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Old 11-29-2015, 08:10 PM
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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.

Royal Jewels of the World Message Board: Re: Duchess of Cornwall. Necklace, pendant and earrings
I see what you mean I believe. I suppose the previous owner before Camilla added the diamonds. I think it is beautiful either way.
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Old 11-30-2015, 01:15 AM
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I see what you are getting at Queen Camilla, but I think the diamonds are original.

The reason is the diamond surrounds of the central stones of both the earrings and the brooch appear to be the same size. The diamonds at the base of the earrings are larger yet balanced for the size of the central stones of the earrings.

Had the topaz of the brooch only been surrounded by the filigree outside the initial diamond surround without the larger frame of diamonds, it would look would look decidedly odd surrounding what really is a humongous central stone.
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Old 11-30-2015, 01:44 AM
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The reason is the diamond surrounds of the central stones of both the earrings and the brooch appear to be the same size. The diamonds at the base of the earrings are larger yet balanced for the size of the central stones of the earrings.

Had the topaz of the brooch only been surrounded by the filigree outside the initial diamond surround without the larger frame of diamonds, it would look would look decidedly odd surrounding what really is a humongous central stone.
The set appears to have had several additions over the years.

Although the base of the earring look like a later addition and are not an exact match to the filigree of the brooch, the colors match.

The extra ring of diamond are white and do not match.

IMO, the set started out as a topaz with just one row of diamonds in both the brooch & earrings.

Then they added the base to the earrings and did the filigree on the brooch.

The wire around the filigree and the white diamonds were probably added much later. They look new and stand out.

I 'removed' the extra row of diamonds from the brooch and I think it looks much better. (Not a good photoshop job so cannot post picture.)
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:21 AM
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I think the brooch / choker look lovely as they are. I am not sure the diamonds were added later, and even if they were, they look great and add "meat" to the bone.
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Old 11-30-2015, 08:08 AM
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I agree and wouldn't change the jewel. It's just perfect as it is and the design seem quite balanced to me.
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Old 11-30-2015, 04:13 PM
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I think the brooch / choker look lovely as they are. I am not sure the diamonds were added later, and even if they were, they look great and add "meat" to the bone.
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I agree and wouldn't change the jewel. It's just perfect as it is and the design seem quite balanced to me.
In the final analysis, I believe you are both right. The clasp has gravitas in its own right as the most beautiful centerpiece of Camilla's premier pearl choker.
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Old 11-30-2015, 06:42 PM
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Sweden royal family has very similar brooch, so, maybe, one day we will see one more pearl choker with very beautiful centerpiece :)

http://40.media.tumblr.com/544358518...me9o1_1280.png
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:15 PM
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I've never seen those pink topaz earrings before; they're really lovely. And it was a wonderful color combination with that silvery gray gown. Well done, Camilla!
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:23 PM
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I would take the pink topaz with diamonds any day of the week over sapphires or emeralds. Everything for me depends on the color of the stone, I love the warmth of rubies as they can really show well as does the pink topaz. Ladies you all can have those blue/green gem stones as I will take the reds, purples, pinks and creamy pearls.
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:26 PM
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That is a nice harmonious set the Swedes own.

I would however remove the teardrops and make another set.

The first set would then be a necklace with two oval/round brooches.

The second set would be the brooch which would consist of the three teardrops, the leaves and the triangle diamond. The two smaller teardrop on the necklace would become earrings and the middle would become a pendant.

The teardrops on the necklace appears to be detachable as do the center of the brooch.
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:31 PM
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The set appears to have had several additions over the years.

Although the base of the earring look like a later addition and are not an exact match to the filigree of the brooch, the colors match.

The extra ring of diamond are white and do not match.

IMO, the set started out as a topaz with just one row of diamonds in both the brooch & earrings.

Then they added the base to the earrings and did the filigree on the brooch.

The wire around the filigree and the white diamonds were probably added much later. They look new and stand out.

I 'removed' the extra row of diamonds from the brooch and I think it looks much better. (Not a good photoshop job so cannot post picture.)
Well, most of us like it, altered or not. Nothing about the set offends my eye, nor a number of others here.
Maybe you can talk the DOC into having a forensic jeweler take a look at the back/settings and assay the metals to prove your theory?
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:36 PM
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I would take the pink topaz with diamonds any day of the week over sapphires or emeralds. Everything for me depends on the color of the stone, I love the warmth of rubies as they can really show well as does the pink topaz. Ladies you all can have those blue/green gem stones as I will take the reds, purples, pinks and creamy pearls.
Thanks. I'll happily take all the greens. I wouldn't mind a nice diamond or two to set them off. Someone else can have the blues.
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Old 12-01-2015, 12:10 AM
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Sweden royal family has very similar brooch, so, maybe, one day we will see one more pearl choker with very beautiful centerpiece :)

http://40.media.tumblr.com/544358518...me9o1_1280.png
Wow! Gorgeous! Has anyone ever worn them altogether? Or individual pieces?
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Old 12-01-2015, 12:25 AM
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Camilla looked great in her tiara, choker and earrings. I just wish she would explore other tiara's though.
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Old 12-01-2015, 01:37 AM
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Wow! Gorgeous! Has anyone ever worn them altogether? Or individual pieces?
I did a google search for I remembered that when Crown Princess Victoria got married she wore the set with a light lavender gown, she looked gorgeous. I hope I can post the picture here, not sure of how this works yet. On the back of her gown the brooch holds the blue ribbon in place. That picture got lost somewhere in the internet land.

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Old 12-01-2015, 11:55 PM
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Thank you, SnowBirds. Nice to see.
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Old 12-14-2015, 03:55 PM
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From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: The Duchess of Cornwall's Pink Topaz Choker and Earrings

An absolutely exquisite set. The color is divine.
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Old 12-14-2015, 04:36 PM
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It's a very nice set indeed.
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Old 12-15-2015, 02:47 PM
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Old 12-23-2015, 03:09 PM
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From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: 2015: The Duchess of Cornwall's Year in Tiaras

Those rubies are breathtaking!
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