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You could probably still have an impressive necklace and have enough to make a nice ruby tiara like the one Princess Grace wore ( a loaner from Van Cleef & Arpels), third from the top on the attached link.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:42 PM
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I think you could get a tiara and a necklace out of it in it's current form.

The circular base could remain as is and the 'prongs' could be added to a frame.
For Baroness, inparticular.

This is a very rushed effort to portray what I envision, so my apologies for it's lack luster appearance.



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Old 04-03-2012, 10:26 PM
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A great job!
The ruby necklace does look so much better as a necklace plus tiara.
It would be quite possible to make a couple of bracelets, rings, earrings, and brooches out of it too, without losing much volume.
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Madame Royale, you are truly the mistress of the art of tiara photo-shopping! That's a marvelous job and that's exactly how I envisioned the necklace by itself. The tiara looks really good since it would probably sit lower in Camilla's hair. I'm sure she could still get a few bits and bobs from that major segment while still keeping a tiara. Thank you.
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The best I've ever seen her hair. You could have done something with the bra, too.
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You forgot her sapphires

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The sapphire necklace is gorgeous!
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:26 AM
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Very well done, Madame. You had done well to make the Saudi demi parure into a usable piece of jewellery!
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You could have done something with the bra, too.
That gave me my morning chuckle!!
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:54 AM
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Very well done, Madame. You had done well to make the Saudi demi parure into a usable piece of jewellery!
I echo muriel's congratulations - you have made a very attractive suite of jewels from that one huge necklace! One question however, why have you superimposed the Duchess of Cornwall's head onto the body of HM the Queen?
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:56 AM
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LOL it looks like QE2's body with Camilla's head. Still, that's exactly how I saw the necklace bring re-done.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:02 AM
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Well done Madame, I admire anyone with the ability to master photoshop. That's pretty much what I'd like to see. Although, I'd love it if the 'gaps' could be filled in with diamonds somehow (hey, if you're gonna do it may as well do it right).
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Although, I'd love it if the 'gaps' could be filled in with diamonds somehow (hey, if you're gonna do it may as well do it right).
The only issue I'd have with that is that the integrity of the original composition would be therefore compromised. Maintaing a recognisable appearance would be quite important I'd imagine, considering it was a gift afterall. But because it belongs to the state and is not the personal property of any one person, I'd consider it somewhat unlikely that it should be remodeled anytime soon (would like to be proven wrong).

It would not be disimilar in style to the Hanovarian fringe, though evidently not as dense and with additional height. I certainly think it a worthwhile consideration in any case :)

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The sapphire necklace is gorgeous!
It really is a stunning necklace. Would love to see Camilla wear it more often than what she has.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:48 AM
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The only issue I'd have with that is that the integrity of the original composition would be therefore compromised. Maintaing a recognisable appearance would be quite important I'd imagine, considering it was a gift afterall. But because it belongs to the state and is not the personal property of any one person, I'd consider it somewhat unlikely that it should be remodeled anytime soon (would like to be proven wrong).

It would not be disimilar in style to the Hanovarian fringe, though evidently not as dense and with additional height. I certainly think it a worthwhile consideration in any case :)
I take on board your point about maintaining the integrity of the original present, but I just think it will be very difficult, from a domestic PR perspective, for Camilla to get a "new" tiara any time in the near future, even if it uses stones from an existing necklace. My sense is that this necklace will sit in the vaults for some time, and may end up being used by Catherine when she is Princess of Wales, if she so desires. She may, with the permission of C&C, choose to modify it along the lines of Madame Royal's excellent photoshop.

Once she is Queen, Camilla will have the choice of Queen Victoria's ruby (formerly opal) suite, or the Baring suite HM purchased in the 1960s, and a choice of tiaras to match (Oriental circlet or the Burmese ruby tiara).

Catherine may intead choose to use the Greville ruby and diamond necklace HM used when she was younger. I would be surprised if Camilla chose to use this one as it is best used with a dress with a low neck line, and it has been a while since Camilla has worn anything that low.
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Fortunately, Camilla will not go wanting for any tiara's so I don't see that being an issue. I think we may very well be introduced to some never before seen or at least, those which have not been seen in a long time, pieces of jewellery when Charles succeeds his mother.

I think Camilla's style will reflect that of her husbands to some degree and by that I mean that I think we'll see her wear some rather robust, Edwardian looking settings. I don't think she'll be the Queen Alexandra of the 21st century, but I do think she won't be affraid to sport some sizeable gems not often (if at all) endorsed by our current sovereign.
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Fortunately, Camilla will not go wanting for any tiara's so I don't see that being an issue. I think we may very well be introduced to some never before seen or at least, those which have not been seen in a long time, pieces of jewellery when Charles succeeds his mother.

I think Camilla's style will reflect that of her husbands to some degree and by that I mean that I think we'll see her wear some rather robust, Edwardian looking settings. I don't think she'll be the Queen Alexandra of the 21st century, but I do think she won't be affraid to sport some sizeable gems not often (if at all) endorsed by our current sovereign.
I agree with you on this, Camilla has demosntrated that, PR issues notwithstanding, she is not afraid to don a serious rock or two. Having said that, in recent years, she appears to be less willing to get the serious rocks out. We have not seen the Greville 3 or 5 string since its only appearance in 2007, nor have we seen the collet necklace in some time (probably last seen in Brunei in late 2008)
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I don't think there would be any issue PR-wise if Camilla were to use this ruby necklace and fashion a tiara our of it. Ultimately, she's just reconstituting existing pieces and so the costs would be kept relatively low. Where there would be a PR issue is if, say, Charles were to go out and buy her a whole new parure from scratch. But then, the BRF often just don't comment on jewellery so if he did buy a whole new raft of jewels, he could just not comment on it and we'd not know if they were new or pieces from the depths of the vaults.

Charles has never been scared of putting his hand in his pocket to buy substantial pieces. I can imagine him taking the lead on amending this piece.
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Jewels worn today by Camilla in Liverpool, picture courtesy of Iceflower in the current events thread. She's wearing her favorite pearl earrings and one of her chokers and her brooches look like turquoise birds, something I haven't seen before.

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I don't remember seeing them before either, Baroness. Anyone any ideas?
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I've an odd question here. Should Camilla be crowned as Queen Consort when the time comes, is it possible that perhaps some pieces could be fashioned into her own personal Queen Consort crown or would she wear one that has been previously worn? Just wondering....
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Jewels worn today by Camilla in Liverpool, picture courtesy of Iceflower in the current events thread. She's wearing her favorite pearl earrings and one of her chokers and her brooches look like turquoise birds, something I haven't seen before.
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Camilla has actually worn those brooches quite often, they are among her favourites.
Among other events, she wore them during the visit to Hampshire with Prince Charles on May 26, 2011
The brooches appear to be part of her private collection because Camilla has them on in a couple of pre-wedding pictures.


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