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Old 10-23-2012, 03:33 PM
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I certainly haven't seen the amethyst necklace Camilla wore tonight.
The earrings - yes, but not the necklace.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:37 PM
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That's a big amethyst! I'm not a fan of cutesy jewels (and I loathe hearts) but it's good to see new jewels.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:51 PM
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The Queen Mother received a heart shaped amethyst pendant necklace from Queen Alexandra when she married the then Duke of York. Could this be it???
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:59 PM
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That's actually very, very probable. According to Leslie Field:
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The Queen owns another amethyst necklace in addition to the Kent demi-parure, but appears to have no special affection for the stone, as she has worn the Kent suite only twice in public and the second necklace never. The necklace was a wedding gift from Queen Alexandra to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1923 and was given to the Queen after her marriage. Shortened and redesigned since 1923, the necklace now consists of three rows of small pearls interspersed with eight large oval amethysts, each surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds. Hanging from the front largest cluster is a heart-shaped amethyst pendant surrounded by brilliants, and from the four side clusters hang oval amethyst drops surrounded by brilliants.
- Three rows of small pearls? Check.
- Large oval amethysts? Check (although we can see only 4 of them).
- Heart shaped amethyst pendant surrounded by diamonds? Check.
- Amethyst drops? Missing (probably removed).
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:01 PM
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Love seeing new jewels, so I can't complain. Heart shaped isn't my favourite though.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:27 PM
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That amethyst necklace is absolutely gorgeous!
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:32 PM
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I absolutely adore amethysts, so even though heart-shaped pendants aren't my cup of tea, the necklace in general most definitely is.
Two close-ups of the necklace are attached to the post. Hopefully, we'll have even better pictures later on.

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Confirmed it belonged to the QM?
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:25 PM
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Nope. However, the description of the Queen Mother's necklace matches this one pretty accurately.
Plus, Camilla is known to wear a lot of the late Queen Mother's jewellery, so it definitely wouldn't surprise me.

Since an official confirmation is highly unlikely to take place, I'm going to consider this necklace to be the Queen Mother's until proven otherwise.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:57 PM
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I believe you are right. Let's face it, how many . . .
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. . . necklaces consisting of three rows of small pearls interspersed with eight large oval amethysts, each surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds. Hanging from the front largest cluster is a heart-shaped amethyst pendant surrounded by brilliants . . .
. . . do we think there are in the BRF vaults? In the world? Possibly a few but in the possession of a member of the British Royal Family? Well I guess a good statistician could give us the odds.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:58 PM
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That's a beautiful rich color on the stone; I wonder if it's faceted. Nice to see new/old jewels being brought out.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:02 PM
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I love the color of the stone. Goes perfectly with the dress. Not a fan of heart-shaped pendants, but I will say that the Duchess is pulling it off rather nicely.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:15 AM
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That amethyst necklace is absolutely stunning!
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:59 PM
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A bit more about it here:
Jewel of the Day: The Queen Mother's Heart Shaped Amethyst Pendant Necklace | The Royal Forums
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:36 PM
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What a stunner! I love it, and the dress as well!
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:47 PM
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Sartorial Splendor posted this picture of Queen Mother's jewels given on her wedding day.

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The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Wedding Wednesday: More Jewels in Luxembourg
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Looks like a match - although there may have been a lower strands of pearls attached to the heart as well? If so the update to this version is lovely.
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It used to be standard procedure to publish wedding gift lists, so we know just what pieces of jewelry were given to royal brides of previous generations. It was possible to know this amethyst necklace existed, even though it was not seen in public. More recently, that process seems to have been abandoned - or at least such lists don't make it to the USA where I live. Do we know what gifts of jewelry our more modern royal brides have been given upon their marriages?
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:25 PM
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I think that todays royal brides are gieven jewels as wedding gifts. We just don't hear about it much.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:14 PM
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How wonderful! What an utterly fantastic necklace! thank you Artemenisia for the article about it.
I can see a glimpse of earrings from beneath her hair, are they matching?
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