06 August 2014

Jewel History: Her Majesty Has Diamonds Reset (1911)

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"Her Majesty Has Diamonds Reset"
(originally appeared in The Washington Post, 6 Aug 1911)

Queen Mary has lately sent some of her wonderful collection of diamonds to be reset, and this serves to confirm what was said at the time of the coronation -- that these are Her Majesty's favorite gems. Though she possesses some very valuable rubies, emeralds, and pearls, she rarely wears them, and as a rule diamonds form her sole ornament.


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Queen Alexandra, on the other hand, greatly prefers to have her diamonds mixed with other stones, particularly emeralds and amethysts. Emeralds are the favorite stones of the Duchess of Connaught, while her daughter, Princess Patricia, confessed to a preference for turquoises.




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The latter, by the way, is a favorite gem with other members of the royal family, including the Princess Royal and the Duchess of Argyll, while pearls appeal to the Princess Victoria in particular.


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It has been computed, by the way, that Queen Mary must possess no fewer than 43 diamond coronets and tiaras, most of which she has appeared in during the last season.