|The Queen's Pink Sapphire and Diamonds Brooch|
Although the origins of the brooch is unknown, judging by the hue the pink stone in the centre is almost certainly a pink sapphire. It’s certainly too light to be a ruby (at least, one of a quality the Queen would normally wear), too pink to be an amethyst (and the Queen isn't fond of them anyway), and doesn't look like pink topaz either.
|Queen Elizabeth wearing her pink sapphire brooch on official visit to Oman (left) and on the cover of "Dressing the Queen"|
Queen Elizabeth usually wears it with pink-coloured outfits. Her Majesty wore this brooch for the first time that I know of in early 1990s. Then the brooch took a break (I mean, the Queen does have a huge collection), before reappearing in the past couple of years.
Among the notable appearances of the pink sapphire brooch was the state visit to Oman in 2010, and the cover of Angela Kelly’s magnificent book, “Dressing the Queen”.
|The Queen wearing her pink sapphire brooch. The picture on the left shows the first (known) occasion Her Majesty wore it.|
This is a nice little brooch and I have no idea why the Queen hasn't worn it more often. Perhaps she just has too many options to choose from. The brooch had a promising start this year though: it is currently on the (joint) second place of the Queen's most-worn brooches this year.