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Old 11-26-2012, 06:11 AM
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Marinas sapphire brooches

Spheno that is a beautiful closeup photo of an amethyst brooch. Looks like Princes Michael of Kent wearing it, but it is not the one I am talking about.
Do you have any information about the brooch you posted?
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Do you have any information about the brooch you posted?
no :(
this is indeed princess Michael of Kent
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According to RJWMB, the brooch Princess Michael wore is identical (bar for the colour) to the brooches that were seen on Crown Princess Maxima and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The brooches may be Kiki McDonough creations. At any rate, they are certainly contemporary pieces and not some kind of heirlooms.

I've attached pictures of the brooches as worn by all three ladies:
- The brooch as worn by Princess Michael (in amethyst)
- The brooch as worn by Princess Maxima (in black?)
- The brooch as worn by Queen Beatrix (in citrine)


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Thank you for that info Artemisia. The amethyst one looks best to me.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:36 PM
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I'm not a huge fan of carved gems (except scarabs and cameos) - but these are FINE! Imagine the rock each of these came from - formidable!
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:40 PM
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thanks Artemesia. I love amethysts and pansies, so guess which got my vote!
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What a beautiful pansy brooch; the purple is just so intense a color. I wonder if that's enamel or some other material. And for me, I just love the Festoon tiara worn with the diamond base.
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Very nice. Onyx perhaps?
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The black one definitely looks like onyx to me as well.
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A couple of Jewels from the Kent collection, both now sold:
Princess Marina's Diamond Bow Brooch
Princess Marina’s Diamond Girandole Earrings

The earrings are just incredibly beautiful! No wonder Marina loved them so much. The brooch is amazing as well and is of Russian provenance; it belonged to Grand Duchess Elena (Marina's mother) and possibly Grand Duchess Vladimir (Elena's mother) too.

I'll be covering more of Kent Jewels this week, so check the blog from time to time.


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I love bow brooches and this is particularly lovely, and what gorgeous earrings.
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I love bow brooches and this is particularly lovely, and what gorgeous earrings.
The late Princess Marina had good taste,its sad that so many of her jewels had to be sold.
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I believe that the earrings are of Russian provenance as well - I read once on the Web that they were a wedding gift from a relative. Also it seems that although they are very pretty, they were also very delicate, and it wasn't comfortable to wear them - one fast and curt head movement and the bottom part could just "unlock" and fall on the floor
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I believe that the earrings are of Russian provenance as well - I read once on the Web that they were a wedding gift from a relative. Also it seems that although they are very pretty, they were also very delicate, and it wasn't comfortable to wear them - one fast and curt head movement and the bottom part could just "unlock" and fall on the floor
They were a wedding gift from Princess Nicholas of Greece, believed to be Romanov heirlooms.
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Thanks for that information, ldmemail and snowflower!

Another gem from the Kent collection: Cambridge Sapphire Parure
I must confess the new version of the tiara leaves me completely cold. Then again, I hate all button tiaras...

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Artemisia , I think the Duke of Kent sold a stunning tiara and this one is made from a necklace ?
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Artemisia , I think the Duke of Kent sold a stunning tiara and this one is made from a necklace ?
Thats correct.
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Then again, I hate all button tiaras...
Me too,they look odd and unfinished...
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Artemisia , I think the Duke of Kent sold a stunning tiara and this one is made from a necklace ?
It is. If you read the article, the original sapphire parure was sold but they did make a second tiara from the necklace (that came with the parure) by taking out the five largest sapphire and diamond clusters.
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Thanks for that information, ldmemail and snowflower!

Another gem from the Kent collection: Cambridge Sapphire Parure
I must confess the new version of the tiara leaves me completely cold. Then again, I hate all button tiaras...

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With the exception of the stunning color, this tiara doesn't do anything for me. I'm also not a proponent of button tiaras, and this looks just like buttons stuck on a frame to me.
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