In 1914 when Princess Mary was seventeen, Ernest Brooks took a series of studio portraits of the Princess. She wore a charming jewel ideally suited for a young lady making her début.
It was "a pearl, diamond, ruby and emerald collar, composed of six rows of seed pearls divided by twenty alternate ruby and diamond and emerald and diamond seven-stone bars, the centre fourteen supporting by pearl festoons graduated alternate ruby and diamond, and emerald and diamond star pendants each of which supports three pearl drops with blue beads at the bottom, the remaining bars each supporting a single pearl with a blue bead at the bottom, emerald and diamond seven-stone bar snap."
This item was sold at the Christie's auction of the Princess Royal's
jewellery on June 29, 1966 for £280 ($784 USD) to Graus.
Queen Alexandra's wedding gift to Princess Mary was an unusual six-row emerald bead and pearl necklace, composed of sixty-three graduated pearls and sixty-four graduated emerald beads strung alternately with green and white enamelled barrel snap. This necklace look's very similar to a wedding gift which Princess Alexandra received>>
Queen Alexandra's necklet bears the personal message.
Special thanks to Laura for the resarch and text!
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