Queen’s necklaces


Princess Diana Emerald Choker.

Princess Diana emerald chocker

A little bit of history

The choker is known as Disco Di. This was an art-deco choker which was left to the Queen but she never wore it. In 1981 she took it out of storage and gave it to the Princess of Wales as a wedding gift. That December the Princess had the 14” choker mounted on a band of dark green Velcro so that she could wear it as a hair band at a private party. Instead of a tiara she wore it as a necklace across her forehead as a bandeau. She wore it for the first time in public at a charity dance on a visit to Australia in 1984.

Our replica has an 18×13 emerald cabochon in the centre and three 14×10 emerald cabochons on either side. The cabochons are surrounded by a diamante chain set with 2mm crystal stones. They are separated by two rows of crystal stones which have been set into tiffany settings. In between these two rows of stones are 2 x 2.5mm emerald stones with a 7×3 emerald baguette stone in the middle

The necklace is finished in silver plating.
Width 2.5cm Length 35cm

Item Number 70001

The Cambridge and Dehli Durbar Necklace

The Cambridge and Dehli Durbar Necklace

A little bit of history

This is the most magnificent parure of jewellery in the Queen’s possession. It was created by Queen Mary using stones from four different sources. The Indian word “Durbar” means both a gathering of chieftains to make an administrative decision and a purely ceremonial gathering at which they pay homage to their ruler.

Queen Mary wore this necklace when she and her husband went to India for their acclamation as Emperor and Empress of India. Queen Mary had the necklace made for the occasion from the Cambridge emeralds belonging to her grandmother, the Duchess of Cambridge. The diamonds are smaller cleavings from the Cullinan diamond.

Our replica is made of hand made green cabochon stones which are surrounded and separated by 2mm crystal stones set into round settings. In between these cabochons is a large crystal stone set into a tiffany setting. The necklace has two drops one ending in a navette crystal and the other being a pear hand made emerald cabochon stone.

The necklace is finished in silver plating
Length 46cm Drop 12cm

Item Number 70002

The Godman Necklace

The Godman Necklace

A little bit of history

The Godman necklace which was thought to have a royal provenance had been bought by Fredrick DuCann whilst on holiday in Bavaria in 1890’s. He gave it to his two daughters in 1965.

Long after his death the elderly spinsters wrote to the Lord Chamberlain saying that they believed that they owned a piece of jewellery that belonged to the Empress Josephine of France, and that it may be of interest to her Majesty.

Sir Francis Watson, surveyor for the Queen’s works of art met with them at their bank where the necklace was stored in a vault.

It could never be proved that the necklace ever belonged to Empress Josephine, but despite the lack of royal connection, the misses Godman said that they would like to present the necklace to the Queen, requesting that she wears it occasionally.

The Queen was delighted to add the necklace to her collection and as a “thank you” the spinsters were invited to a private audience with the Queen.

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original, with handmade intricate wirework and square emerald crystal stones, with a large pear shaped emerald stone in the centre.

Item Number 70003

The Dagmar Necklace

The Dagmar Necklace

A little bit of history

In 1863 the Princess Alexandra of Schlewig-Holstein-Gluckburg’s father was elected heir to the childless King Fredrick VII of Denmark.

For the marriage to the Prince of Wales that same year, the King had a famous jeweller in Copenhagen, design a necklace in the Byzantine style. It had 118 pearls and 2000 diamonds. Festoons connecting gold medallions with a large diamond in the middle of each surround a centrepiece of diamond scrollwork.
Two large pearls on either side were so valuable they were exhibited at the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace in 1851. Hanging from the centrepiece id s cloisonné enamel facsimile of the 11th century gold Dagmar Cross in which was a fragment of silk from the grave of King Canute.

Queen Dagmar was the much loved wife of King Waldermar the victorious. When she died in 1212 she was buried with the percorial cross on her breast. Her tomb was opened centuries later and the cross was removed as a precious relic. It became tradition that Danish Princesses were given a copy of the cross when they married.

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original. It is finished in gold plating.
Length 36cm Drop 10cm

Item Number 70004

Queen Alexandra’s  Necklace

Queen Alexandra's necklace

A little bit of history

The necklace was given to Princess Alexandra by the Prince of Wales as a wedding gift in 1863.  She wore it on her wedding day.  The necklace has eight circular clusters of diamonds with a large pearl in the centre of each connected by festoons of diamonds.  The necklace has belonged to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother since the accession of King George VI in 1936’

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original.  It is finished in silver plating..
Length 36 cm  Drop 5.5cm

Item Number 70005

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bandeau Necklace

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bandeau Necklace

A little bit of history

This V shaped diamond and ruby floral bandeau collar ending with a drop pendant is of Victorian workmanship and was bought by the Queen’s parents as a wedding gift.  It is studded with rubies and diamonds with a large pear shaped diamond at the front. 

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original.
Length 44 cm  Drop7 cm

Item Number 70006

The Hope Diamond Necklace

The Hope Diamond Necklace

A little bit of history

Suspended from a diamond chain is the famous 44.5 carat Hope diamond. In 1669 Jean Baptiste Tavernier sold the fabulous blue diamond from the Indian mines to Louis XIV.

The gems inky blue colour was indicative of the Kollur mines in the Golconda of India. Louis XIV enjoyed wearing it in his cravat pin.

His successor Louis XV had it remounted in a magnificent gem set golden fleece decoration. It was stolen from the French Treasury in 1792 and the re-cut diamond turned up in London where the Hope family bought the gem.

The Hope family kept hold of the gem for a couple of centuries before it hit the open market. In 1912 it was purchased by a famous British jeweller and sold to Mclean.

The Hope diamond has a long history. It carries a fatal curse; misfortune and death supposedly stalked its owner – undaunted Mclean had the Hope diamond blessed by a monsignor and wore it in good health all her life.

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original
Length 48 cm Drop 4 cm

Item Number 70007

The Marie Antionette Necklace

The Marie Antionette Necklace

A little bit of history

The loudest scandal of the 18th century engulfed the jewel which did not belong to the crown of  France.  In 1785 the Comtessa de la Motte had the necklace delivered to her.  It was the most expensive jewel of the era.  She in turn was supposed to take it to Marie Antionette but she stole it instead.  Her accomplice was arrested and imprisoned, but she escaped prison and took refuge in London.  She removed 22 of the large diamonds from the necklace and sold them in London where they were mounted into a new necklace.  This necklace is now owned by a private collector.  Comtessa de la Motte supposedly died in 1791 but theory says that she lived for a long time under an assumed name in Odessa enjoying the secret protection of the Tsar.

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original.  It is finished in silver plating

Item No: 70009

3 Row Festoon Jubilee Necklace

Three row festoon jubilee necklace

A little bit of history

In 1947 the King wanted to make some jewellery from 239 collets that he had inherited.  In 1950 105 of them were set into the 3 row Festoon necklace which had a triangular motif on each side.  The Queen attended a Gala in 1962 wearing the necklace.

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original piece.  It is finished in silver plating.

Item Number 70010

King George VI Victorian Suite Necklace

King George VI Victorian Suite Necklace

A little bit of history

In 1947 King George gave Princess Elizabeth a long necklace of oblong sapphires surrounded by round diamond collets as a wedding gift. (there were also a pair of matchings earrings)

The suite was made around 1950. The colour of the stones matched exactly the glue of the Garter Ribband.

In 1952 the Queen had the necklace shortened by removing the largest stone as well as one of the smaller sapphires. In 1959 a pendant was made using the largest sapphire. The Queen wore the suite in 1954 at the Royal Command Performance at the Palladium.

In 1963 a tiara and a bracelet were made to match the suite.

Our replica is made as close as possible to the original piece. It is finished in silver plating.

Item Number 70011

The Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia Necklace

The Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia Necklace

A little bit of history

The Empress Marie Feodorovna, Queen Alexandra’s younger sister had one of the most valuable collections of jewellery.

Interspaced in this 4 row chocker of 164 pearls, are 20 diamond studded vertical bars, between every two pearls at the front and then between every three pearls at the back.

The necklace is made to convert into two bracelets. The octagonal clasp is a large sapphire surrounded by two rows of diamonds.

Following her death in exile in Denmark in 1928, after the Russian revolution, her jewels were sold in England by Hennell & Son. Queen Mary bought the necklace in 1931. The Queen inherited it in 1953.

Our replica is made an near as possible to the original piece. It is finished in silver plating.

Item Number 70012

Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee Necklace

Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee Necklace

A little bit of history

In 1887 The women of the British Empire each gave a penny and a pound to provide a celebratory memorial for the Queen’s 50 years on the throne.

Part of the money raised was used to commission a large statue of Prince Albert the Prince Consort which the Queen unveiled on Smith’s Lawn in Windsor on 12th May 1890 and the remainder was spent on this necklace which was presented to Queen Victoria on 24th June 1887.

The designs is of graduated diamond trefoils, each having a pearl in the centre. The centre is a quatrefoil of diamonds with a pearl centre. Surmounting the centrepiece is a pearl and diamond crown. Queen Victoria left the necklace to the crown in 1901.

There are at least 3 necklaces of this design in existence.

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original piece. It is finished in silver plating.

Item Number 70013

Stephanie De Beauharnais Neckace

Stephanie De Beauharnais Neckace

A little bit of history

The emerald and diamond necklace which has matching earrings formed part of the marriage parure of Stephanie de Beauharnais, a relative of the Empress Josephine, who was married in 1806 to the heir of the Grand Duke of Baden.
The stones were mounted in open back settings which were very delicate. The diamonds were set in silver and lined with gold.

The parure was broken up after the second world war and the necklace and earrings were acquired by Count Tagliavia, whose widow Countess Margharita Tagliavia presented them to the Victoria and Albert Museum in memory of her son.

Our replica is made as near as possible to the original. It is finished in silver plating

Item Number 70014

The Romanov pearl and diamond necklace

Romanov pearl and diamond necklace

Romanov pearl and diamond necklace

The Prince of Wales Three Feathers Pendant

 

 

Prince of Wales Three Feathers Pendant

Three Feathers pendant

The Prince of Wales Three Feathers Pendant was a wedding present.

It was frequently worn by Diana, Princess of Wales