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Re: Queen Alexandra as Princess of Wales/ Kent Amethyst /Sapphires or Crown Rubies???
Edited by Dave on April 13, 2021, 9:33 am
Thanks Beth for joining the discussion and pointing out the other pieces of jewelry.I thought of the two Russian Sapphire brooches but then I remembered they were both legacies of the jewel Queen, Queen Mary and the Albert Sapphire Brooch I believe remained with a heavy mourning Queen Victoria and the late QEQM Sapphire brooch gifted to PD would of been out of the question. Do we know of any large emerald stones in the BRF other than the ones had by QV? I saw an error I made in that I was identifying the former Princess Mary, Princess Royal as the daughter of Queen Alexandra and thinking that the sapphires the Princess Royal were given came from her Grandmother Queen Alexandra. But still could those said sapphires given to the Princess Royal could have originated from Queen Alexandra?
The photograph of Queen Alexandra in fancy dress as Mary, Queen of Scots, was taken at the time of the Waverley Ball held in London in July 1871.
In 1871 Queen Victoria, who was not noted for sharing jewels with her daughter-in-law, was alive and unlikely to give Alexandra access to the Kent amethysts. The so called Crown ruby necklace did not exist (with rubies) until after Victoria's death.
I agree with Dave that Queen Alexandra was wearing the front element from her wedding gift tiara. She was wearing the upper portion of the earrings given to her by the City of London as a wedding gift.
It looks as if some of the pearl and diamond elements from her wedding gift necklace are pinned to a velvet choker.
Hanging from her neck is a pearl necklace with a diamond cross, the wedding gift from the Ladies of Liverpool.
Across the bodice, the central section of the Dagmar necklace has been used as a corsage ornament.
But what Queen Alexandra was wearing as a girdle and skirt ornaments is something which I can only guess at. But it is clear that not all the large gemstones are the same, and that are at least two different types.
The only colour image from this occasion is the sketch done by Princess Louise for Queen Victoria, which can be seen on the Royal Collection site. Unfortunately, it is no help to us in identifying the jewels.