Queen Mary Jewels | Imperial Presents -Royal Wedding Gifts

History of the enormous jewel collection of Queen Mary

Formed of seven brilliant-set panels, each with an amatory trophy of bow, quiver and torch in a laurel-wreath oval suspended from a ribbon-tie, framed by foliate brilliant-set bands.
This delicately constructed collar, in the Louis XVI style, was made in March
1901 for Queen Mary when Duchess of Cornwall and York, at the beginning of the reign of King Edward VII. It was probably made by R. & S. Garrard & Co., with diamonds in Gold 6 × 34 cm
The diamonds were taken from a scroll and ribbon-pattern collar*, which itself had been made with stones taken from seven 12-pointed stars and a pair of diamond star earrings, given by Queen Mary’s grandmother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in 1885. These gifts, in 1885, were presumably to mark the Princess’s 18th birthday.
Diamonds were also removed from a floral diamond spray given by her aunt, Augusta, Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, in the same year 1885.

Queen Mary, like her mother-in-law Queen Alexandra, favoured deep collar necklaces for most of her life, due to her long slim neck and the high fashion of the time. The style was not adopted either by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, to whom the necklace was given when Duchess of York, or by The Queen, who inherited it in 2002, who has worn it only once.
* No reference has been found to the creation of this necklace in the Garrard ledgers; the firm supplied four diamonds and repaired it early in 1902 (Garrard RL51, fol. 266, 30 January 1902, £1 15s). Equally, there is no reference to this necklace in the Cartier archive (an attribution suggested in Munn 2001, p. 133).**
Queen Mary's Jewels | Wedding present from the Duke of Westminster
Wedding gift from the Duke of Westminster, made as a necklace with small leaves and large diamonds with surroundings. Queen Mary wore the Westminster Gift, as small tiara with her famous Diamond TROPHY-OF -LOVE Collar.

Queen Mary’s jewellery | jewel wedding gift list

For her marriage in 1893 to the Duke of York, the future George V, the Princess received a very considerable quantity of jewellery; the majority was of diamonds and pearls.
Generous gifts from her family and from the extended royal family vied with spectacular offerings from all round the United Kingdom and across the Empire.

Among the more significant jewels, exhibited at the Imperial Institute, were three tiaras, twenty-six bracelets, forty-four brooches and fifteen necklaces**.


  1. Diamonds :  



  • A diamond arrow hairpin the Earl and Countess of Dudley (Seen)  


  • An ornament set in diamonds which belonged to Princess Elizabeth Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg 




  • A three-row diamond bracelet from the Marquis of Northampton (Seen) 
  • A diamond bracelet – by the Fishmongers‘ Company  
  • A diamond and scroll cluster bracelet from the Countess and two ladies of Fitzwilliam  
  • A three-diamond collet wire bangle from The Rajah and Ranee of Cooch Behar (Seen)  
  • A twisted gold bangle, with diamond ball-ends from The Rajah and Ranee of Sarawak  
  • A gold bracelet with diamond centre Mr. & Mrs Arthur Kennard 


  • Shoe Buckles in diamonds – The Hon. Charles Bourke  



  • A diamond ring
    „Town of Windsor Ring“ Diamond ring from the Mayor and People of Windsor three-stone ring brilliants (passing to The Queen in 2002)


  1. Pearls :  
  • A diamond  and pearl tiara  – the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland – later given to her granddaughter Elisabeth II  



  • Five row pearl necklace given by her husband the Duke of York
  • A magnificent necklace of three rows of pearls with diamond clasp was presented by 23 counties – it was valued at £6000 Sterling
  • A pearl necklace with diamond clasp from the Ladies of Glasgow consists of 51 pearls, graduated from the centre, with the largest being about the size of an ordinary pea. The length of the necklace is 14 inches. The clasp consists of eleven diamonds set in gold. The pearls were valued at 930 pounds and the total cost was close to 1000 pounds (The Scotsman, 30 June 1893) Messrs R.+W.Sorley  
  • A pearl necklace of fifty five fine pearls with lozenge-shape diamonds – diamond clasp – presented by a thousand of her Majesty’s subjects  
  • A pearl necklace – County of Kent



  • A magnificent diamond and pearl bracelet from the Indian Princess  
  • A large diamond and two-pearl wire bangle bracelet from the King and Queen of Würtemberg (Seen) 
  • A pearl and diamond bracelet from Lord and Lady Burton (seen) 


  • A pearl and diamond ring, designed by Collingwood, presented by Princes Adolphus, Francis and Alexander of Teck to her sister  


  1. Turquoise 
  • A Turquoise and diamond brooch from Earl Fitzwilliam (Seen)
  • A turquoise and diamond cluster pin by the Marquis of Londenderry  
  • A turquoise and diamond pin from Lady Borthwick  
  • A turquoise diamond bracelet from the Marquis and Marchioness of Salisbury (seen) 
  • A turquoise and diamond bracelet from Lord and Lady Burton (Seen)  
  • A gold scarf ring with turquoise and diamonds from Lady Borthwick  


  1. Emeralds :
  • Cross of the 17th century, a trinket very much in fashion in Wedding Present Emerald Cross late 16th centuryolden times with our fair Norman kinswomen and in a case adorned with the two Sons of William the Conqueror. It has been sent from Neufchatel-en-Bray, an old town founded by Henry I of England and has been presented by Captain Le Clerc, of the French Embassy, in whose family it has been for many years
  1. Ruby : 


  • A peridot, ruby and diamond peacock feather brooch with a small bow from the Ex-Queen Isabella of Spain (Beth) 
  • Two entwined snakes with wings as brooch diamonds and rubies from Mr. Henry Chaplin  



  • A ruby and diamond cluster and trellis pattern bracelet from Princess Catherine of Würtemberg  
  • A gold chain bracelet set with rubies and diamonds from Sir Henry Hawkins (70) Ruby Diamond Watch Wedding present to Queen Mary
  • A gold bangle with a heart of rubies from Lady Elizabeth Taylor  
  • Watch bracelet in diamonds and rubies – Mr Gillett see on right>>
  • diamond and ruby sleeve-links from the Hon Copplestone and Mrs Bampfylde  



  • A pair of diamond and ruby sleeve links from the Hon Coppelstown and Mrs Bampfylde 


  1. Sapphire : 


  • Ruby, sapphire and diamond b0angle bracelet from George, Duke of York (seen) 
  • A large cabochon sapphire and diamond curb-chain bracelet from the Emperor and Empress of Russia
  • A sapphire and diamond bracelet from Mr and Mrs Frederick Wigan  
  • A sapphire and diamond bracelet gift from the Worshipful Company of fishmongers  
  • A pair of sapphire and diamond sleeve links from the Earl and Countess Cowper (Seen) 


  • an emerald and sapphire brooch from the Earl Fritywilliam  
  • An emerald and sapphires ring from her three brothers. (Sold during the sale) (seen) 


  1. Others : 


  • A 17th century hair comb from Baroness Yon Doup  



  • An amethyst and topaz bracelet – Lord & Lady Burton 


  • A half-hoop bracelet from the County of Sussex 
  • A gold curb-chain bracelet, with jubilee Institute Medal from Sir Somers Vine and the Staff of the Imperial Institue  


  • A little gold watch and chain inclosed in a small glass case formerly in the possession of the Empress Josephine from Dr Chittenden. 
  • A small birthday book bound in gold and tortoiseshell, containing a miniature in ivory of the royal family and bearing a coronet and short inscription in diamonds and enamel – from the Baron and Baroness Lowenstein. 
  • A bird in gold and enamel box – Sir Henry and Lady Meysey-Thomson  
  • A lace parasol with carved pin coral handle – from the Italian ambassador and Lady Tornielli  


Thank you to Franck – for this list of Royal Jewel wedding presents.

update 9.8.2020

Wedding present to Queen Mary from the members of the British Embassy in Berlin Silver-gilt, straight-sided, quatrefoil-shaped box, with hinged lid, mounted with a red glass and diamond-set scarab and four stylised fleurs-de-lys
Wedding present to Queen Mary from the members of the British Embassy in Berlin Silver-gilt, straight-sided, quatrefoil-shaped box, with hinged lid, mounted with a red glass and diamond-set scarab and four stylised fleurs-de-lys

Diamond-set scarab and four stylised fleurs-de-lys Silver-gilt, straight-sided, quatrefoil-shaped box, with hinged lid, mounted with a red glass; from the members of the British Embassy in Berlin.

Gold Opera Glass from Tiffany with diamonds and pearls
Town of Swansea diamond crescent brooch

**Source:Queens Diamonds,Hugh Roberts; thanks to Laura!

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