You don’t have to be an expert on the British Royal Family to know that they have very expensive possessions. Though the cars and palaces make a statement, the jewels are the most fascinating for most people.
From tiaras that could make Tiffany’s bow down to stunning 11-tier necklaces, the royal collection is quite amazing. Everyone from the Queen Mary to Kate Middleton has been allowed to wear iconic pieces that are ingrained in history forever.
Most of these rocks aren’t for sale. Instead, they are heirlooms passed from one monarch to another. Each royal person has at least one prized piece. Here are the most expensive ones.
Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara
Royal weddings are a huge deal in Britain and elsewhere. When Elizabeth got married to Prince Philip in 1947, her grandma, Queen Mary, gave her the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara. Its estimated value is $207,000 and is one of Queen Elizabeth’s prized possessions.
Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace
Prince Albert worked hard on what to give Princess Alexandra (Denmark) for their wedding in 1863. He spent about $18,522 on the set that included a brooch, pair of earrings, and a diamond necklace. It’s valued at $1.6 million now and was handed down from the Queen Mother to Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge.
The Queen Mary Fringe Tiara
This piece of jewelry has a rich and wonderful history, so it’s no surprise that it was valued at $5 million! It was a stunning diamond piece that started as a necklace when worn by Queen Victoria and Queen Mary. After Mary had it reworked to be a tiara, she gave it to Princess Anne.
Pink Topaz Choker from the Duchess of Cornwall
Pink topaz is the height of luxury for those with the money. A set of these antique gems were on sale at Sotheby’s, and then fans of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was seen wearing them. It’s a huge stone with many pearl rows, and the entire thing is worth about $30,000!
Burmese Ruby Tiara
The Burmese Ruby Tiara is unique, though it was a more modern piece created in the 1970s. Queen Elizabeth II owned it, and it features 96 rubies gifted to her by the Burmese. Because of the historical importance and gem count, it’s valued at $9 million!
Acorn & Oak Leaf Earrings (Kate Middleton)
Kate Middleton’s parents put much thought into what they gave her for the wedding day since she was marrying a future king. They had earrings custom-made that looked like acorns and oak leaves to represent her and her siblings. Created in 2011, it’s worth about $18,000!
The Festoon Tiara
Princess Anne has done her royal duties for many years. She’s opened hospitals, christened ships, and much more. In 1973, she was gifted the Festoon Tiara for unveiling one vessel, and she let her daughter-in-law wear it in 2008. This piece is valued at $500,000!
Camilla’s Amethyst Heart
The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, has been seen wearing the Amethyst Heart necklace on many occasions. It’s been in the Royal Family since 1923 and is worth about $200,000. Along with the big amethyst stone, it has rows of pearls and diamonds!
The Saudi Sapphire Set
Princess Diana received tons of gifts once she married Prince Charles back in 1981. One of them was a jewelry set given to her by a Saudi prince. She was seen wearing it many times, and this set is worth $1 million!
The 11-Strand Pearl Choker
Everyone knows how keen Princess Di was about chokers, and especially loved pearl ones. They perfectly matched her beauty, but the 11-strand pearl choker had ruby and diamond spacers. Though it was understated, its value is $200,000!
The Prince Albert Brooch
Queen Victoria might have been stoic and stern, but she was a young, blushing bride in 1840. Prince Albert gave her a beautiful sapphire brooch back then. Now, it’s thought to be worth about $4 million for all those diamonds!
Princess Di’s Engagement Ring
When Prince Charles proposed to Diana in the 1980s, he let her choose her own engagement ring. This infamous blue sapphire/diamond ring was $36,000 then. When Prince William proposed, he gave it to Kate Middleton, and it’s now worth $100,000!
The Lotus Flower Tiara
The Lotus Flower Tiara originally belonged to the Queen Mother as a necklace in 1923. She then remodeled it to be a tiara and gave it to Princess Margaret. This band of diamond arches and singular pearls was then given to Kate Middleton. No one sees it much, but that could be because its estimated value is $4 million!
The Delhi Durbar Tiara
Though some tiaras might be understated, the Delhi Durbar Tiara walks into the room before the lady gets there. It appeared in 1911 because Queen Mary had it created for Delhi Durbar. Then, it was passed to the Queen Mother, then the Queen, and loaned to Camilla, and it’s worth $2 million!
The Poltimore Tiara
Garrard created this beautiful piece made for Florence Bampfylde, and it was auctioned in 1959. The winning bidder was none other than Princess Margaret. This item could be broken down into 11 brooches and is worth about $1.3 million!
Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet
The gorgeous band of diamonds used to be a choker worn by Queen Mary. Now, it’s a bracelet that the Duchess of Cambridge and Kate Middleton enjoy wearing. It’s been in the Royal Family since the 1900s and is worth $500,000!
Lover’s Knot Tiara
The Lover’s Knot Tiara has been owned by the Royal Family since 1914 and was originally worn by Princess Diana. However, it’s one of Kate Middleton’s favorite pieces, and she wears it all the time. Thankfully, she’s never lost it, as it’s worth about $4 million!
The Four-Row Pearl Choker
Queen Elizabeth II has been partial to pearls, and that might be why Diana loved them. The Queen commissioned this four-row pearl choker in the 1970s. Though it’s not her most expensive piece, its estimated value is $200,000!
Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau
As with any bride of the Royal Family, Meghan Markle borrowed a tiara for her outfit. Queen Elizabeth loaned out the Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau, which is now worth about $2.5 million. The Duchess of Sussex has also worn it a time or two!
The Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara
While younger royals tend to prefer more sedate headpieces, the Duchess of Cornwall isn’t one of them. She enjoys wearing the Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara, which the Royal Family has owned since 1942. It’s worth $2 million because of all the diamonds and gems.
Granny’s Chips Brooch
Though $50 million seems like a lot for a piece of jewelry, Queen Elizabeth II shelled out the cash happily. The Granny’s Chips Brooch was made of Cullinan Diamonds, which were found in 1905, so it’s truly one of a kind and rare!
The Strathmore Rose Tiara
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, soon to be Queen Mother, received the Strathmore Rose Tiara from her parents. They bought it in 1923 at Catchpole and Williams. There are two frames, diamond flowers, and beauty everywhere. Plus, it’s worth $500,000 now!
Brazilian Aquamarine Set
The Queen prefers clear diamonds instead of colorful pieces, but she couldn’t deny the beauty found with the Brazilian Aquamarine Set. It included a tiara, necklace, and earrings and was given to her in 1953. It’s now worth $1 million!
The Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara
The Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara is the finest in the Windsor collection. It was originally made in 1936 for the Queen Mother and was loaned to Kate Middleton for her 2011 wedding. It’s now worth $1.6 million and counting!
Bleeding Heart Earrings
Though most of the jewelry pieces owned by the Royal Family are extraordinarily expensive, they all aren’t. Lady Amelia Windsor is the daughter of the first cousin to the Queen and had the Bleeding Heart Earrings commissioned in 2019. They’re worth only $285, but they are stunning!
Emerald Cut Aquamarine Ring
Princess Di didn’t need to do much to sparkle, but she loved her bling. When the Princess separated from her Prince in the 1990s, she had a jeweler make the Emerald Cut Aquamarine Ring. From there, Meghan Markle wore it to the wedding reception in 2018, and it’s worth about $75,000!
Burmese Ruby Engagement Ring
Prince Andrew didn’t want to ask his mother for a loan, so he broke tradition like his brother, Charles. He purchased a Burmese Ruby Engagement Ring in 1986 to give to his fiance, Sarah Ferguson. Now, it’s worth $78,000!
The Maple Leaf Brooch
King George VI gifted the Maple Leaf Brooch to Queen Elizabeth in 1939 on a trip to Canada. Then, 10 years later, Princess Elizabeth wore it there, too. Queen Elizabeth II has owned it ever since and has been seen wearing it many times. Did you know it was valued at $75,000?
Diamond and South Sea Pearl Earrings
Princess Diana was well-known for enjoying pearl and diamond earrings. She wore them all over and had the Diamond and South Sea Pearl Earrings crafted in 1990. Kate Middleton has also worn them, and the earrings are worth $100,000 now!
Cullinan III & IV Brooch
The Cullinan III & IV Brooch is actually one of the more expensive pieces of jewelry, with a value of $1.5 million. It was presented in 1907 to King Edward VIII and features a 3,106-carat uncut diamond. This is a precious brooch for the Royal Collection!
Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara
Though the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara has been in the Royal Family since 1919, it wasn’t until 2018 when it was presented to Princess Eugenie for her wedding day. It contains a 93.7-carat emerald and is estimated to be worth $5 to $10 million!
Reflection Collection Cartier Earrings
Every piece of jewelry from the House of Windsor isn’t centuries old, but modern can be pretty and expensive, too. When Meghan changed after the wedding ceremony in 2018, she chose to wear the Reflection Collection Cartier Earrings, worth $68,000!
Four-String Pearl Choker
Queen Elizabeth II had Garrard make the Four-String Pearl Choker after visiting Japan in the 1970s. These pearls were given to her by the Japanese government. She then loaned it to Princess Diana and took it back when they divorced. Kate Middleton has also borrowed it, and it’s worth $325,000!
The York Tiara
Queen Elizabeth II always has great wedding gifts. However, the best one was likely given to Sarah Ferguson in 1986 when she married Prince Andrew. The York Tiara is valued at $800,000 and is still in Sarah’s possession, even though they divorced!
The George IV State Diadem
King George IV had an incredible headpiece made for his 1821 coronation. With over 1,333 diamonds and two strings of pearls, this diadem is worth well over $600,000 and is quite heavy! Still, Queen Elizabeth II wore it on her coronation day!
Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara
The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara wasn’t an English creation and was owned by the Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna. She snuck it out of Russia during the revolution and sold it to Queen Mary in 1921. Now, it is worth about $470,000!
Mouawad Ruby & Diamond Necklace
There isn’t much known about the Mouawad Ruby & Diamond Necklace, but Kate Middleton wore it in 2016. She reportedly got it, matching earrings, and a bracelet, as a gift for her 2011 wedding. It’s now valued at $300,000!
Reflection Collection Cartier Diamond Bracelet
At Meghan’s and Harry’s wedding, he took her hand lovingly, and everyone noticed the beautiful diamond bracelet. It’s from Cartier’s Reflection Collection like the earrings she wore for the reception. However, it’s worth about $155,000!
The Meander Tiara
Queen Elizabeth II got the Meander Tiara from her mother-in-law as a gift. Once Princess Anne was old enough, it was given to her, where she wore it to announce the engagement to Captain Mark Phillips. This heirloom is worth $2 to $4 million!
The Cubitt-Shand Tiara
Though the Cubitt-Shand Tiara isn’t necessarily a royal piece, it belongs to the Duchess of Cornwall. She inherited it from Sonia Keppel, her grandmother, who has owned it since the 1900s. Right now, it is worth $250,000!
Gold Signet Pinky Ring
Prince Charles was first seen wearing this pinky ring in the mid-1970’s and has rarely been seen out in public without it. He wore it during his engagement to Diana as well as on his wedding day with Camilla, not to mention every other day as well. He also wears his wedding ring on the same finger.
St. Edward’s Crown
St. Edward’s Crown is one of, if not the, most important objects in the Royal Collection. The original was created in 1649 but was destroyed during the English Civil War. The crown was then recreated in 1661 and made out of solid gold and 444 precious and semi-precious stones. It makes sense that it is worth a whopping $39 million.
The Belgium Sapphire Tiara, Earrings and Necklace
Queen Elizabeth was given the Belgium Sapphire earrings, and necklace by her late father on her wedding day in 1947. These jewels date back to the Victorian era. The tiara was purchased by the Queen herself in 1963 from Princess Louise of Belgium. The set is worth $1 million.
Diamond Monogram Brooch
Princess Margaret was a fashion lover, who free of the constraints that her sister Elizabeth was placed under, was able to be more experimental with her style. This brooch was commissioned in 1951 and features the letter “M” with a crown. The brooch went for $200,000.
Tabbah Infinite Cascade Necklace
Princess Charlene wanted to wear something unique when marrying Prince Albert II of Monaco in 2011. Tabbah created this piece that is made of 1,237 diamonds with white pearls set in a modern design. The necklace is worth somewhere between $300,000 to $500,000.
The Imperial State Crown
While similar to the St. Edward’s Crown, the two are actually quite different. This version of the Imperial State Crown was made in 1937 for the ruling monarch to wear after coronation and during important events. The crown features the St. Edward’s sapphire, Cullinan II diamond, Stuart sapphire, and the Black Prince’s ruby, along with lots of other small diamonds and plenty of gold. While its exact value on its own is not known, it is part of The Crown Jewels that are worth a collective $5 billion.
Since 2015, Prince Charles has been sporting this $12,500 18-carat watch. The Swiss watchmaker only releases a few pieces each year, and the heir to the British throne was able to snag this particular model allegedly while vacationing in nearby village of Klosters, Switzerland.
Princess Diana’s Butterfly Earrings
These small and adorable diamond butterfly earrings were first owned by Princess Diana and were most recently worn by the Duchess of Sussex while on the Royal Tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga. The simple yet elegant earrings are wroth $15,000.
Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara
This aquamarine pine flower tiara was created by Cartier for Queen Elizabeth in the 1940’s. However, she did not like this tiara and so she gave it to her granddaughter Princess Anne in honor of her wedding in 1973. Princess Anne made some changes to the crown and rearranged the aquamarines. It is worth about $2 million today.
Bleu Ballon Cartier Watch
Kate Middleton was gifted this Cartier watch by her husband Prince William after their first wedding anniversary. The watch, worth $5200, is sleek and perfectly suited for Kate’s style.
The Cartier Indian Tiara
The Cartier Indian Tiara is encrusted in plenty of diamonds, pearls, and sapphires, leading to its value of $1 million. It was originally created for Princess Marie Louise, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. It is now owned by Brigitte, Duchess of Gloucester.
Crown Amethyst Suite of Jewels
Queen Elizabeth has worn bright colors throughout her years as Queen, which is why the Crown Amethyst Suite is perfect for her style. The suite first joined the Royal Family after the passing of Princess Charlotte of Wales. It is made up of three brooches, a necklace, earrings, and hair combs. The suite is worth $750,000.
Tanzanite Necklace & Earrings
Kate Middleton joined forced with G Collins and Sons to bring this necklace and earring set to fruition. The tanzanite shape is reminiscent of the emerald jewels worn by Princess Diana. The set, worth $22,000, has been worn by Middleton like her visit to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2018.
The Crown Orb
Of course, there’s a reason why the Crown Jewels are some of Britian’s most treasured artifacts. The Orb is a symbol of the British monarchy and was made in honor of King Charles II coronation in 1661. It is made out of gold and adorned with 365 diamonds, 18 rubies, 9 emeralds, and 9 sapphires.
Swan Lake Set
The Swan Lake set is one of Princess Diana’s most valuable and most well known sets. She commissioned Gerrard to make the necklace and earring set for her and she wore the set in London at a Swan Lake ballet performance in one of her last public appearances, hence the name of the set. The set was auctioned off after her passing and it was most recently sold for $13 million.
The Crown Ruby Necklace and Queen Victoria’s Crown Ruby Brooch
Interestingly, the huge rubies in this brooch and necklace set were originally opals. Queen Victoria bought the necklace in 1854 from Garrad. When Queen Alexandra inherited the necklace, she replaced the opals with rubies since she liked them more. Now Queen Elizabeth is the owner of the set that is worth about $1 million.
Emerald Necklace, Earrings, & Bracelet Set
Kate Middleton was spotted at the 71st BAFTA Awards in 2018 wearing a stunning emerald gown and matching emerald necklace, earrings, and bracelet set. This set is worth $2.5 million is owned by Kat herself.
In 1966, the Duke of Edinburgh gifted this Scarab Brooch to his wife. The $50,000 brooch is made of yellow gold, rubies, and diamonds. Though it is not one of the most expensive pieces she owns, it is one that she treasures greatly.
Emerald Floral Brooch
The Queen Mother was frequently seen wearing stunning brooches, and one that she was seen wearing often was this emerald floral brooch, which is estimated to be worth about $75,000. Queen Elizabeth is the current owner of the brooch but Camilla has been seen wearing it as well in recent years.
Blue Topaz Earrings
In 2015, Kate Middleton attended the Spectre James Bond film premiere wearing a pale blue dress from Jenny Packham. She accessorized with these stunning blue. The white gold jewel encrusted earrings were likely inherited from her mother Carole, as she was seen wearing them at Kate and William’s wedding reception in 2011.
The Cullinan V Heart Diamond Brooch
The Cullinan V Heart Diamond brooch is owned by the Queen, though it was originally owned by Queen Mary, for whom it was designed in 1911. The brooch features an 18.8 carat diamond, making the brooch worth a whopping $9.4 million.
Mappin & Webb Diamond Necklace & Earrings
In honor of daughter Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2016, Kate Middleton sported these Mappin & Webb diamond necklace and matching earrings that are worth $8100.
Megan Markle’s Engagement Ring
Megan Markle’s engagement ring is not only incredibly impressive, it is also quite meaningful. Prince Harry made sure the ring included ethically sourced diamonds from Botswana, where the two first vacationed together, and also two diamonds from a brooch belonging to his mother. The engagement ring is worth $350,000 and was created by Cleave and Company.
Birks “Snowstorm” Earrings
These lovely “Snowstorm” earrings from Birks are worth $12,000 and are owned by Meghan Markle. The dainty yet lavish earrings are a faovrite of Markle’s, as she was seen waering them to her wedding rehearsal dinner back in 2018.
The Flower Basket Brooch
Another brooch owned by the Queen is this flower basket brooch, which was given to her by her parents after Prince Charles was born in 1948. The $50,000 was first worn by Elizabeth II in the first official photos of Prince Charles.
Meghan’s Galanterie Diamond Stud Earrings
Meghan Markle wore these stunning earrings on her wedding day in 2018. The Cartier Galanterie diamond studs made another appearance at her son Archie’s christening in 2019. These earrings are worth $17,000.
The Five Aquamarine Tiara
A tiara that is very similar to the Five Aquamarine Tiara was made out of aquamarines given to Queen Elizabeth II by Brazil, who decided to use them in a tiara. The tiara worn by Sophie, Countess of Wessex is very similar to that other crown, while it is worth $1.5 million.
The Kent City of London Fringe Tiara
When the Duke of Kent married Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark in 1934, the city of London was so thrilled that the government gave the bride the Kent City of London Fringe tiara. The impressive tiara is worth $1 million.
Mother of Pearl & Diamond Necklace & Earrings
This lovely mother of pearl necklace and earrings set is owned by Kate Middleton is from designer Van Cleef & Arpels. Though the set was not custom made for Kate, the $17,000 set is one of her faovrites.
The Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara
This Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe tiara was a favorite of Queen Mary’s, who had this tiara made in the 1970’s. This stunning diadem is worth $500,000.
The Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara
Another incredible diamond tiara exists thanks to Queen Mary. The Gloucester Honeysuckle tiara is from jewelers E. Wolff & Co. for Garrad sometime during 1913 and 1914. Queen Mary then gave it to Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, who then gave it to Birgitte, current Duchess of Gloucester.
The Infinite Ring
The Infinite ring from Vanessa Tugendhat’s Promesse line is one of Meghan’s favorite pieces. The ring, which features 0.25 carat diamonds, is worth $1500. The dainty and sweet ring has been seen worn by Markle on several occasions.
Queen Mary’s Boucheron Loop Tiara
The original Boucheron Tiara was commissioned by Mary of Teck but was dismantled almost immediately after. The Boucheron Loop Tiara was made soon after from gifts given to Mary and George sometime after their South Africa trip in 1901 or 1902. This tiara was then dismantled to create the Delhi Durbar tiara in 1911.
Lady Sarah’s Floral Wedding Tiara
Lady Sarah Chatto wore the Snowdon Floral tiara during her 1994 wedding. The diadem dates back to 1960 when Princess Margaret was gifted it on her wedding day. The tiara is worth something around $40,000 and $50,000.
The Spencer Tiara
Princess Diana wore this stunning 800-diamond tiara during her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. It has been in the Spencer family for centuries. It is also made out of 24-carat gold, making the impressive diadem worth $225,000.
The Iveagh Tiara
The Iveagh Tiara, worn by Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, first belonged to Mary of Teck. It was given to Queen Mary in 1893 on her wedding day. The crown is named for Lord and Lady Iveagh of Ireland and is worth $81,252.
The Oriental Circlet Tiara
The Oriental Circlet tiara was made by Garrad in 1853. Its design was inspired by Queen Victoria’s collection of jewels from India that feature opals set in gold, lotus flowers, and Moghul arches. The tiara features over 2600 diamonds set in gold as well as opal accents.
Asprey Aquamarine Ring Set
This gorgeous 30 carat ring was commissioned by Princess Diana after she divorced Prince Charles in 1996. She also made a matching bracelet made for the ring. The $500,000 ring was given to Meghan Markle by Prince Harry years later.
Platinum Fern Brooch
Though most recently seen being worn by Kate Middleton, the platinum Fern Brooch is owned by Queen Elizabeth II. She was given the brooch as a gift by the Women of Auckland, New Zealand in the 1950’s during her tour of the country after her coronation.
Cambridge Emerald Necklace
The Cambridge Emerald necklace was a favorite of Princess Diana, as she was seen wearing it often. Now, Kate Middleton has been seen wearing the necklace, which dates back to 1921 and was made in the Art Deco style. Queen Elizabeth inherited it in 1953 but it was not seen in public until Princess Di began wearing it.