The duck-egg sized sapphire worn in a choker, was a wedding gift from Elizabeth the Queen Mother, to Princess Diana in 1981.
The Queen Mother gave Lady Diana Spencer, this enormous sapphire brooch as a wedding present. Diana had the brooch placed later, as the centerpiece of a seven strand pearl necklace.
Queen Mum ownes two similar sapphire clusters, but they seem to have never worn them and reserved them for a future Princess of Wales as a wedding gift.
It was probably part of the Greville legacy and could possibly have bought from Hennell after the death of the Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia, because such a jewel, was also available under No. 44 on the list of the imperial jewels, included.
A possible Romanov provenance would also underline the importance of a rather common type of brooch.
44. large oval brooch with sapphire surrounded by diamonds (GBP 2500-3000) sold 7/4/29 no price listed
The price in 1929 is still absolutely substantial and it must have been a top gem.
The brooch by Diana is also not typical of the same English type, which are based on the Prince Albert sapphire brooch, but also has the typical inner frame made of smaller diamonds, as the Russian pieces have.
Special thank's to Franck, he give me the list of his research:
- Wedding Gifts from Prince Charles:
The famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring, gift from the Prince of Wales.
and a Signet ring in gold
Diamond and emerald art deco bracelet
Wedding Gifts from the Queen:
The Cambridge Lovers' knot tiara
Diamond and emerald art-deco choker
The Swiss Federal republic's watch
Round diamond with round pearl underneath earrings -
Wedding Gifts from the Queen Mother:
Large sapphire and diamond brooch - see above
The Prince of Wales feathers' diamond and emerald pendant -
From her own family:
nothing is known. The Spencer tiara was on loan until 1996
- From others members of family?
Royal Wedding gifts from:
1°The Saudi Arabian diamond and sapphire suite (necklace, earrings, bracelet, ring and a watch)
From The Princess of Wales by Jayne Fincher: "The Saudi Arabian Royal Family presented two suites of jewels to the Princess of Wales as a wedding gift. One of the sets includes many of sapphire and diamonds pieces we so often"
From various documents 300 uncut diamonds were given by the King Khalid of Saudi Arabia as a wedding gift
2°The Gold choker with pearl fringe and multi-gemstone necklace from the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Jordan (Including a central emerald, turquoise, amethyst, coral, pearl and diamond).
3° A set of jewellery crafted from coral and gold from the heir Apparent of the State of Qatar (Consisting of a necklace, earrings, bracelet and ring)
4° A sapphire and gold necklace with the Prince of Wales feathers as a pendant from the National Association of Goldsmiths and designed by Lexi Dick ; earrings to match
5° A pearl necklace with a sapphire and diamond clasp from the UAE
6°A gold necklace with a pendant
7°A set of jewellery in semi-precious stone and diamond from his highness the Emir of Qatar (consisting of a watch, a ring and cuff links from Menkes) or a pearl set
8° diamond and pearl dangle earrings
9° Collingwood diamond and pearl dangle earrings the firm Collingwood want to present Lady Diana, the diamond chandelier earring which she had lent before,for a picture, but it was to expensive as a gift from a company. So they offered this pair of pear earrings. Collingwood was the prefered jeweler of the Spencer family.
10° A diamond brooch from the Government and People of Canada
11° Perth and Kinross District Council brooch with cufflinks and tiepin
12° Royal crown derby brooch and earrings from the City of Stoke on Trent
13° Edwardian plaid brooch from Scotland
14° Royal regimental of Canada brooch
15° A hand painted locket from Ascension Island brooch
16° A gold and Lapis Lazuli brooch from Canada
17° A pearl brooch from the people of Fiji
18° A diamond evening watch from the Sheikha of the United Arab Emirates (Maybe the most important single jewel given to Princess Diana for her wedding - far more expensive than the Saudi suite)
19° A pearl and diamond bracelet from UAE
20° Jewelery from Ghana
21° necklaces made with shells - the wedding gifts from the Government and people of Tuvalu
22° Using black coral, Leonati Motuliki carved a delicate nest with two birds alighting to feed their young and mounted it on a base of Tongan sandalwood, from King and Queen of Tonga
23° A silver tea set (5 pieces) from the Heir Apparent of the State of Qatar.
24° A gold dhow from his Highness the Amir of the State of Bahrein
A glittering watch from the Sheikha of the United Araba Emirates.
More jewels came from the president of Seychelles, from the General Kenan Evren and from the King and Queen of Tonga
Missing the Royal Presents of:
Saudi Arabia (The king)
Bahrain (The heir)
Brunei (Nothing is known)
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