The Coronation Spoon
The silver-gilt Coronation Spoon is over 800 years old – though it has been refurbished and re-gilded down the years. In 1649, the spoon was sold rather than being destroyed with the rest of the medieval crown jewels. This extraordinary survival is used at the Coronation for holy oil.
The Sovereign's Sceptre with Cross
The enormous 530.2 carat Cullinan I diamond, or Great Star of Africa, was added to the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross (1661) in 1910. It remains the largest colourless cut diamond in the world.
St Edward's Crown
St Edward’s Crown (1661) is worn at the moment that the monarch is crowned in Westminster Abbey. Named after the medieval saint-king Edward the Confessor (d. 1066), this solid gold crown was used most recently at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The Imperial State Crown
The Imperial State Crown (1937) is worn by the Queen at each State Opening of Parliament. One of the youngest crowns in the collection, it holds a number of much older gems. The crown was remade in 1937 after the previous frame weakened under the weight of the gemstones.
The Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
The Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1937) is set with 2,800 diamonds including the most famous diamond in the Jewel House, the Koh-i-Nûr (or Mountain of Light). Since arriving in Britain in 1850, this Indian diamond has been set in various ways including in two previous queen consorts’ crowns.