Which aquamarine necklace will win the round?
Camilla’s Aquamarine Necklace vs. The Brazilian Aquamarine Necklace
The Duchess of Cornwall’s royal jewelry collection is packed with glittering demi-parures. One of the most elegant is this suite of diamond and pale blue aquamarine jewels. The suite includes a necklace with a large pendant, a bracelet, and a pair of earrings. The necklace features large aquamarines interspersed with decorative diamond elements, plus a large pear-shaped aquamarine pendant set in a cluster of diamonds. In 2009, Camilla brought the entire aquamarine suite to the Classical Brit Awards, wearing a dress that seemed designed just to showcase the necklace.
This midcentury necklace of diamonds and aquamarines was part of the Queen’s coronation gift from the people of Brazil in June 1953. The piece originally featured a much larger diamond and aquamarine pendant. It was later set as the central element of the suite’s tiara, and an original element from the tiara was repurposed as a new pendant. The necklace can be worn with or without the pendant piece, making it even more versatile. The Queen often wears the entire parure together, but she’ll sometimes wear the necklace by itself for gala events.