Queen Elizabeth is a famous fan of bow jewelry, a love passed onto her by her grandmother, Queen Mary. But the royal fascination with bows didn't start there. In 1858, Queen Elizabeth's great-great grandmother Queen Victoria commissioned three bow brooches from Garrard, supplying over 500 diamonds for their construction. The resulting designs have been passed down from generation to generation.
Today, Queen Elizabeth's striking collection of diamond-studded brooches includes the Kensington Bow Brooch, the Dorset Bow Brooch, and the True Lovers Knot Brooch. These dazzling displays of precious metals and glistening gemstones, crafted into the classic bow shape, have graced countless state dinners, as well as marked royal occasions ranging from coronations to christenings to funerals and, of course, weddings: last year, the Queen wore the Lovers Knot Brooch to the wedding of her grandson, Prince William to Kate Middleton. Clearly, the Queen Mum would approve of 66mint's bow brooch beauties, including the Diamond & Emerald Bow Brooch, in striking white gold complemented with brilliant cut diamonds and radiant emeralds, and the swoon-worthy Vintage Bow Diamond Brooch.
The bow jewelry trend, though, isn't just limited to Britain's royal family. Fashion forward celebs like Zoe Deschanel, Taylor Swift and Paris Hilton have caught admiring eyes--and garnered approving press attention--with their choices of bow necklaces for photo shoots, press junkets and everyday appearances about town. Considered by many to be the ultimate in chic of the four Sex and the City ladies, Kristin Davis's character Charlotte York favored a Tiffany-style bow necklace in one of the show's many style-setting moments. A bow necklace can be subtly sweet like Charlotte's, or make a big impression, like the ones at 66mint, including the Ruby & Diamond Bow Necklace, with its glittering rubies and on-trend open link chain; and the Diamond, Ruby & Pearl Bow Necklace, a lavaliere style featuring an opalescent cultured pearl accented by a constellation of sparkling accent diamonds.
Jut like a hair bow can add the perfect finishing touch to any ensemble, so can a bow-bedecked piece of jewelry. Whether you're going for prim and proper to out-of-the-ordinary opulenence, bows have surpassed cutesy and emerged as a true fashion contender. And while people have throughout history tied bows around their finger for remembrance, today's selection of stunning bow jewelry pieces are truly unforgettable.