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April 12, 2016 4:10 pm  #1


TBF-QM-39 Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara

39. Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara

   Queen Mary’s maternal grandmother, Augusta, The Duchess of Cambridge, had owned a tiara in the Lover’s Knot style, of which there were several examples across Europe.[1] Thus in 1913, Queen Mary commissioned Garrard to create this tiara in the same style, using pearls and diamonds from her own collection.[2]

   The decision was taken to dismantle ‘Queen Mary’s Ladies of England Necklace/Tiara’, using its diamonds and 12 pearl drops in making this tiara.[3] As this tiara originally consisted of 38 pearl drops,[4] it also incorporated the 13 pearls taken from the top of ‘Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara’, 6 pearls taken from ‘Queen Mary’s Pearl Stomacher’, the pearl pendants from ‘Queen Mary’s Town of Richmond Brooch’ and ‘Queen Mary’s Women of Hampshire Brooch’; as well as other pearls taken from other jewels that had been bequeathed to Queen Mary by her mother, the Duchess of Teck.[5]

   This tiara was made by E. Wolff & Co., for Garrard, and the original design can be seen illustrated in Munn’s authoritative work Tiaras.[6] It shows clearly that the tiara originally had a row of pendant pearls suspended from diamond lover’s knots, each surmounted by a pear-shaped pearl; furthermore it indicates that originally 26 of the 38 pearls were detachable.[7]

   Queen Mary can be seen wearing this tiara in its original form in an official photographic sitting in 1926,[8] and in Arthur Trevethin Nowell’s portrait of Queen Mary, painted in 1927.[9] However by 1932, all the pearl finials were made detachable, and were permanently removed.[10] The pearl pendants were thus restored to ‘Queen Mary’s Pearl Stomacher’, ‘Queen Mary’s Town of Richmond Brooch’ and ‘Queen Mary’s Women of Hampshire Brooch’.[11]

   Roberts describes the tiara in its current form as being “set with brilliant- and rose-cut diamonds, mainly in cut-down silver-backed settings, and 19 pendant baroque pearls”.[12] Queen Mary was subsequently photographed wearing this tiara in its altered form.[13]

   It was in this form that The Queen inherited it in 1953.[14] It was subsequently worn for the first time to a State Banquet hosted by the Emperor of Ethiopia,[15] and to various other occasions since.[16] In 1981, Diana, Princess of Wales began to wear this tiara.[17]

1. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 113 – 114; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 182
2. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 182
3. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 182; GA Garrard RL3, fol. 94, 23 January 1914; RA QM/PRIV/CC93, pl. 1, no. 6
4. Ibid.
5. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 182
6. Munn, Tiaras, pl. 113
7. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 182; Munn, Tiaras, pl. 113
8. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 114; Menkes, The Royal Jewels, p. 165; Munn, Tiaras, pl. 111; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 184 (RCIN 2912659)
9. Royal Collection: Arthur Trevethin Nowell: Queen Mary 1927 (RCIN 407416)
http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/407416/queen-mary-1867-1953
[Accessed 8 June 2012]
10. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 182; GA Garrard RL3, fol. 125, 13 July 1932
11. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, pp. 145, 151 and 182
12. Ibid., p. 182
13. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 71; Menkes, The Royal Jewels, p. 165;
Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 114
14. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 182; RA JEWEL/GARRARD/QM, fol. 129;
RA QM/PRIV/CC93, pl. 39
15. Menkes, The Royal Jewels, p. 146
16. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pl. 72; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 115; Menkes, The Royal Jewels, p.165; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 185
17. Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 115; Menkes, The Royal Jewels, p. 164 – 165; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 182 – 184
 

 

April 13, 2016 3:27 am  #2


Re: TBF-QM-39 Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara

39. Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara

   The Queen has made this tiara available to the Duchess of Cambridge who was seen wearing it to the Diplomatic Corps reception held at Buckingham Palace on December 8, 2015.[1]

1. Rebecca English. "Kate Middleton wears Diana's favourite tiara for the first time." Daily Mail, 8 Dec 2015

 

April 25, 2016 12:24 am  #3


Re: TBF-QM-39 Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara

The Duchess of Cambridge wearing the Lover's Knot Tiara at the Diplomatic Corps Reception

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