I love this tiara. I was hoping the Duchess of Cambridge might have chosen this tiara to wear on her wedding day.
I thought that the tiara Kate M. chose was highly suitable. For one thing, it was not heavily associated with anyone else. And it was quite understated, which is her style.This one is nice, and though not impressive as the Poltimore. Margaret also had a really beautiful turquoise one which I think Q. Mary gave to the Queen Mum on her wedding day, and which, typically, she didn't wear. So the Queen Mum had tiaras. There was an aquamarine one that her husband bought her (Anne has it now), and also those bracelets she's wearing in the above photograph could be worn on a frame as a bandeau. But she seemed to wear everything once or twice and then it disappeared. (Though the Strathmore hung around until she grew older, and then perhaps she deemed it too jeune fille.) There are several possible reasons for this. Queen Mary was fairly tall, and the Queen Mum was not; she also had short hair. This meant that tiaras rather overpowered her, and she had insufficient hair to make the most of them. It took some time, and then she found two she liked -- the Greville, and the Oriental Circlet. The Greville has been described as 'looking like a diamond-studded wicker waste-paper basket' and it kind of does. But apparently it's quite light-weight, and the bling impression is good. The Circlet, the one of Prince Albert's designs that made it into the Crown Jewels, is also fairly lightweight, and was made for Q. Victoria, also a very small woman with not a lot of hair. So good match. This one was obviously another failed experiment. I agree that it looks good both bandeau and on the top of the head. But again, away with it! She tended to stick to a very few jewels, and this simply didn't please her long term. It is nice, though, and looks good on both Margaret and her DIL.
I think the brooch is part of the turquoise suite (along with earrings as drops for her pearl necklaces) which was a wedding present to The Queen Mother from George V but I might be wrong. If memory serves me correct Queen Mary bequeathed the pearl brooch to The Queen in 1953, so it didn't go to The Queen Mother. However, it seems plausible that Mary lent it to The Queen Mother but it doesn't look like the same brooch to me.
I agree. If you look up a picture of Princess Margaret in her turquoise parure, this appears to be the brooch from that set.
To me, the center stone on the turquoise brooch looks smaller. And would she have worn a diamond and turquoise brooch with a pearl and diamond tiara and pearl necklaces?
@Ella, at first I thought the same thing about the size of the stones. But take a look at different pictures of Princess Margaret wearing them at Order of Splendor's blog: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/2013/08/tiara-thursday-persian-turquoise-tiara.html In each picture the brooch looks a bit different but clearly is the same brooch. Which led me to believe that it is the turquoise suite brooch. And the earrings are a match for the drops from the pearl necklaces.There are too many stones (be they pearl, turquoise or otherwise) to be the Queen Victoria's Jubilee brooch. It's kind of confusing because all the jewelry is in the same 19th-century scroll-y style and of course the photo is in black and white... As for not having all her jewelry match, The Queen Mother is wearing her ruby, emerald, sapphire and diamond bracelets in this picture, so go figure. Your guess is as good as mine.And, on a completely separate note, I really miss Mad Hattery and all the quips and pithy-ness.
You may be right -- thanks for this! (Although I have Alexandra's wedding brooch and QV's Jubilee brooch down in my notes as two different pieces, but that's neither here nor there.) My kingdom for color photos of jewel-bedecked royals from this era! And thanks for the MH shout-out! :-)
This photo of the Queen Mum is found on page 141 of Field (knew I'd seen it somewhere), and in the caption, the brooch is described as a Victorian turquoise and diamond brooch, and she is wearing the matching earrings as pendant drops on the pearl necklaces. The photo is much clearer, and the central stone in the brooch has no sheen, and does look like it might be turquoise. That said, Field is not always accurate.And yes, it's a gaudy combination. The Queen Mum had very unsure taste as a young woman (vide her wedding dress, with that awful mob cap veil and no tiara!)
It looks a lot like the Jubilee brooch sans swag and drop, but I believe you are right.Pity Albert's sapphire & emerald tiaras didn't stick around in the family because they were just the right scale for the Queen Mum. She must have been a bit miffed that the Girls tiara was not given to the Crown by Q. Mary, as that would have become her, too.
Seems she experimented more when she was younger jewel wise. By the time I came around her daughter was queen and all she wore was the Greville Boucheron, the Oriental Circlet and not much else. Of course by the time I started noticing tiaras and other bling she was getting on in yrs and settled into her favorites. I like this tiara on Princess Margaret and Lady Linley. It looked good on them. On the QM? Not so much. But I think it's because she wore it across the forehead which was the rage in the 1920's, and I really think that look is not good. I REALLY find myself wondering what the hell is in the Windsor vaults, because as much as Queen Mary gave away, I am sure she kept plenty reserved for the main line royals.
She had four children to provide for, though, including one daughter. Nearly all the Princess Royal's jewels went at auction in the 60's. There is a description of some of her jewels in Menkes.Queen Alexandra had three daughters, and a lot of things went out that way, including her pearl tiara (though the necklace of the parure is still in the Royal Collection), her amethyst tiara, Queen Victoria's emerald parure, and (apparently) her magnicent collier resille necklace, which hasn't seen the light of day since she died.
Yes she had 4 children to provide for, and yes nearly all of Princess Mary's stuff went to auction after she passed away. Good thing they did keep the sapphire tiara that Prince Albert designed, lucky save that. And I know Queen Alexandra's jewels were parceled out to her daughters. Her sons split what she had left after she passed. One reason that Edward VIII hacked some off was that Wallis Simpson wore some of those jewels. I do think that Mary kept a portion back for the main line though. And she also gave QEII a good portion of her personal stash, so I think there may be a good bit hanging out in the royal vaults that haven't been seen in forever including that collier resille necklace? Just saying. We also haven't seen Alexandra's Rundell tiara in a good century either.
Queen Alexandra died intestate, I seem to recall. But she may have gifted a lot of things before she died, knowing Q. Mary's acquisitiveness.
This is a lovely piece of jewelry!
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