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Re: Query regarding the rubies
There was just one ruby parure that I am aware of in the Londonderry collection of necklace, earrings, and ring. In this black and white photograph, Helen is wearing the ruby necklace around her head, like a tiara. I don't know anything about the necklace (being worn as a nrecklace) in the photograph. Rather than a real diamond stomacher, that looks like diamante on the actual dress itself (with more on the shoulder).
I am perplexed by the information about the Londonderry rubies.
If I have understood what Charles said correctly, is it possible that there were 2 ruby suites?
One comprised of the jewel (necklace) Lady Helen wore as a tiara with matching earrings. (see photo below)
And a second suite comprised of the necklace seen in the photo of Lady Helen below.
Does the large brooch/stomacher and the earrings recently auctioned form part of the second suite?
Then which jewels were given to Edith, Marchioness of Londonderry as a wedding gift from her father-in-law?