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Old 11-11-2012, 07:29 AM
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Intertesting brooch and a ncie touch - great to also hear that Kate received a necklace of similiar design for her wedding. Both jewels, Camilla's brooch and Kate's necklace i presume will be worn at events relating to Australia at home and in Australia just like the Queens does with her wattle brooch
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:18 AM
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The Duchess is wearing her stick insect brooch today, probably as a tribute to her dad.
http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/C...hJON39DOfl.jpg
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:38 AM
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I really like that brooch.
It's one of her personal brooches; Camilla wore it before marrying Prince Charles.

- The brooch as worn today
- The brooch worn at an earlier event
- The brooch worn for an engagement in 2004


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Old 11-11-2012, 06:05 PM
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Gift from the Australian Monarchist League - www.monarchist.org.au

Whichever clown took this photo, clearly thought it "best" to use flash photography!
And to photograph it lying on its side I'm thinking! Wearing it vertically would place the pearl at the top and the Southern Cross stars the right way up. A considerably more effective look than how it's been presented in this dodgy pic. :-]
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I think this is today's brooch from day appearances in NZ.
http://knowingtheroyals.files.wordpr...acbb_x0knl.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/...02_634x502.jpg
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:03 PM
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A very nice gift to TRH's The Duchess of Cornwall & Duchess of Cambridge.
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New Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra Earrings?

Camilla Parker Bowles Photos - The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall Visit New Zealand - Day 3 - Zimbio

Betteridge: Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra Earclips

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Old 11-12-2012, 05:17 PM
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The earrings look pretty much identical, so I daresay it's definitely the Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra pair.
Thanks for identifying them!
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:44 PM
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Wow, those earrings are stunners! A style like that would look great on Catherine.
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"The Australian Monarchist League (AML) has proceeded to commission the manufacture of a brooch (consisting of an Australian pearl nestled into a eucalyptus shaped leaf in white gold with the Southern Cross set in Australian gemstones) to be presented to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall by the League to commemorate both her 65th birthday (last July) and her first visit to Australia in just over three week's time." Here is a broadcast in which the Australian Monarchist League shows the Brooch:
http://tenbreakfast.com.au/video.htm?movideo_m=242201

I also have a better picture of it:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Austra...type=1&theater
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New Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra Earrings?
I have this as the necklace. It is a great piece because you can wear it with everything from jeans and a t shirt to a very fancy party. Extremely flexible design of the entire suite.
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Diamond necklace, T-shirt and jeans?

I've heard it all!
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The Duchess of Cornwall sported a lovely black pearl necklace this am in New Zealand. Yummy. I always think black pearls bring out your inner rock goddess. Link and cropped photo below.

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That is one gorgeous necklace. Does anyone else think it seems to be more than just a straight set of strung pearls? Whatever, I am now suffering from a severe case of Black Pearl envy!
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It is a very beautiful piece. And it's indeed more than just a straight pearl necklace; each individual pearl appears to nest in some sort of a silver cup.
There might also be a pearl pendant of sorts (look at the upper right part of the attached picture).

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I'm not all that keen on black pearls (in fact, I don't like them at all). I find that they suit very few and are often strung quite unpleasing to the eye.
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That is one gorgeous necklace. Does anyone else think it seems to be more than just a straight set of strung pearls? Whatever, I am now suffering from a severe case of Black Pearl envy!
They are baroque (uneven shape) which gives them an undulating line along the string, I think. :-)
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They are baroque (uneven shape) which gives them an undulating line along the string, I think. :-)
Yes, you are probably right. These can happen naturally, when an oyster nucleates nacre (the stuff of which pearls are built) around an oddly shaped bit rather than a uniform grain of sand. There are some huge, beautiful examples of older natural baroque pearls. Starting in the middle ages, artists like Cellini would incorporate them into small scale cast gold works.

But now - when pearls are seeded and cultured, often the shape used for nucleation determines that double headed shape you see on the Duchess's necklace. That shape baroque pearl is call RINGED, for obvious reasons.

Here is an over the top example of what designers can do with baroque pearls: http://www.internetstones.com/image-...ning-jewel.jpg

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I like baroque pearls because of their unique shape and own some pieces, but don't think I care for this necklace. I find that because the pearls are so large and unevenly shaped, they're strung a bit awkwardly and look bulky in this arrangement.
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Here's another image of the Australian brooch.
http://www.monarchist.org.au/regiona...371281737A.jpg
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