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Re: The disappearance of her sapphire parure
Apparently the sight of this parure on the newly married Grand Duchess greatly irked Queen Victoria who felt the jewels were too grand for a young woman. Sour grapes no doubt.
Interesting Janet! I had not realised that there were English, Scottish and Irish symbols incorporated in the parure. I will have to hunt up some photos to see what they are.
Another interesting item to look at! Thank you!
I am most saddened by the disappearance of Marie Alexandrovna's sapphire parure.
Marie Alexandrovna's sapphire parure was designed to celebrate her marriage to a British prince and was made up of English, Scottish and Irish symbols. I can't help but feel it was a tragedy that Queen Mary never had the chance to buy it.
We know that the sapphires were gifted to Marie Alexandrovna's daughter Victoria Melita as she was pictured wearing them in pictures in the 1910s and presumably they were either left behind in Russia or sold very soon after they escaped in 1917.
Thye clearly did not form part of the jewels which Victoria Melita sold to her sister Marie of Romania.
Such a loss.