Which pearls will win this round?
Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace vs. Camilla’s Pink Topaz & Pearl Choker
In 1863, the Prince of Wales ordered this diamond and pearl necklace from Garrard, plus its coordinating parure, as a wedding present for his bride, Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Alexandra wore the necklace, with its button-style pearl and diamond clusters and pear-shaped pearl pendants, on their wedding day. In 1925, Queen Mary inherited the necklace, and she later passed it on to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Now owned by the Queen, the necklace was most recently worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.
The central pink topaz and diamond cluster, which dates to 1830s, was sold at auction in 2000. Six years later, the Duchess of Cornwall wearing the brooch as the clasp on a pearl necklace. By 2008, she had begun wearing it in the form we find most familiar today: as the clasp on a five-stranded pearl choker necklace. The grandeur of the topaz cluster, combined with the pearls, makes the necklace particularly well-suited for elegant daytime occasions. Camilla also occasionally wears the jewel for evening gala events.