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Old 02-13-2013, 11:13 PM
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Thanks, Artemisia. I really like the asymmetry of the dangling pieces.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:52 PM
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Wouldn't it just? Every time I see Camilla wearing her turquoise demi-parure, I keep longing for a tiara to match. The Persian Tiara alone would have been wonderful, but the entire parure? I'd be in turquoise heaven.
I love turquoise jewelry, it seems not a lot of people on royal websites like turquoise tiaras and such, but I adore them!!
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:20 AM
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Don't like turquoise at all. The demi-parure does absolutely nothing for me.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:23 PM
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About a week ago someone inquired about the necklace worn by Sophie for the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria. That sparked a bit of a research which led to one discovery and two mysteries.

There are five very similar necklaces in the Queen's jewellery collection which often get confused with each other. Well, actually one of them has been worn by only by the Countess of Wessex but I assume it may be a loan from Queen Elizabeth.

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1 - The Queen's King Fahd Diamond Necklace
2 - The Queen's King Faisal Diamond Necklace
3 - The Queen's King Khalid Diamond Necklace
4 - The Queen's Even Fringe Diamond Necklace
5 - The Countess of Wessex's Mystery Necklace

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Those necklaces are just so beautiful; it would be hard put for me to choose which is my favorite. They all have a delicate design with interesting shaped diamonds. Thanks for the compilation, Artemisia, it's nice to see them all grouped together since apart they can be confused for each other.
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#3 and #5 look the same to me.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:09 AM
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Wouldn't it just? Every time I see Camilla wearing her turquoise demi-parure, I keep longing for a tiara to match. The Persian Tiara alone would have been wonderful, but the entire parure? I'd be in turquoise heaven.
Persian Tiara? I don't think I've ever heard of this piece. Are there any pictures?

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There's a great deal of jewels that The Queen haven't dusted off yet. I think Camilla and Catherine should get in those vaults at some point and do some dusting. The Queen & Catherine did for the Royal Wedding.
Not just Camilla and Kate. Sophie too!! Then again, considering what she wore Tiara and necklace wise to the Luxembourg Wedding in October, maybe that's already happened?

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I can't comment on the relative comfort of the Boucheron vs the Delhi Durbar as I have not worn either of them myself ,


Oh if only, huh Muriel? I think I'm safe in saying that the majority of us would literally leap really high in joy if we were given a chance to experience wearing either one of those beauties. Of course JMO, but...

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but as regards the Teck Crescent tiara, we do not know how long ago it was loaned to Camilla. The fact that it was loaned was only revealed when The Queen's Diamonds was published last summer. Since then, there have been at 2 state visits to the UK, and Camilla could have worn the Teck if she so desired. My guess is that it is probably one that she either does not like, or does not suit her.
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As regards the Delhi Durbar, my own view (completely unsubstantiated, I hasten to add) is that one of the reasons she does not wear it is because of the sensitivities of the large Indian diaspora in the UK, and large numbers of whom are now influential British subjects. The Indians have long felt that they were subjugated under British rule, and were forced to part with a number of their treasures (including the Kohinoor). The Delhi Durbar is a very potent reminder of that extended period of subjugation that not one that people from a resurgent and confident India particularly relish. Much as I love the tiara and I think it works well for Camilla, I would be surprised if she wore it again in a hurry. Once she is Queen, she may choose to wear it abroad, where domestic sensitivities are less relevant.
First...I *really* need to get my hands on The Queen's Diamonds. It really sounds like such a Must Have for a Royal Library.

Second...Two thoughts about the Teck Crescent Tiara...

I also think due to the design of it, the piece suits a younger person more. I can't exactly explain why I feel like that, I just do and always have since I first learned of this gorgeous thing. Maybe the design comes across to me as "young"? I don't know, but that's just what my instincts have always told me.

Also, judging from the pictures I've seen of it, it's not a "big" tiara. More medium sized and...Now this is something I never thought I'd say about Camilla....Size wise I don't think it would suit her. W/her face shape, I would have thought that in the past before she ever did wear a tiara, the Teck Crescent would have been good match for her.

Then she wore the Boucheron and the Deilhi Durbar and I realized I had been wrong about her face structure and big tiaras. They really do look amazing on her, and now I think a smaller in design Tiara compared to those two, wouldn't suit her at all. I'm just going on instinct here and my limited knowledge of the Teck Crescent, but maybe I'd feel differently after seeing Camilla wear it. I certainly did after seeing just how amazing the "big gun tiaras" looked on her after all.

All of this being JMO.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:29 AM
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#3 and #5 look the same to me.
They aren't though. Have a look at a larger picture of number 3 necklace and number 5.
You'll see several marked differences:
- The base of N3 consists of a slightly larger brilliant flanked by smaller ones at each side, while N5 has brilliants of the same size.
- The fringes don't match either. N5 has 4-row fringe, N3 has 3-row one and in different designs. The smaller fringes of N3 consist of two baguette diamonds with two small brilliants between them, while the smaller fringes of N5 are six marquise-cut diamonds (two at each end, plus four in a cross formation).
- The smallest (3-stone) fringes of N3 go all the way to the back of the necklace, while the ones of N5 stop about halfway through.

These are definitely different necklaces, and N5 has only been worn by Sophie (I have consulted pictures for the past 3 decades of the Queen's reign and she has almost definitely not worn it from 1960s onwards).
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:12 AM
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Persian Tiara? I don't think I've ever heard of this piece. Are there any pictures?
Persian Tiara is just another name for Princess Margaret's Turquoise Tiara. I have attached a picture of it.
You can read about the tiara and parure here - Princess Margaret's Persian Turquoise Tiara.
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A necklace from the Queen's collection that has never actually been worn but is nevertheless one of the most important pieces she owns.

For a (relatively) brief story of the necklace, have a look at this article: The Timur Ruby Necklace
For a (much) longer article on the stone itself and how it founds its way into the British vaults, check out this article: The Timur Ruby

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From Her Majesty's Jewel Vault: The Delhi Durbar Bracelet

This bracelet is absolutely magnificent! One of my favorites from the Queen.
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I agree, that's one of my favourite bracelets of Her Majesty!
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A necklace from the Queen's collection that has never actually been worn but is nevertheless one of the most important pieces she owns.

For a (relatively) brief story of the necklace, have a look at this article: The Timur Ruby Necklace
For a (much) longer article on the stone itself and how it founds its way into the British vaults, check out this article: The Timur Ruby

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Artemisia - have you seen this necklace in person? I was surprised at how kinked the necklace "chain" appears.
But what spectacular stones! If you have seen them, how visible are the inclusions? The Timur Ruby itself looks very clear, but I always see the side stones and feel they are more occluded.
Thanks, as always for sharing. I think I'd love to actually hold this necklace more than any other - just to see the workmanship up close!
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:49 AM
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With all of those jewels, I sometimes wonder if Queen Mary rattled when she walked.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:54 AM
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With all of those jewels, I sometimes wonder if Queen Mary rattled when she walked.
Lol, yeah even Prince Charles remember the noise of his mother's jewels when she used to visit him while he took his bath as a little boy.
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Lol, yeah even Prince Charles remember the noise of his mother's jewels when she used to visit him while he took his bath as a little boy.
And his mother is a mere shadow of the mighty Queen Mary when it came to wearing the odd trinket or too!!
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Artemisia - have you seen this necklace in person? I was surprised at how kinked the necklace "chain" appears.
But what spectacular stones! If you have seen them, how visible are the inclusions? The Timur Ruby itself looks very clear, but I always see the side stones and feel they are more occluded.
Thanks, as always for sharing. I think I'd love to actually hold this necklace more than any other - just to see the workmanship up close!
I wish I had seen it in person but unfortunately, that's not the case. In fact, I'm not even certain it is displayed anywhere at all.

Have a look at this picture which offers a very good magnfication of the necklace and the stone. The ruby does appear to be very clear but I'd say inclusions could be visible in daylight or strong artificial light.
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Shame no one has worn it. It's quite something.
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I wonder what the inscription on the stone is. Very intriguing and beautiful workmanship on the necklace. A real statement piece, though the stones are not to my taste.
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With all of those jewels, I sometimes wonder if Queen Mary rattled when she walked.
I'm sure she did
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