The bandeau, which is made of diamonds and platinum, is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The centre is set with a detachable brooch of ten brilliant diamonds as cluster.
The diamond bandeau was made for Queen Mary and specifically designed to accommodate the centre brooch. This brooch was given as a present to the then Princess Mary in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York.
Earl Brownlow, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, has written to the mayors of all the boroughs in the county, announcing that an account has been opened with the principal banks for the purpose of receiving subscriptions for a wedding gift to be offered to the Duke of York and Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. The subscriptions are limited to £5. After the subscription is closed a meeting will be held at Lincoln to decide what form the gift will take.
According to a report in the Stamford Mercury, the chairman of the committee, Earl Brownlow, said that he “endeavoured to find out what would be most acceptable and he believed that Her Serene Highness Princess May would particularly value something in the nature of a brooch with a single pearl or diamond in the centre, set with diamonds. It would be an ornament that Her Serene Highness could wear now, and probably in a still higher position.” Apparently the Princess had indicated that she had not received such a gift and the chairman thought that she would value and appreciate such a gift. The jewel was presented to Princess May on July 5.
The bandeau and the cluster brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to The Queen in 1953.
A 2nd diamond bandeau is known, which Queen Mary probably bought from the Empress of Russia, she wore it with a sapphire cluster brooch and Emerald as center, the design of the bandeau is different to this, in form of a star-light.
Thank you to Laura for the details of Grantham Journal, 08 July 18931; Stamford Mercury
Lincolnshire Chronicle, Grantham Journal 1.july; Stamford Mercury - Friday 14 July 1893 ;Royal-collection;
Die Queen Mary ein Bandeau aus Diamanten und Platin, als Mittelpunkt ist das Hochzeitsgeschenk des County von Lincoln angebracht, eine Diamantbrosche aus dem Jahr 1893.
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