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Re: Londonderry emerald suite
In answer, The Londonderry emerald "parure" inherited by Lady Mairi Bury (and worn by her at her daughter Elizabeth's dance at Londonderry House in 1959) is currently on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum's jewellery gallery. It consists of a necklace and earrings (there was no separate tiara, the necklace could be worn as one though).
The emerald parure pre-dates the discovery of emeralds in Russia in the nineteenth century. So, they are not "Siberian Emeralds" as is sometimes claimed.
The "Corrigan Emerald" is much later in date and was a present to Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry in the 1920s.
Superb photo. Thank you Laurent F!
Do you know if the emeralds have been sold? Or are they still with the descendants of Lady Mari Bury?
I have a report from 1959 of Viscountess Bury wearing the necklace at the coming out dance for her daughter. The wording of the report also allows for the inference that there was perhaps a tiara with emeralds.
[Note: Edith, Lady Londonderry died in April 1959]
Tatler 4 November 1959.
Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry had a diamond bracelet with a large emerald given to her by her friend, Laura Corrigan. It was auctioned in May 2018 by Sotheby's.
According to Sotheby's Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry wore the bracelet to the Opening of Parliament in 1948.
The photo showing the bracelet was taken at Londonderry House sometime after the Opening of Parliament.
Whether Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry wore the bracelet to the Opening of Parliament in 1948 is a moot point. In the only photo I could find of her on the day, her arms are covered.