Queen’s necklaces

Princess Diana Emerald Choker.

Diana ChokerA 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

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 NecklaceA 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.

 

Item Number 70003

The Dagmar Necklace

The Dagmar NecklaceA 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 Aledandra's necklaceA 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

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

 

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

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 70008

 

3 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

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

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

 

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

 

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 Vladimir pearl and diamond necklace

A Little bit of history

The necklace  belonged to the Grand Duchess Vladimir, wife of Grand Duke Vladimir, a younger brother of Alexander III.

The Grand Duchess was known as Aunt Meichen in the Romanof family.  Aparently Meichen and Empress Alexandra did not see eye to eye.

The Grand Duchess ran a very challenging and competitive court in her Stately Palace which was on the Palace embankment in St. Petersburg.  She was known for her extravagant events, and was gifted with delightful charm.

 

 

 Item Number 70015

 

The Princess Diana Three Feathers Pendant

A little bit of history

The Prince of Wales’s Feather pendant was a Present to Diana.  It bears The Prince of Wales heraldic badge of three ostrich feathers coming out of a coronet.

Originally the pendant was a wedding gift in 1863 from the Ladies of Bristol to Princess Alexandra of Denmark when she married Bertie, the then-Prince of Wales who became Edward VII, it was passed down to her daughter-in-law, Queen Mary, and then to Mary’s daughter-in-law, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who gave it to the new Princess of Wales in 1981. Diana preferred to suspend the pendant on a short tennis necklace, part of a suite of diamonds she received as a wedding present from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

When Diana died, the piece became part of the Queen’s collection once again, free to be borrowed by other royal ladies with Her Majesty’s permission. Somewhat surprisingly, the first and only wearer of the pendant has been Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

 

Item No: 70016

 

The King Khalid Diamond Necklace

A little bit of history

The necklace was a gift from King Khalid in 1979.   In February 1982, the Queen wore the Khalid necklace to the premiere of the film Absence of Malice.  The necklace is made of diamonds set in platinum, the fringe necklace features 20 pear-shaped diamond pendants radiating out from the central band of diamonds. On more than one occasion, the Queen has paired the necklace with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara and her modern diamond chandelier earrings.

 

 

 

 

Iten No 70017

 

 

 

Queen Elizabeth II Aquamarine necklace

A little bit of history

Queen Elizabeth II Aquamarine and Diamond Parure Necklace

At her coronation in 1953 Queen Elizabeth II was given a diamond necklace with very large aquamarines and matching earrings by the president and the people of Brazil. Later they gave the Queen also a matching bracelet. Queen Elizabeth ordered the royal jeweller Garrard to complete the parure with a tiara. This wonderful creation has an aquamarine as a focal point which exceeds in size and beauty all other stones of this set.  Length 17 inches  Drop 3 inches

 

 

 

Item No: 70020

 

 

 

The Crown ruby necklace

A little bit of History

This beautiful Crown and ruby necklace is one of the treasured British heirlooms of the crown. It was designed by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. It was originally set with opals, but Queen Alexandra chose to have those stones replaced with stunning, blood-red rubies at the turn of the twentieth century. Today, it’s worn by Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Length 17 inches   Drop 2.5 inches

 

 

 

 

Item No: 70021

 

 

 

 

The Barring ruby necklace

A little bit of history

The Queen Mother wore the crown rubies during her lifetime, so Queen Elizabeth II bought a ruby necklace of her own The Barring Ruby necklace in 1964. The necklace has three distinct pendants, two of which many have originally been made as earring drops.

Length 17 inches

Drop 2.5 inches

 

 

 

 

Item No: 70022

 

 

 

 

 

The ruby and diamond Swag Demi -Parure necklace

A little bit of history

Another of the modern sets of jewelry owned by the Queen is this demi-parure of a necklace and earrings in rubies and diamonds. The necklace is a diamond swag design set in gold and centered around 2 large rubies.

According to Leslie Field in The Queen’s Jewels, this set was a gift from Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, who was the Emir of Qatar from 1972-1995. He presented the set during a state visit to Britain in November 1985. They’ve been in rotation among the Queen’s ruby jewels ever since, even making a couple of appearances at the State Opening of Parliament.

 

 

 

Item number 70023

 

 

 

 

The Queen’s Fringe necklace

A little bit of history

 

This is a very impressive diamond fringe necklace which was given to Princess Elizabeth by the City of London as a wedding gift in 1947.

It’s a classic fringe design, which evolved from jeweled interpretations of the Russian kokoshniks and are frequently seen in both tiara and necklace form  This particular 19th century jewel is all diamonds, set in gold and silver, and threaded on silk. The fringe extends all the way around the neck. Unlike many fringes, it does not include a setting to form a tiara.

The Fringe necklace has a front drop of 2”which graduates to around the neck to 1”

Around the neck it has 16 inches plus an extension chain

 

Item No 70024

 

 

 

The Teresa Marie Turquoise necklace

A Little bit of history

The history of this turquoise parure is vague, even to the  members of the Grand Ducal family.

The Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a previously unseen turquoise and diamond necklace in 2007 for an outgoing state visit to Belgium. A year later, she was seen wearing the turquoise and diamond parure.  No one knew if this a previously unseen heirloom tiara or where it came  from the Belgian or the Luxembourgish side of the family? Or was it a new acquisition, maybe on the occasion of the Grand Ducal Couple’s wedding anniversary in 2006? A while later, in 2010 to be exact, Princess Tessy wore the turquoise and diamond tiara for national day showing us that it wasn’t just a one time thing.

According to Point de Vue, the story behind turquoise jewellery goes as following: In 2006, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa handed over a turquoise and diamond tiara and a necklace in the same design as well as another turquoise and diamond necklace to Muriel Prieur, curator of the Grand Ducal collections, as the Grand Duchess wished for them to be brought in a wearable state once again and also for earrings to be made to accompany the pieces.

It is unknown where the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa found the turquoise jewels.

Muriel Prieur has determined that the turquoise tiara and necklace date back to the 1830’s Certain elements resemble the Empire Tiara which has been in the family since 1829. While there are no indications of the turquoises being worn by other Grand Duchesses prior to the current one, Grand Duchess Charlotte apparently already owned the pieces, so they do not seem to be a new acquisitions but rather Nassau family heirlooms.

Item No: 70025

 

The Swedish Pink-topaz demi-parure

 

A little bit of history

The Swedish Family possesses the Russian pink-topaz demi parure.

The Pink topaz demi-parure (necklace with three pendants, a large corsage brooch and a smaller brooch), 1804. The set was a present from Tzar Paul I of Russia to his daughter Maria on her marriage to Grand Duke Friedrich of Saxe-Weimar Eisenach. She gave the set to her daughter Augusta (German Empress), who gave it to her daughter Louise, mother of Queen Victoria of Sweden. It was a favorite of Queen Louise (née Mountbatten), who converted the two side pendants of the corsage brooch into earrings.

 

 

 

 

Item No 7006

 

The Teck circular necklace

A little bit of history

Queen Mary inherited the jewel from her mother the Duchess of Teck.  Princess Mary was the daughter of Adolphus, son of King George III making her a princess of the United Kingdom by birth.  The necklace can be worn as a tiara.  It was created in 1860

The Queen Mother gave the necklace but to the tiara that went with it to Princess Margaret.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item No:  70027

A little bit of history

The necklace was a wedding gift to the then-Princess Elizabeth from the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1947. Asaf Jah VII was the ruler (or Nizam) of Hyderabad, which is located in the subcontinent of India, which was then still a British Colony.

Being one of the richest men in the world he gave her a truly spectacular wedding gift by giving the Queen Jewellers instructions to let the princess pick anything from their existing stock as a present.

In February 2014, Kate wore the necklace for the first time in public. She appeared wearing the piece  at a gala held at the National Portrait Gallery.

 

 

Item No: 70028

Queen Victoria’s diamond necklace

A little bit of history

Queen Victoria’s diamond necklace

Queen Victoria commissioned this set from Garrard in 1858 using stones that were removed from two unused badges of the Order of the Garter and one sword hilt.

Queen Victoria was very petite and so very conscious of the jewellery that she chose to wear. She grew fond of a necklace of large diamond collets that had belonged to Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III whose jewels were left in dispute after her death between her Hanover relatives and the British royal family. The dispute resulted in the King of Hanover’s favor, Queen Victoria commissioned a replacement. Victoria left the set to the Crown in her will.

The necklace also known as the coronation necklace has been worn by every female monarch for their coronation.

Drop 2 inches  Length: 17 inches

Item No:  70029