When the Queen and Angela Kelly sit down to plan her jewels for a state banquet, they’re spoiled for choice when it comes to diamond necklaces. But although the Queen has numerous necklaces suitable for a grand state dinner, in recent years she’s often reached for one in particular: her modern diamond fringe necklace.
To my knowledge, nothing has ever been released about the provenance of this necklace, but the Queen began wearing it about a decade ago. She debuted it in public about a year after her Golden Jubilee, which has always made me wonder if it was a present connected to that important anniversary. Above, she wears the necklace at a state dinner at Buckingham Palace for President and Mrs. Bush of the USA in 2003. She recycled both the necklace and the dress two years later for a visit from the Italian president, as you can see in the photo below.
The design of the necklace is relatively simple: diamond fringes are suspended at regular intervals from a necklace made of clusters of diamonds. Unlike traditional fringe necklaces, this one does not have shorter, smaller fringes placed between the longer fringe pieces; instead, there are spaces between the individual fringes.
The necklace was also one of the jewels that the Queen chose for one of the most important state banquets of her reign: the 2011 dinner in Ireland.
The piece has clearly become a favorite of the Queen, but I’ll admit that it’s not one of my favorites among her collection. What do you think of this modern piece?