- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2012

LONDON — A new exhibition at Buckingham Palace shows that diamonds are a queen’s best friend.

More than 10,000 of the gems are going on display 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.

Curator Caroline de Guitaut said Friday that the jewels “show us how monarchs have deployed diamonds to give an aura of magnificence” and underscore Britain’s wealth and power.

The display runs Saturday to July 8 and July 31 to Oct. 7 as part of Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Curator Caroline de Guitaut stands 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 in London on June 28, 2012. The exhibition shows jewels collected by six monarchs over three centuries to mark the Queen's Diamond jubilee this summer. (Associated Press/Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)
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