It’s time for the first emerald entries in our necklace contest!
The Delhi Durbar Necklace vs. The Greville Emerald Drop Necklace
This classic royal necklace was made by Garrard in 1911, combining the Cambridge Emeralds with one of the Cullinan Diamonds. The piece is designed as a modern necklace with alternating diamonds and emeralds, as well as a pair of negligee pendants. The necklace and the rest of the coordinating parure were worn by Queen Mary at the Delhi Durbar that December. Queen Elizabeth II inherited the necklace from her grandmother in 1953, and she loves to pair it with the emerald setting of the Vladimir Tiara.
This astonishing necklace, which features faceted emeralds in diamond cluster settings and cabochon emerald drops, wasn’t worn in public by a member of the royal family until 2019, but its design suggests that it’s much older than that. The provenance of the piece has not been confirmed, but many believe that it may be a second major emerald necklace from the Greville bequest of 1942. The Queen debuted the necklace at the annual Diplomatic Reception in December 2019, pairing it with the Greville Emerald Earrings and the emerald setting of the Vladimir Tiara.