The Duchess of Gloucester still wears her Turquoise Parure quite often. As for Princess Margaret's, I think it might be in the Queen's possession again because, as far as I know, the Queen Mother only loaned - and not gifted - the parure to Margaret.
The Turquoise Parure was the Queen Mother's present to Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday so it would be an unusual gift if only on loan!
I have read conflicting reports on this. According to most sources, the Persian Turquoise Parure (consisting of a tiara, a necklace, earrings, several hair pieces and a brooch) was indeed a gift to Margaret on the occasion of her 21st birthday. Some other sources, however, state the parure was a loan to Margaret to be used for life but, after her death, to be returned to the royal collection. Either way, the present whereabouts of the tiara (or other pieces of the parure) are unknown.
You're right - but what we do know is that HM the Queen does not appear to be in the habit of absorbing other family members' jewels into her own collection (apart from her late Mother's which were bequeathed to her). For example the Cambridge Sapphires Tiara - a hugely important family piece originating with the Duchess Cambridge, then passing via the Grand Duchess Augusta of Mecklenburg Strelitz to Queen Mary and then to the Kents via Princess Marina - sold and gone along with numerous other pieces . It is my suspicion ( and of course this cannot be proven until we see them again) that Princess Margaret's remaining jewels are in the possession of her two children.
The Cambridge sapphires were the private property of Queen Mary so she was free to do with them as she wished, in this case gifting them to Marina so I don't think there was ever a chance of them being returned to the Crown. If Margaret's turquise parure was the personal property of the Queen Mother the same situation would exist, private property gifted as she saw fit. If on the other hand it was part of the Crown Collection then it should have been returned. We probably won't know for sure until it shows up on another wearer. Right now all we know is that it was not sold with Margarets other jewels.
I think because HM has such a vast jewel collection, she wouldn't be interested in pieces that don't have a main connection to the crown. Case in point, the magnificent Poltimore tiara that Princess Margaret's children sold after her death and the Queen didn't purchase it because its provenance was linked to Lady Poltimore, wife of Baron Poltimore. Now, personally, I'd have snapped it up in a heartbeat being less interested in prior ownership and more for the beauty of the piece!
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The article does not state the current ownership of the various pieces although it is likely to be Viscount Linley and/or Lady Sarah.
Princess Margaret's jewellery, including £100 secondhand watch Queen Mother once bought her, to fetch millions at public auction
Rare collection of personal items to go under the hammer in Birmingham
Items include a flawless 5.16 carat diamond ring expected to fetch £750,000
Secondhand gold watch by Cartier, bought as present by Queen Mother also on sale
A rare collection of personal items that once belonged to Princess Margaret is to go under the hammer for the first time at a public auction. The Princess Margaret Collection, which comprises belongings from her apartment in Kensington Palace, will be sold at the 'Antiques for Everyone' auction in Birmingham this month.
Items going under the hammer include a flawless 5.16 carat diamond ring, made for the Princess in 1970, that is expected to fetch £750,000. A solid gold clock with the princess' initial with a crown over it is expected to fetch up to £140,000. Other items for sale include trinkets, paintings and photos of the Princess, with prices beginning at £2,000.
A Cartier watch bought for Princess Margaret by the Queen Mother for her 20th birthday will also feature in the sale. The Queen Mother purchased the art deco watch second hand from the famous jewellers in 1940 for just £100. It is now worth £150,000.
A spokesman for Riverside Antiques said: 'All of the items on sale have been authenticated by Princess Margaret’s son Lord Linley. 'What is so compelling about the collection is that it is part of the fascinating and sometimes turbulent life of the Princess and many of these items were personally used or worn by her.'
Also for sale, but not at the fair because of its size, is a four poster bed which was made for the royal Princesses’ grandparents. It resided mainly at Glamis Castle where Princess Margaret was born and is widely believed to be the bed she was born in.
v some items
1. the 5.16 carat diamond ring - in presentation box
2. top of the gold clock with Princess Margaret's monogram
3. the art deco Cartier watch
4. the 5.16 carat diamond ring - worn by a model
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