As crowds cheer on the last day of Jubilee celebrations for England’s queen, this Houston jeweler showcases his incredible replica work of the royal family’s finest jewels.
Houston Jewelry has some jubilee-worthy jewels on display and is allowing the public to come in for some fun and a little history lesson.
“All the crowns and the diamonds and the pearls, it’s just spectacular. I’ve never seen anything like it,” Houston Jewelry customer William Hill said.
“This is the Imperial State Crown that Queen Victoria wore,” Houston Jewelry saleswoman Judy Memmel said.
It is a replica, of course, but the real one contains 2,783 diamonds, 277 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds and 5 rubies. You’ve seen it on Queen Elizabeth before when she speaks to parliament.
“If you didn’t know, you would think it was the real thing,” customer Rae Engel said.
There are life-size replicas of things like the St. Edward’s Crown, which weighs more than 5 pounds.
“This is only worn during coronation and it was made in 1662 for Charles II. And the only person who didn’t wear it was Queen Victoria; she said it was too heavy,” Memmel said.