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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2011, 03:57:56 PM »
i split off the last few posts from jewelry we hate that dealt with jewelry that isn't hated and created this thread. Let the discussion begin!  :)
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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2011, 04:00:18 PM »
I would love to see some of the old pieces bought back from the lesser branches of the extended family--especially some of the Gloucester pieces which you know will one day head to the auction block when the current  Duke & Duchess pass on. It seems so many of the pieces in tHE Queen's possession are so heavy. Still, you never know what's lying around waiting to be redone.
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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2011, 10:01:01 PM »
I would love to see The Duchess of Cambridge wear the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara.  I think it would be the perfect piece for her. 

She can work her way up to my favorite The Grand Duchess Vladimir.  I prefer it without the pearl drops, the Cambridge emerald drops would be stunning.  That also circles around nicely to Kate. 
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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2011, 07:00:17 AM »
Yes in title that would be a perfect fit., but is that tiara still in the RF ? Because I think the reason why Queen Mary created the lover's knot tiara was to get her own version of the piece that she apparently liked. Also Kate would be lucky if she got a piece from the Cambridge emeralds (Princess Diana once got the choker).

In her current hairstyle, a small tiara like the one she wore for her wedding would suit her fine. Princess Margaret & Princess Anne both wore that with great success when they were young princesses.

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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2011, 07:20:04 AM »
Yes in title that would be a perfect fit., but is that tiara still in the RF ? Because I think the reason why Queen Mary created the lover's knot tiara was to get her own version of the piece that she apparently liked. Also Kate would be lucky if she got a piece from the Cambridge emeralds (Princess Diana once got the choker). In her current hairstyle, a small tiara like the one she wore for her wedding would suit her fine. Princess Margaret & Princess Anne both wore that with great success when they were young princesses.

Yes, the Grand Duchess Vladimir tiara is still with the Queen - who wears it regularly in all 3 forms (empty, with pearls and with emeralds).
 
Made for Grand Duchess Vladimir, aunt of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the tiara was smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution by a British diplomat. In 1921 it was sold by the Grand Duchess’s daughter, Princess Nicholas of Greece, to Queen Mary, who adapted the tiara to take fifteen of the celebrated Cambridge emeralds as an alternative to the original pearls. The tiara was inherited by The Queen from her grandmother Queen Mary in 1953.

The Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara was designed and executed in 1913 by E. Wolff & Co. for the royal jewelers Garrards, who were commissioned by Queen Mary to create a tiara based on the design of one owned by her  maternal grandmother Princess Augusta of Hesse, the Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince Adolphus, the Duke of Cambridge, who was the seventh son of King George III.  It gets its name from the original Lovers Knot Tiara  owned by Princess Augusta of Hesse, the Duchess of Cambridge, which was given to her by her family at the time of her marriage to Prince Adolphus in 1818.  The original Lovers Knot Tiara was subsequently given as a gift by Princess Augusta to her eldest daughter Augusta Caroline at the time of her marriage to Grand Duke Friedrich Wilhelm of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2011, 08:16:04 AM »
Yes. I am thinking about if the original Duchess of Cambridge tiara once owned by Princess Augusta of Hesse if that is still with the RF. The lover's knot tiara was worn a lot by Diana, Princess of Wales and became more closely associated with her (just like the cabochon emerald choker ( owned by Princess Mary of Cambridge, Duchess of Teck). 

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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2011, 12:26:18 PM »
Yes. I am thinking about if the original Duchess of Cambridge tiara once owned by Princess Augusta of Hesse if that is still with the RF. The lover's knot tiara was worn a lot by Diana, Princess of Wales and became more closely associated with her (just like the cabochon emerald choker ( owned by Princess Mary of Cambridge, Duchess of Teck). 
The original Cambridge lovers knot tiara passed out of British hands after the death of Augusta of Mecklenburg -Strelitz in 1916 (in the sense she was a british princess)it seems to have neen inherited by her younger grandaughter Jutta wife of Danilo of Montenegro who died in Rome post WW2 (1946?).It was sold at Christies (Geneva) in the early 1980s.
The cabochon emerald collar worn by Diana technically was not that of Mary Adelaide of Teck...it was a reworking in Art Deco style between the wars of Mary Adelaides collar at the order of her daughter Queen Mary...so her stones yes but not her collar.

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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2011, 03:23:34 PM »
I agree. The art deco motif of the emerald cabochon was not the usual Queen Mary style in jewelry. Yet she wore it with her other only diamond necklaces.

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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2011, 02:56:40 AM »
I don't think that the Queen cares much about which pieces from the RC Diana did or did not wear during her lifetime. If her "grand daughter in law" likes them she will get them I am sure.

But right now it doesn't seem the new Duchess is much into grand jewels - and lets be honest: her hair seems far to thin to wear a piece as huge as the Lover's knot tiara. She will definitely prefer a smaller piece like she did on her wedding day.
I will never forget when I saw a particular photograph and thought: how nice the Dehli Durbar tiara is out again. Oh and the Duchess of Cornwall down there too...

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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #24 on: October 22, 2011, 05:32:32 AM »
I agree with you 100% on the Durbar tiara.

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Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love
« Reply #25 on: October 24, 2011, 11:21:37 AM »
I don't think that the Queen cares much about which pieces from the RC Diana did or did not wear during her lifetime. If her "grand daughter in law" likes them she will get them I am sure.

But right now it doesn't seem the new Duchess is much into grand jewels - and lets be honest: her hair seems far to thin to wear a piece as huge as the Lover's knot tiara. She will definitely prefer a smaller piece like she did on her wedding day.
I will never forget when I saw a particular photograph and thought: how nice the Dehli Durbar tiara is out again. Oh and the Duchess of Cornwall down there too...

Never seen worse a choice

Let's face it, it is unlikely that Kate will take the same approach to wearing jewellery as the Queen does.  And the Queen's take on many of the pieces that she inherited from Queen Mary is very different to her grandmother's. Tastes change, fashions change.

Kate's hair can be worked to take the Lovers' Knot tiara.  It is long, it can be set on rollers and it can be added to to create the base to take this jewel; after all it is not a really massive piece and it always worked on Diana's shorter, but admittedly thicker, hair.

In total agreement about the Delhi Durbar tiara and I must add the I thought that it was a pretty poor show that the Duchess had to wear it at first with the central element missing from the top line of the tiara.  Just a great big gap in the setting.

It had a feeling of "Give her this old thing - nobody likes it, it's massive, it's ugly and it's got a bit missing"!
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