Diamantcollier - Rivière mit Brillantohrstecker und hängenden
Diamanttropfen als Ohrschmuck, ein Hochzeits-Geschenk an die Prinzessin
Alexandra Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg von der "Corporation
der City von London" überreicht.
The necklace ". . . consists of 32 Golconda diamonds (old
English cut), the centre stone, from which the rest graduate, weighing
13 carats 3 1-32 grains. The beauty of this collection of stones was
represented to lie in the uniformity and harmony of size, shape and
The earrings are equal in quality to the necklace, and consist of very
large brilliant tops and drops with diamonds between, the top stones
weighing 12½ carats, and the drops, which are said to be matchless,
17¼ carats, the whole weight of necklace and earrings being 171
½ ¼ 1/16 carats.
The centre stone of the necklace was valued at £5,000, while the
total value of the gift was £10,000. Both items were made by Garrard
The diamond rivière and earrings with pear-shaped diamond pendants
were the gift of the Corporation of the City of London and the Princess
wore the necklace on the day of her wedding.
The future Queen Alexandra often wore the necklace and the earrings,
without the diamond drops. The Princess of Wales added the diamond drops
to her diamond collet necklaces as pendants and sometimes even to the
diamond and pearl necklace that she received as the wedding gift of
the Prince of Wales.
Sources: The Times 07 Mar 1863; 15 Apr 1863;
Special thanks to Laura for her great research and text!!!
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