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Re: Princess Diana's Sapphire Necklace carrot weight?
Just an add on here as well. I think there was some discussion that QM left to QEQM a large sapphire brooch that was of Russian origin. I believe that it was agreed that QEQM must had two brooches as she was seen still seen wearing one large brooch though slightly different after the wedding.
However where the mystery still remains is which one is which.
Beth am I remembering correctly?
Also as an add on here, it may due to a lack of in the collection, neither the Queen or QEQM, seemed to have favoured pieces with a large statement stone. The Queen though did wear the Cullinan brooch (conservatively valued at plus £60 million) to her Sapphire Jubilee service in St Paul's which one commentator described as the ultimate in power dressing. https://artemisiasroyaljewels.blogspot.com/2013/01/cullinan-diamonds-cullinan-iii-and-iv.html
Beth can we include links like the one above?
I seem to recollect a discussion on the RJWMB about a necklace with a large sapphire having been given to QEQM as a coronation present. That turned out to be a mistake due to an incorrect attribution to a photo in a Pinterest site.
As far as I know King George's coronation present to QEQM was a diamond collet necklace which can be seen in some of the coronation photographs. It was the longer of the two. It has now been lent to the Duchess of Cornwall by QEII.
I have never seen anything about the carat weight of the large sapphire which Princess Diana used as the centre piece of her pearl choker. A lot would depend on whether it is a shallow or deep stone, I suspect.
While on the subject of the sapphire Bismarck, I wondered if the gift of the large sapphire to the late PD PoW from the late QEQM could have been the reported gift to the late QEQM by her husband on their coronation day? I read somewhere that the QEQM was gifted a large sapphire either by her husband or the Emperor of Japan. I can't recall if I may have seen it on another jewel board, but I also read HM QE may have also been gifted by the Emperor of Japan a massive sapphire as well. Could anyone on here say what is the true carrot weight of the sapphire worn by the late PD PoW? And maybe able to indicate it's provenance i.e. whether it was the said sapphire gifted to the late QEQM by her husband? Is it possible it came from the Greville bequest?