Crown Jewels Whose Secrets Are As Interesting As Palace Conspiracies

 Queen Victoria (1839–1876) loved sapphires very much. A few days before their marriage, her fiance Prince Albert presented the Queen with a sapphire brooch which she loved so much that she even put it on for the wedding. According to an old English tradition, during the wedding, the bride should have four things on her: something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. So, Albert’s present became the “something blue” in Queen Victoria’s collection. The blue color symbolizes loyalty to a person, so it would be hard to come up with a better wedding gift. Now, this brooch belongs to Elizabeth II, who wears it for special occasions. Since then, the jewelry house “House of Garrard” puts a small sapphire into every engagement ring as the “something blue” for the bride.

Queen Victoria’s sapphire brooch