAY

“The Fringe Tiara was given to Queen Elizabeth on her wedding day, and the hairdresser broke it. On that day, they had it police escorted to the House of Garrard workshops. We fixed the tiara that morning, had it sent back to Queen Elizabeth, and then she got married in it. You don’t expect the royals to have those sorts of mix-ups, but they do!”

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