Which necklace will make it to the championship? Voting begins right after more results from last week!
Two gorgeous necklaces set with pearls were matched up in this contest! Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace triumphed with 67.05% of the vote, while 32.95% of voters preferred Camilla’s Pink Topaz & Pearl Choker.
This contest was a royal runaway! The George VI Sapphire Necklace crushed the competition, winning with 81.11% of the vote, while the Wessex Aquamarine Necklace brought in 18.89%.
Which means that our final match-up is…
Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace vs. The George VI Sapphire Necklace
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.
One of the Queen’s most treasured wedding gifts is an antique suite of diamond and sapphire jewels given to her by her father, King George VI. The nineteenth-century demi-parure originally included a necklace and a pair of earrings. The Queen has tinkered with the jewels a bit over the years, shortening the necklace and adding a pendant. Today, the Queen often pairs the necklace and its coordinating jewels with another sapphire piece: the Belgian Sapphire Tiara. She still wears the set often for events like state banquets.