Wedding diamonds from Count Glamis, later Count of Strathmore and Kinghorne, to Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck- two inwinded hearts in diamonds with a crown as pendant, large brooch, worn on the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1923 Countess Strathmore Diamond Jewels Marriage Bridal Jewels Wedding Gift in 1881 |
Cecilia Nina Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (née Cavendish-Bentinck; 11 September 1862 – 23 June 1938) was the mother of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and maternal grandmother and godmother of Elizabeth II.
A mystery is solved.
Long time, nothing was known about the history of Elizabeth the Queen Mothers, carved rock crystal art deco brooch.
The eagle-eyed Frank had sent me a note from the August 1923 about Queen mother’s style.
And an earlier press story was found, from the May, one month after the royal wedding.
In the splendid year of 1923, a momentous occasion unfolded as Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons, the destined Duchess of York, was graced with an array of resplendent treasures to embellish her wedding. Among these treasures, a remarkable Art Deco Pendant Brooch shone with unparalleled brilliance.
During the enchanting month of May in that very year, the spotlight of the press was cast upon a distinctive trend inaugurated by the Duchess of York – a trend that would captivate the realm of fashion.
A pendant of exquisite square-shaped crystal emerged as the centrepiece, its delicate contours accentuated by an almost imperceptible rim of onyx adorned with diamonds. This captivating pendant, suspended by an ornate loop that echoed its elegance, hung gracefully from a black moiré ribbon interlaced with crystal beads, all united by a platinum chain of utmost sophistication.
Among the trove of gifts bestowed upon the royal bride, a novelty of striking originality emerged – a purse of singular design. Its circular form, enveloped in ebony moiré, boasted a circumference bejeweled [with probably useable with that brooch ),that sparkled like stars.
That pendant brooch could be used also as: onyx and carved crystal clasp, a masterpiece of artistry, secured this objet d’art, which was further graced by its attachment to an onyx slave bangle.
In a realm where precious gems symbolize significant occasions, the Duchess of York ingeniously transformed her pendant into a resplendent headpiece, a magnificent homage to the grandeur of her visit to Australia during the illustrious Royal Tour of 1927.
As time waltzed on and the pages of history turned, the radiant reign of Elizabeth the Queen Mother drew to a close, but her legacy endured.
The carved rock crystal brooch, once worn with regal grace, found a new wearer upon the graceful form of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. With remarkable frequency, this treasure adorned her on diverse royal occasions, etching its presence into the annals of history. It gleamed proudly on the grand stage of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th reign jubilee, as well as during the dignified ceremonies of parliamentary openings, a silent testament to the enduring elegance that transcends generations.
Thank you to Franck!
The wedding gift from Queen Mary to her daughter in law – Princess Marina of Greece, Duchess of Kent in 1934 and one of the principal presents was:
Rectangular diamond brooch with a ruby and diamond bow ornament diagonally across it>>
The brooch was not seen later in public, but Queen Mary was a collector of interesting jewels. Sometimes from her family or other heirlooms.
I believe the Duchess of Kent sold the brooch later without the double ruby bow, after the early death of the Duke of Kent, when she needs money, back to the royal family.
It is very similar to the brooch which was worn by Camilla, the Queen Consort at Royal Ascot 2023 and before at Christmas 2022 Sandringham.
When she was bridesmaid in 1934 on the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Prince Georg of Great Britain, the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
The bridesmaids, in white crêpe marocain, were all wearing the dainty brooches, with the initial of the bride M+G
and bridegroom entwined, that had been the bridegroom’s gift, to them, and white bandeau.
Lady Mary Cambridge;
Princess Elisabeth of York, later Queen Elizabeth II;
Princess Iris of Mountbatten
Princess Juliana of the Netherlands;
Grand Duchess Kira of Russia;
Princess Eugenie of Greece
Princess Catherine of Greece
Princess Irene of Greece
Kent Diamond Fringe Kokoshnik Tiara | Royal Wedding Lady Gabriella Windsor|Royal Jewels Duchess of Kent
Kent Pearl and Diamond Fringe Kokoshnik Tiara| Royal Spike Diadem |Royal Jewels Katherine Duchess of Kent
Queen Mary Sapphire Diamond Brooch |Marina Duchess of Kent rectangle sapphire and two diamonds brooch |Sapphire clasp pearl necklace Princess Michael
From Queen Victoria to the Queen Consort Camilla in 2023
Queen Victoria’s Wedding Gift| The Prince Albert Brooch Sapphire Diamond Brooch Crown Jewels|Royal Jewels Great Britain and Ireland
The three brooches of Queen Marys Turquoise Parure, had originally been a confirmation present in December 1850 to Queen Mary’s mother, the Duchess of Teck.
The Russian Sapphire Cluster Brooch is now in the possession of the British royal family, it is similar to this brooch on the left. But different in size and cut!!!
Camilla’s brooch was the Russian Sapphire Cluster Brooch, previously worn by the late Queen Elizabeth II. The amazing brooch features a large central sapphire surrounded by 18 diamonds, separated from the central gem by an intricate gold filigree.
This was one of the numerous jewels that Queen Elizabeth II inherited from her grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1953. She bought it in 1934, and it was described a magnificent brooch with a sapphire stone as big as a wren’s egg, surmounted by large diamonds.
But for years it was „lent“ and in the jewel casket of the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother still in the year 2014, the first time which it was used by Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II | Cambridge Emerald Brooch with Diamond Pendant from the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace
Thank you to Franck for the picture.
Another mystery of a small Diamond Horse Shoe Brooch is solved, Franck gave me the info today, see the list from 2021: