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April 10, 2016 9:23 pm  #1


TBF-QM-62 Queen Mary’s Diamond and Pearl Honeycomb Collar

62. Queen Mary’s Diamond and Pearl Honeycomb Collar

   The origins of this collar, which consists of three rows of diamonds and two rows of pearls, set alternately, are unclear. Queen Mary first wore it following her marriage in 1893,[1] and subsequently wore it constantly throughout her life often with her other pearl and diamond jewellery.[2] Most notably it was worn in the official portraits to mark the Delhi Durbar in 1911.[3]

   Queen Mary’s sister-in-law, the Duchess of Teck (later the Marchioness of Cambridge) was photographed wearing a similar collar in 1905; it is unclear whether she was loaned this by Queen Mary, or owned her own similar piece.[4]

   Queen Mary can also be seen wearing this collar as two bracelets to the Devonshire House Ball in 1897.[5] Although this collar has not been worn since the death of Queen Mary in 1953, it is likely that it was bequeathed to The Queen.

1. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 146 (RCIN 2808111); Field, The Queen’s Jewels, p. 38
2. Young, The Queen’s Jewellery, pls. 68, 90 and 110; Menkes, The Royal Jewels, p. 79; Field, The Queen’s Jewels, pp. 109, 116, 128 and 183; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, pp. 90 (RCIN 2000427), 92, 176 and 180 (RCIN 2306168)
3. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 170 (RCIN 2917139)
4. Munn, Tiaras, pl. 120; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 125 (RCIN 2917132)
5. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 138 (RCIN 2926140)

 

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