The Prince Albert Brooch is absolutely stunning. It speaks for itself. The engagement ring grew on me after a while. I thought it was too much and too gaudy at first. Now, I think it's rather pretty. Something that big would only work with relatively long and slender fingers, and Diana and Catherine had/have that covered.
In november 2003 had been sold by the Christi's the sapphire of Queen Maria of Romania. The sapphire had been registered for the first time by Cartier around 1912 and the stone was bigger than an egg. It was a precious sapphire with 478 karat and with origins from Sri Lanka. Only two sapphires in the world had been placed before this exquisite gem: Star of India with 563 karat and the sapphire belonged to the Peter the Great with 547 karat and which can be seen in Dresda.
The precious sapphire had been purchased by King Ferdinand of Romania as a gift for his wife Queen Maria. After her death the sapphire had passed to Queen Elena , mother of King Michael of Romania. The last picture of the sapphire was from june 1948 , the wedding of Princess Ana de Bourbon - Parma with Michael.
I don't know if you're referring to the pearl and sapphire choker, Daria, because I'm in love with this piece and really want to see it brought back for use again. So I'm glad I won't have to fight you over it!
And I agree, the PA sapphire brooch is in a class of its own.
__________________ A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd..... D.H. Lawrence
I think in the second photo is Princess Maria ( called also Mignon ) daughter of Queen Maria of Romania, who became Queen Maria of Yugoslavia by marring king Alexander I of Yugoslavia in 1922. Is easy to see the resemblance between mother and daughter. They were such beauties at that time!
Thank you for posting the photos!