Queen Victoria’s Sapphire and Diamond Coronet | Royal Jewel History

Queen Victoria's Sapphire and Diamond Coronet

Queen Victoria’s Sapphire and Diamond Coronet

Export bar to save Queen Victoria’s Coronet

Culture Minister steps in to prevent Queen Victoria’s coronet from export

Culture Minister Matt Hancock has placed a temporary export bar on Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet to keep it in the country.

Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet designed by Prince Albert is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £5 million (plus £1m VAT).

The coronet is considered one of the most important jewels of Queen Victoria’s reign. It was designed by Prince Albert for her in their wedding year 1840. As a young queen, she loved coloured gemstones, an interest which notably faded following Prince Albert’s death in 1861.

The coronet matched the sapphire and diamond brooch that Albert gave to her the day before their wedding. She even noted in her journal “My dear Albert has such good taste and arranges everything for me about my jewellery.” Most of the stones came from jewellery given to Victoria by King William IV and Queen Adelaide. The goldsmith behind the coronet was Joseph Kitching, who made it for £415.

Following Albert’s death in 1861, Queen Victoria refused to attend the State Opening of Parliament until 1866 when she wore the coronet, likely as a reminder of her husband, instead of her coronation crown, which she noted had hurt her a great deal during her coronation.

The coronet and the brooch also feature in one of the most famous official portraits of the young Queen Victoria. In 1842, Franz Xaver Winterhalter painted his first portrait of the Queen, in which she wears the coronet wrapped around her hair. This painting became one of the defining images of the Queen not only in Europe and the Empire, but throughout the world

Culture Minister Matt Hancock said:

Queen Victoria’s coronet is stunning. It is one of the most iconic jewels from a pivotal period in our history and symbolises one of our nation’s most famous love stories. I hope that we are able to keep the coronet in the UK and on display for the public to enjoy for years to come.

The coronet was given by King George V and Queen Mary to Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood on her marriage to Viscount Lascelles in 1922.
As personal property of the Lascelles family it  passed on to her son and heir, the 7th Earl of Harewood (George Lascelles) and eventually the 8th Earl. It was sold 2011-2012 to an dealer, mostly likely to raise money to pay for inheritance tax , who sold it to the export licence applicant. The Coronet in video

The decision to defer the export licence follows a recommendation by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), administered by The Arts Council.

The RCEWA made its recommendation on the grounds of the coronet’s close connection with our history and national life and its outstanding significance for the study of the young Queen Victoria.

RCEWA member Philippa Glanville said:

Key to the self-image of the young Victoria, this exquisite coronet was designed by her husband Prince Albert. Worn in her popular state portrait by Winterhalter of 1842, the year it was made, its combination of personal meaning and formality explains why she chose to wear it in 1866, emerging from mourning for the State Opening of Parliament. It evokes vividly the shared romantic taste of the time, and its form has become familiar through many reproductions. Its departure would be a great loss, given its beauty, its associations and its history.

The decision on the export licence application for the coronet will be deferred until 27 December 2016. This may be extended until 27 June 2017 if a serious intention to raise funds to purchase it is made at the recommended price of £5 million (plus £1m VAT).

Organisations or individuals interested in purchasing the coronet should contact the RCEWA on 0845 300 6200.

 

This jewel tells a very special story

– history of the Sapphire and Diamond Coronet in details from the Royal Magazin:

Queen Victoria’s Sapphire and Diamond  Coronet

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Argyll Princess Louise’s Bequests |Jewellery | Duchess of Kent

Princess Louise’s bequests to favorite Royal pairs

The DUCHESS often wears diamond stars in her hair as on this occasion. Her new jewels include diamond daisies which she will probably wear the same way.

The Duchess of Kent inherits the major part of the late Princess Louise’s glorious jewels, which were the envy of every woman in England during the ’seventies.

The Duke of Kent is known to be chief beneficiary under the will. The extent of the Kents‘ legacy is unknown, for Royal wills are secret, and not filed at Somerset House.

The Duke of Kent, one of the greatest favorites within the Royal Family, is doted on by his elder relatives. He was the favorite nephew of the late Princess Victoria, who bequeathed to him the lovely home, Coppins.

Now he inherits much of the fortune of his great-aunt, the late Princess Louise, whom he frequently visited, sitting for hours at her bedside in Kensington Palace.

The Duchess was also a favorite for her own charm, because she was the wife of the Princess‘ favorite, and partly because her family went through vicissitudes of which Prin- cess Louise had seen so much.

Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll

Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll

Princess Louise lived so frugally at Kensington Palace during her last years that she must have used only a fraction of the £6000 she received annually through the Civil list pension.

Wealthy Princess
She inherited the bulk of lier has band’s £619,000 and also inherited largely from her mother, Queen Victoria. She was therefore one of thc wealthiest of the Royal Family.

The Duchess‘ jewel legacy is a magnificent one. When princess Louise married the ninth Duke of Argyle (sic) in 1871 at the end of the Franco-Prussian war, there followed one of the most brilliant periods.

She was the centre of a great social season, and her jewels were the cynosure of all eyes. These have not been worn for years and are mostly in the antique settings which are again becoming first favorites in modern taste.

The Princess‘ jewel box contains a particularly fine collection of diamonds, pearls and opals. One beautiful necklace is of five large opals set around with brilliants, connected by a diamond chain.

The Duchess of Kent wearing the type of pearl necklace and earrings she is rarely seen without. She now inherits some superb jewels from the late Princess Louise.

A large drop-brooch has two fine opals set in brilliants, and a pair of opal and diamond earrings matches this.

Particularly lovely are the diamond daisies mounted as hairpins which are understood to be included in the Duchess‘ Inheritance. She will probably wear these In her hair as diamond clips, for she is fond of wearing stars in her hair.

Other very valuable pieces in the collection include a tiara formed of a band of emeralds and diamonds, surmounted by a scrollwork in emeralds and diamonds, a gift from the former Duchess of Argyle.

There ls also a pendant of line sapphires, mounted with brilliants and pearls and finished with a pearl drop. The centre of this pendant unhooks to form a bracelet.

From one necklace of pearls and diamonds is suspended an oval locket, the centre of which is a large Oriental pearl surrounded by closely-set, large diamonds of great brilliancy.

This was a gift from the Clan Campbell and the Jewelled locket is suspended by an emerald sprig of bog myrtle, the Campbell badge.

Other lovely pieces include a two string pearl necklace valued at about £1000, a chased necklace with link« of diamonds joined with pearls, and a beautiful bracelet in the shape of a coronet, centre of which is a large diamond surrounded by eight smaller diamonds. This is set in silver instead of gold, and would thus be mast fashionable to-day.

Princess Louise also had some beautiful silver and gold services, including a richly chased silver-gilt dessert set, a chased silver-gilt tea and coffee service, and a complete silver-gilt toilet set.

Diamonds for her birthday
The Duke of Kent’s gift to the Duchess on her 33rd birthday was a flat bracelet of flexible platinum links studded with large diamonds.
From the Australian Women’s Weekly 6 Jan 1940, p2

 

Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll | Wedding | Hochzeit

Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll | Weddinggifts | Hochzeitsgeschenke

Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll | Marriage presents | Schmuck zur Hochzeit

Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll | Tiara | Diadem

Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll | Jewels with Pearls| Schmuck mit Perlen

Tiara Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll Tiara| Herzogin von Argyll | Diamantdiadem

Marriage Souvenir Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll Gifts| Herzogin von Argyll | Hochzeits Medaillons

Diamond Bracelet Marriage presented f. Town of Windsor |Duchess of Argyll | Jewels Duchess of Kent

KENT JEWELS

Hochzeit und Trauung| Royal Wedding, the royal bride
Hochzeitsgeschenke | Royal Wedding and the Gifts
Marina Herzogin von Kent| The Engagement Ring and Weddingrings
Grossen Perlentropfen | Pearshaped Pearls of Grand Duchess Vladimir
Margeriten Blumenbroschen | The Diamond Daisy Brooches
Smaragd-Brosche | The Argyll -Emeraldbrooch
Diamantsterne | The Diamond Stars
Die Juwelen der Herzogin von Argyll | Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll
Die Kent Aquamarine |
The Aquamarines

French Crown Jewels | The Imperial Comb with the „Hortense“ Diamond

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Grand Peigne de Pampilles | Diamants de la couronne Empress Eugenie

Grand Peigne de Pampilles | Diamants de la couronne Empress Eugenie

Grand Peigne a Pampilles provenant de la Collection des Joyaux de la Couronne Diamant rose dit „Diamant Hortensia“

 

 

 

Collier aux Pampilles Collection des Joyaux de la Couronne

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Couronnette Perles et Brillants | Joyaux de la Couronne France | French Crown Jewel

                    4 Perles Broches Brillants | Joyaux de la Couronne France

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Diamants, Perles et Pierreries provenant de la Collection des Joyaux de la Couronne  – Broches Brillants et Perles

Perles de la Collection des Joyaux de la Couronne

Diamants, Perles et Pierreries provenant de la Collection des Joyaux de la Couronne

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The Diamond Hair Jewel Empress Eugenie | Diamant Haar-Schmuck der Kaiserin Eugenie

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4 Perles Broches Brillants | Joyaux de la Couronne France

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Ruby-Necklace of Empress Eugenie | Rubin-Diamant-Perlen Collier der Kaiserin Eugenie

Imperial Marguerites of Diamond for the Empress of France | Margeriten aus Diamanten für die Blumenliebhaberin Kaiserin Eugenie von Frankreich

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Diademe Imperatrice – Eugenie de France |Fontenay Diadem of Empress Eugenie | Diadem der Kaiserin Eugenie von Frankreich

Emerald Collection Empress Eugenie | Magnifique ensemble de joyaux en émeraudes et brillants Imperatrice Eugenie

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in long Version with the Cross

Imperial Emeralds Present to Queen Victoria Eugenia | Emeraldcross
of Queen Isabella II. – Madame Patiño

Feuilles de Groseillier Diamant Parure | Red Currant Leaf Diamond Parure | French Crown Jewels

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Feuilles de Groseillier Diamant Parure

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Flora wurde zum bevorzugten Thema der Juweliere und 1855 auf der Ausstellung der Kronjuwelen, die Öffentlichkeit einen stomacher der roten Johannisbeere Blätter bewundern, eines der prächtigsten parures des 19. Jahrhunderts der Kronjuwelen von Frankreich, von Bapst Paris 1855

 

Perlen der Kaiserin Friedrich | Prussia Royal Imperial Pearls

update für  die Preussischen Perlen und Kaiserlichen Juwelen:

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Hochzeit Vicky | Wedding Victoria Princess Royal

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Kaiserin Friedrichs Muschel Diadem | Shell-diamond-tiara

Lapisarmband und Diamant-Diadem | Lapislazuli-bracelet and diamond tiara

Kaiserin Friedrichs grosse Perlenkette| Empress Frederick´s Pearls

Schmuck der Kaiserin Friedrich | Jewels of Empress Frederick

Historische Perlen der Preussen | Hohenzollern | Prussian Royal Imperial Pearls

Schmuck und Juwelen des Hauses Hohenzollern – Preussen |
Jewellery and Treasures of Prussian Kings and Queens