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Re: Buccleuch diamond necklaces
Thanks for this Beth, the bracelet and necklace are a match but made with much intrigue. I love the shininess of the first necklace with the big round stones it is as they said in Tatler just outstanding.
The Duke/Duchess of Buccleuch have at least 2 major diamond necklaces. One is a riviere with some very large diamonds. I strongly suspect that the necklace can be worn in a long or a short version.
When the Duchess wore the necklace to the Buccleuch Hunt Ball in 1949 Tatler noted that it was outstanding. (even though the photo I have is not!)
The second large necklace which the Duchess used to enhance the neckline of her dress is in my opinion much more interesting. I wish I knew something of its history, maker etc.
Necklace used to ornament neckline.
Although the photos below are poor quality, I think the Duchess was wearing the same necklace in a more conventional form.
In 1937 with a pendant
In 1936 with a pendant
I strongly suspect that the Duchess was wearing it below the diamond riviere in photos published after the 1937 Coronation.
What has grabbed my attention about this necklace is that I think it dismantles to form 3 bracelets which the Duchess was photographed wearing.
A closer view of the necklace
What do others think? Are the necklace and the bracelets the same item?