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Re: Mrs Greville & her black diamonds
There were discussions on these rumored gems on this board and I think another one. The Greville bequest yet remains an extremely mysterious one whereby only a few reported items were dawned by the late QEQM from a reported bigger set of jewels.
The reported number of pieces claimed to be some sixty something. There were reports of another all diamond tiara and sapphires in the Grevillebequest.
Both the Queen and her late mother I believe preferred deference as opposed to being overtly showy with the things they have.
For instance the Queen only wore once the huge emerald and diamond necklace believed to have been in her mother's collection via Mrs. Greville, and its reported to be the second of such similar jewels.
If one takes those emerald and diamond jewels into account then the mind can only imagine what else jewels lie in the Greville bequest.
I'd love to see these reported black diamonds outted though but seeing that such grand jewels only make an appearance after a couple centuries maybe at the very next coronation in the form of maybe a belt or along the upper breast line of a dress.
I was just reading Mrs Greville's biography by Sian Evans and she states that by 1910 Mrs G. had acquired a 'fine set of black diamonds, probably from Borneo'.
Now black diamonds seem to have passed me by & I don't think I've ever seen any. Assuming they were valued at over £100 (in 1942) they would have been inherited by Queen Elizabeth. Have they ever been seen?, or are they languishing in the BP vaults? Anyone have any ideas?