As part of the yearlong celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, a special exhibition, "Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration," opened for the public Saturday at London's Buckingham Palace. To signify the queen's 60-year reign, more than 10,000 diamonds set in works acquired by six British monarchs over three centuries are now on display, reports Forbes. The exhibition, which runs from June 30-July 8 and then from July 31-October 7, reportedly features a number of the queen's personal jewels and works from the Royal Collection, the art collection of the British Royal Family.
The items for the exhibition, including crowns, tiaras, rings, earrings and swords, were chosen for their artistic significance and their historic importance, and for the supreme skill in diamond cutting and mounting they embody, Caroline de Guitaut, exhibition curator, said, as cited by Forbes.
"The exhibition shows how over the past three centuries monarchs have used diamonds to display magnificence, whether in personal adornment or as a statement of power," de Guitaut told the news source.
Several jewelry pieces are on display for the first time. Additionally, the exhibition also includes jewelry made from the world's largest diamond, the Cullinan Diamond, which weighed 3,106 carats as an uncut stone. Pieces containing seven of the nine principal stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond are reunited for the first time, Forbes reports.
The exhibition also contains several pieces commissioned by Queen Victoria, the only other monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.