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April 10, 2016 6:27 pm  #1

TBF-QM-70 Queen Mary’s Five-Row Pearl Necklace

70. Queen Mary’s Five-Row Pearl Necklace

   This large necklace, which was described by contemporary journals as “a valuable necklace of superbly-matched pearls in five rows”, was presented to Queen Mary as a wedding gift from her husband in 1893.[1] This necklace was displayed amongst some of Queen Mary’s other wedding presents at White Lodge, and is illustrated as such in The Graphic.[2]

   Queen Mary was photographed occasionally wearing this large necklace, usually with ‘Queen Mary’s Pearl Collar’.[3]  She also wore this necklace to the Devonshire House Ball in 1897, with ‘Queen Mary’s Town of Richmond Brooch’ attached as a pendant.[4]

   It's current whereabouts are unknown.

1. Bow Bells, 7 July 1893, p. 7
2. The Graphic, 10 July 1893, p. 28
3. Menkes, The Royal Jewels, p. 65; Pope-Hennessy, Queen Mary, pl. 21; Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 194
4. Roberts, The Queen’s Diamonds, p. 138 (RCIN 2926140)


April 13, 2016 5:54 am  #2

Re: TBF-QM-70 Queen Mary’s Five-Row Pearl Necklace

70. Queen Mary's Five-Row Pearl Necklace

   This five-row pearl necklace consisted of 520 pearls in total.[1]

   While the current whereabouts of this necklace is unknown, it is worth noting that Princess Margaret owned a magnificent natural five-row graduated pearl necklace, which was the gift of her grandmother, Queen Mary, to the Princess on her 18th birthday.[2]

   The necklace had a "...veri-cut [diamond] bombe plaque clasp, mounted in platinum, circa 1925..."[3] Queen Mary was noted for refashioning her jewels and so Princess Margaret's necklace may have been her grandmother's wedding gift.

   These pearls appeared in many of Princess Margaret's most iconic portraits "...from 1948 onwards, including her sittings for Baron and Cecil Beaton for her 19th, 20th and 21st birthdays."[4]

   This necklace was sold at Christie's on 13 June 2006 for £276,800. [5]

1. "The Royal Wedding: List of Princess May's Presents". The Aberdeen Journal, 27 Jun 1893, p. 10
2. Christie's. Property from the Collection of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden. Volume I: Jewellery and Faberge, p. 150
2. Ibid.
4. Ibid.
5. Christie's: Sale 7335, Lot 118 An Art-Deco Pearl and Diamond Necklace [Accessed 12 April 2016]


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