Our final contest of the week is an emerald extravaganza!
The Delhi Durbar Necklace vs. Kate’s Modern Emerald 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.
In December 2014, the Duchess of Cambridge debuted a dazzling suite of modern jewels set with emeralds and diamonds. The set, which does not yet have a known provenance, includes several pieces: a statement necklace, a pair of earrings, and a coordinating bracelet. The jewels are set with white diamonds, yellow diamonds, and square-cut emeralds, which are set within a floral border of diamonds. Kate wore the necklace in public for the first time at the BAFTAs in February 2018, along with a shorter setting of the coordinating earrings.