The Crown, a Netflix Original series, is a hugely successful, fictional, historical drama which focuses on Queen Elizabeth II's reign. The critically acclaimed show tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign. The first two seasons follows a young Princess Elizabeth as she ascends to the throne after the devastating passing of her father King George VI, while the later series showcase a depiction of events inspired by the love triangle surrounding a then Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Camilla Parker Bowles.
As Season 5 of The Crown is set to premiere on November 9th we’re looking back at some of our favourite jewellery pieces showcased throughout the popular series.
St Edward’s Crown
A pivoting moment in history, Queen Elizabeth II’s televised coronation was a plot point in season one of the series. In one scene, actress Claire Foy, who did a remarkable job in her patrial of Queen Elizabeth, is seen trying on St. Edward’s Crown. Weighing at approximately 2.23kg St. Edward’s Crown is the most significant and sacred of all the crowns. According to The Royal Collection Trust, the crown is composed of a solid gold frame, set with tourmalines, white and yellow topazes, rubies, amethysts, sapphires, garnet, peridot, zircons, spinel, and aquamarines, step-cut and rose-cut and mounted in enamelled gold collets, and with a velvet cap with an ermine band. The crown is historically used during at moments of crowning itself. It was lasted used during the late Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, but since the recent passing of the Queen, we expect the crown to make an appearance for the coronation of King Charles III.
Cartier Halo Tiara
In a scene portrayed in the second season, a young Princess Margaret dazzles as she is about to call off her engagement with her fiancé, Billy Wallace, ahead of the official announcement. Actress Vanessa Kirby is seen wearing the Cartier Halo Tiara which was one of Princess Margaret’s favourite pieces as she was often photographed wearing it. The Royal Collection Trust describes the Tiara as a band of 16 graduated scrolls, set with 739 brilliants and 149 baton diamonds, each scroll divided by a graduated brilliant and with a large brilliant at the centre. The most recent appearance of this spectacular tiara in the collection was on Kate Middleton's wedding day in 2011.
A Personal Touch
Not all scenes displayed the glamourous jewellery worn by the royals. In an emotional scene regarding the tragic Aberfan disaster is depicted in season three, demonstrates the significance of the scene, which was an intensely emotional occasion rather than a glamorous one.
Princess Margaret who is portrayed by the talented actress Helena Bonham Carter in season 3 choice to wear her own earrings in the Aberfan episode. The actress whore jewels by Larkspur & Hawk and are a nod to vintage English styles, that fit in perfectly with the mid-20th century costumes on The Crown.
Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring
In the latest season of The Crown, we see Netflix’s depiction of a young Diana Spencer choosing her engagement ring. The extravagant Sapphire and diamond cluster ring from crown jeweller Garrard & Co, is one of the history’s most recognisable pieces of jewellery. The then-soon-to-be princess selected a cluster ring with a 12-carat oval-cut Ceylon sapphire that is studded with diamonds and other gemstones. The sapphire and diamond brooch that Prince Albert had Garrard & Co. make for his future wife, Queen Victoria, served as its inspiration.
Even after her and Prince Charles' 1995 divorce, Diana kept wearing her engagement ring. Two years after her tragic death, Prince William inherited the ring, which he later used to propose to Kate Middleton in 2010 while on vacation in Mount Kenya.
Award-winning costume designer Amy Roberts did a phenomenal job with her attention to detail and accuracy when it comes to came to the set and costume designs for The Crown. We look forward to seeing her costume designs for fifth and final season of The Crown this November.