10,000 diamonds on display at Buckingham Palace

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10,000 diamonds on display at Buckingham Palace

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More than 10,000 of the gems are going on display at Buckingham Palace in a celebration of jewelry owned by British monarchs over three centuries. The exhibition includes a coronation necklace and other gems worn by Queen Elizabeth II as well as items from the royal collection, including the miniature crown adorned with 1,187 diamonds worn by Queen Victoria for her 1897 Diamond Jubilee.

Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut poses with Queen Victoria's Small Diamond Crown at the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace

Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut poses with Queen Victoria’s Small Diamond Crown at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, London, in this file photograph dated May 15, 2012. More than 10,000 diamonds go on show at London’s Buckingham Palace this week to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne, in a dazzling display of gems gathered over the centuries as objects of beauty and symbols of power. The exhibition, which runs from June 30 to July 8 and then from July 31 to Oct. 7, was designed to coincide with the queen’s diamond jubilee this year, and features jewels she wears regularly at official functions in Britain and abroad. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/files (BRITAIN – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS SOCIETY)

Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut poses with the Cullinan VII necklace at the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace

Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut poses with the Cullinan VII necklace at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, London May 15, 2012. A special exhibition “Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration” will run from June 30 – July 8 and July 31 – October 7, in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee anniversary. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS SOCIETY)

Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut poses with the Cullinan III and IV brooch at the Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace

Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut poses with the Cullinan III and IV brooch at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, London, in this file photograph dated May 15, 2012. More than 10,000 diamonds go on show at London’s Buckingham Palace this week to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne, in a dazzling display of gems gathered over the centuries as objects of beauty and symbols of power. The exhibition, which runs from June 30 to July 8 and then from July 31 to Oct. 7, was designed to coincide with the queen’s diamond jubilee this year, and features jewels she wears regularly at official functions in Britain and abroad. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/files (BRITAIN – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS SOCIETY)

This Thursday June 28, 2012 photo shows curator Caroline de Guitaut, holding the Delhi Durbar Tiara, on show for the first time and made to mark the succession of King George V as King Emperor in 1911

This Thursday June 28, 2012 photo shows curator Caroline de Guitaut, holding the Delhi Durbar Tiara, on show for the first time and made to mark the succession of King George V as King Emperor in 1911, at a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace, London. The new exhibition at Buckingham Palace shows jewels collected by six monarchs over three centuries to mark the Queen’s Diamond jubilee this summer. (AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

This Thursday June 28, 2012 photo shows curator Caroline de Guitaut, standing behind the Delhi Durbar Necklace and Cullinan Pendant made up of diamonds and emeralds, created for the Delhi Durbar of 19

This Thursday June 28, 2012 photo shows curator Caroline de Guitaut, standing behind the Delhi Durbar Necklace and Cullinan Pendant made up of diamonds and emeralds, created for the Delhi Durbar of 1911 and owned by Queen Mary, at a new exhibition at Buckingham Palace, London. The new exhibition at Buckingham Palace shows jewels collected by six monarchs over three centuries to mark the Queen’s Diamond jubilee this summer. (AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

The Queen wears the Diadem crown in May. The crown will be on display as part of the exhibition at Buckingham Palace

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is pictured wearing the Diadem crown at the opening of Parliament in May. More than 10,000 diamonds set in works worn by British monarchs for over 250 years will go on show at London’s Buckingham Palace this summer to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. The exhibition includes a range of the queen’s personal jewels, including the Diadem crown. (AFP Photo/SUZANNE PLUNKETT)

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