Why Queen Elizabeth’s Jewels are Strangely Rinsed With This Hard Liquor

The royal family has some customs that to the rest of us, are simply mind-boggling. They do things that the rest of us can’t even begin to imagine, and their lavish lifestyle is only the beginning.

Each and every day, members of the world’s most famous family are surrounded in luxury as we have never experienced. A major part of this is the jewel collection of the royal family.

Queen Elizabeth, in particular, has some pieces that royal fans have envied for years. We have seen her dripping in the most precious gems in the world, from her multi-carat tiaras to her stunning engagement ring.

When a person has jewelry of that caliber, it is only natural that not just any old routine will do in terms of caring for them. While many people have been known to clean their jewelry with a special, inexpensive store-bought cleanser, or even use the old-fashioned method of gentle soap and water scrubbing, the queen has a much different way of keeping her jewelry looking its best.

One of the most impressive jewel collections in the world

Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the state banquet in her honour at Schloss Bellevue palace.
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Queen Elizabeth always looks nothing less than spectacular whenever she makes an appearance. We know that we will always see her majesty in one of her famous brightly colored outfits, looking perfectly put-together from head to toe.

No matter what she wears, we can always count on the queen to be sporting a piece or two from the royal jewelry box — something that complements her outfit perfectly. So, what famous jewels does she own?

According to Town & Country, the collection is absolutely jaw-dropping. The Imperial State Crown consists of 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and over 200 pearls. She has also been known to wear a beautiful four-strand pearl choker, which she acquired in the 1980s. The piece has also been lent to Kate Middleton on occasion.

What else does the queen have? Let’s not forget the Russian Fringe Tiara, which her majesty wore on her wedding day in 1947, as well as the Victorian Suite of Sapphire and Diamond set, a necklace and earring set that was made all the way back in 1850 and passed on to Queen Elizabeth.

Has Queen Elizabeth lent any jewels to other members of the royal family?

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Queen Elizabeth is rather generous when it comes to her jewelry, letting family members such as Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie enjoy the luxurious pieces. The Duchess of Cambridge, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Eugenie wore tiaras from the royal collection when they got married. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Duchess Meghan wore the Queen Mary tiara for her walk down the aisle, while Duchess Kate has been seen wearing the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara more than once.

Why are Queen Elizabeth’s jewels rinsed with this hard liquor?

Of course, the queen’s jewelry is always as sparkling as can be, however, most fans don’t know that there is a special reason for this. As it turns out, her majesty’s jewelry is rinsed with gin.

People reports that in order to clean the jewelry, the queen’s dressmaker uses the liquor mixed with a bit of water because it is said to make them sparkle just a little brighter. Although the are professionally cleaned from time to time, the gin gets rid of any buildup or residue that may be lingering, ensuring that each piece always looks its best.

Now we know that next time our jewelry is looking a little dull, we just need to reach for the nearest bottle of gin for a royal look that is sure to impress.