Two fringes—one classic, one modern—are matched up in today’s contest!
The City of London Fringe Necklace vs. Camilla’s Pear-Shaped Diamond Necklace
This diamond, silver, and gold necklace was given to Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) as a wedding present in November 1947 by a number of important financial figures from the City of London. Made in the nineteenth century, the necklace is a rare example of a fringe that is not convertible to a tiara, as it is threaded on silk. The Queen often pairs the necklace with other pieces of gala jewelry set with diamonds, including Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara and Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik.
One of Camilla’s most-worn sets of gala jewelry is this demi-parure made of various sizes of pear-shaped diamonds. The suite, which includes a necklace and a large pair of earrings, is easy to coordinate with other pieces from her jewelry box. The necklace is a modern take on the classic fringe design, substituting various sizes of pear-cut diamonds for the traditional diamond-set fringes and spikes. Above, she wears the necklace (with the coordinating earrings) at the Olivier Awards in 2019.