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Old 11-28-2015, 10:10 PM
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Camilla looked wonderful at the CHOGM Banquet, not surprisingly, she was wearing the Greville Honeycomb. But it was her pairing of it with her gorgeous pink amethyst pearl choker that really caught the eye.

On the face of it that may have seemed an odd pairing, but she also gave us a rare sighting of the gorgeous matching pink amethyst earrings which looked quite magnificent and tied the whole look together and really looked good with her grey lace gown.

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/...re-id499038662
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Old 11-28-2015, 10:17 PM
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Old 11-28-2015, 10:48 PM
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The earrings and necklace are exquisite.
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Old 11-29-2015, 12:33 AM
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I love that grey gown that Camilla wore. I wouldn't have called it lace, but that may be the technical term. I think the sparkly decoration is far more interesting than traditional lace. And that particular colour works beautifully with the pink of the choker and earrings. It makes them glow. And the amethysts and pearls and the diamonds of the tiara combined, with the RFO, to create a fabulous look. The photo of Charles and Camilla looking at each other is lovely. It reveals so much depth of feeling I almost feel I'm intruding on a private moment and should look away.

Does anyone know if there is a reason why HM wasn't wearing her RFOs?
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All the jewelry worn by Camilla was dreaming. From tiara,earrings or necklace what to let go?
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Old 11-29-2015, 04:41 AM
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The 4th picture down, of Camilla in the tiara taken when she is in a coach (looks like), is an outstanding picture. The tiara is perfectly lighted imo. Really shows off it's beauty (and I'm not a tiara person). Very impressive. Very beautiful.
Lighting is everything. Especially when diamonds are not brilliant cut (that technique became en vogue in the 20th C) it needs a gentle lighting, for an example from candelabras and chandeliers to unfold all their magic sparkle and splendour. In modern times with modern lighting, diamonds often have no chance to cactch, reflect and refract the light because the lighting is too good, too omnipresent.

In that picture of the Duchess of Cornwall seated in the carriage, she was in daylight, seated in a darker environment (the carriage) but there is a little chrystal lamp inside the carriage above Camilla's head. Ideal circumstances for making a splendid picture. Sometimes, when the sun is very low, going down (like on the early evening of April 29st 2013) and when the diamonds have the quality to "catch" it, it is possible to see some sparkle from rose-cut diamonds in daylight: picture.
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Old 11-29-2015, 04:56 AM
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Does anyone know if there is a reason why HM wasn't wearing her RFOs?
It was a black-tie dresscode, so ladies and gentlemen usually do not wear Orders. In the British Commonwealth however, gentlemen tend to wear (smaller) Orders with their smoking however but ladies remained without Order.

On itself the Queen was correctly dressed without any Order. Maybe the Duchess wanted to express her adherence to her mother-in-law, the Queen, by wearing her miniature?

When you look for images of the Queen during black-tie dinners, you never see a RFO. When you look for images of the Duchess of Cornwall, you see no RFO either, except.... when she is joining the Queen.... for an example the previous Commonwealth banquet in Uganda.

I think it is a lovely gesture by Camilla.
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Old 11-29-2015, 07:42 AM
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Interesting point about the RFO. Here is a pic from the Uganda meeting in 2007:
Uganda - Day 3 | Getty Images


I must say that I prefer the jewels from this years Commonwealth meeting. The combination was beautiful and tasteful.
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I'm going off topic, I know, but this has piqued my curiosity. Maybe it should be put somewhere else.

At the CHOGM banquet dinner in Perth in 2011, which was a black tie event, HM wore the insignia of a Dame of the Order of Australia: http://www.jthonline.com/WordPress/w...anquet-608.jpg No RFOs though. But she did wear her RFOs in 1997 when the Queen Mother also attended and she, too, wore RFOs. And on other occasions HM has worn the Garter Star and once - probably in New Zealand - a New Zealand order. From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: Flashback: CHOGM Dinners They all seem to be black tie events. Curious.
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:03 AM
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Camilla looked wonderful at the CHOGM Banquet, not surprisingly, she was wearing the Greville Honeycomb. But it was her pairing of it with her gorgeous pink amethyst pearl choker that really caught the eye.

On the face of it that may have seemed an odd pairing, but she also gave us a rare sighting of the gorgeous matching pink amethyst earrings which looked quite magnificent and tied the whole look together and really looked good with her grey lace gown.

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/...re-id499038662
The necklace always appeared to be a new setting and finally seeing the earrings clearly, it look like the clasp/brooch had the diamonds added at a later date.
IMO, the clasp/brooch might look better without the diamonds.
Hopefully they are detachable and the older brooch only sits insides the diamonds.

The earrings are very pretty.

The 'new' diamonds always made the clasp look like costume jewelry.

She should have the diamonds removed and make a simple diamond brooch/pin out of the them.

Hopefully she has 10 extra pearls in her jewelry box that match the necklace so she 'restore' the necklace/brooch.

It would be shame if the reason for the diamonds was because she was short a few pearls.
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:35 AM
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I love that grey gown that Camilla wore. I wouldn't have called it lace, but that may be the technical term. I think the sparkly decoration is far more interesting than traditional lace. And that particular colour works beautifully with the pink of the choker and earrings. It makes them glow. And the amethysts and pearls and the diamonds of the tiara combined, with the RFO, to create a fabulous look. The photo of Charles and Camilla looking at each other is lovely. It reveals so much depth of feeling I almost feel I'm intruding on a private moment and should look away.

Does anyone know if there is a reason why HM wasn't wearing her RFOs?
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:52 AM
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great close-up on tiara, earrings & choker
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/...8658964630.jpg
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Old 11-29-2015, 12:06 PM
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Here are pictures of the necklace & earrings from various events and from the Sotheby auction catalog.

It includes some of Camilla's other necklaces/chokers.

Royal Jewels Lists » HRH the Duchess of Cornwall’s multi-strand Pearl Chokers / Necklaces
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great close-up on tiara, earrings & choker
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/...8658964630.jpg
Camilla looks absolutely fabulous.
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Old 11-29-2015, 01:02 PM
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I thought Camilla looked beautiful. The Jewels were excellent, but I wish she would explore the other tiara's in the vaults.
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I can only second that! Where has the Durbar tiara disappeared to? How come that Roberst reveals in his book that the Teck tiara was loaned to her, and she never wore it? How I would love to see her wear them (again).
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Lighting is everything. Especially when diamonds are not brilliant cut (that technique became en vogue in the 20th C) it needs a gentle lighting, for an example from candelabras and chandeliers to unfold all their magic sparkle and splendour. In modern times with modern lighting, diamonds often have no chance to cactch, reflect and refract the light because the lighting is too good, too omnipresent.

In that picture of the Duchess of Cornwall seated in the carriage, she was in daylight, seated in a darker environment (the carriage) but there is a little chrystal lamp inside the carriage above Camilla's head. Ideal circumstances for making a splendid picture. Sometimes, when the sun is very low, going down (like on the early evening of April 29st 2013) and when the diamonds have the quality to "catch" it, it is possible to see some sparkle from rose-cut diamonds in daylight: picture.
Many thanks, Duc_et_Pair, for these insights. Adds a new dimension of understanding regarding how fabulous those 'glittering' dinners, balls and galas must have been in the age of the candelabra. Versailles! with the mirrors!
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Camilla looked wonderful at the CHOGM Banquet, not surprisingly, she was wearing the Greville Honeycomb. But it was her pairing of it with her gorgeous pink amethyst pearl choker that really caught the eye.

On the face of it that may have seemed an odd pairing, but she also gave us a rare sighting of the gorgeous matching pink amethyst earrings which looked quite magnificent and tied the whole look together and really looked good with her grey lace gown.

http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/...re-id499038662
Such a wonderful photo of the two of them. There are no words that could adequately describe the looks they are giving each other.
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Old 11-29-2015, 06:22 PM
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To all those who pointed out the obvious, the stones are, of course, pink topazes! (I was obviously suffering from brain fade when I posted).

Now to that gorgeous brooch turned into a pearl choker clasp, I must say that Charles picked the most beautiful pearls with the slightest blush tinge to pair with the clasp and, to all those raging about restoring it to it's original incarnation with pearls instead of diamonds . . . well, the only thing that has changed was the purpose for which it was originally designed. The brooch/clasp remains intact as indeed have the earrings and are as listed in Southby's!

http://i62.tinypic.com/b9is6u.jpg

This incarnation with three strands of pearls appears to be the first shot at a necklace, but from the look of it, I should imagine it would be too large and heavy to easily wear it with the clasp anywhere but dead centre and thus the change to a five string choker.

http://i61.tinypic.com/30sd5dg.jpg
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Now to that gorgeous brooch turned into a pearl choker clasp, I must say that Charles picked the most beautiful pearls with the slightest blush tinge to pair with the clasp and, to all those raging about restoring it to it's original incarnation with pearls instead of diamonds . . . well, the only thing that has changed was the purpose for which it was originally designed. The brooch/clasp remains intact as indeed have the earrings and are as listed in Southby's!
Marg, I believe you misread my post or I was not clear.

The outer row of diamonds should be removed.
They are clearly not original.

The string of pearls should be extended in order to make up for the collet row of diamonds.

The rose diamonds in the earrings match the rose diamonds in the brooch. The extra row of diamonds in the brooch does not match.

If the outer row of 26 diamonds can be removed with their current setting intact, that will make a nice new diamond brooch for Camilla.

Found another website with info from the sale. The text is a bit light.

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