The Cambridge and Dehli Durbar Necklace

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.

Item No: 700-002

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