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
The City of London Fringe 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.
Camilla’s Pear-Shaped Diamond Necklace
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.
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