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Re: Queen Alexandra as Princess of Wales 1871
I noticed that some of Alexandra’s amethysts look bright in the black and white photo published by @britishroyaljewels.
My question on RJWMB was if the "bright stones" Alexandra wore on her skirt to the Waverly ball also could be amethysts?
(I have previously been confused about the stones in a diamond sautoir worn by Queen Maud. I thought a black and white photo showed aquamarine, but I later found a colour photo of Queen Sonja wearing the same sautoir confirming it was amethyst. These amethysts are smaller and not related to what Alexandra wore in 1871).
Queen Sonja has worn a large amethyst surrounded by diamonds as a pendant and a brooch (I think it is the same) since the 1970s, but I don’t know the provenance. It is not part of the Norwegian amethyst parure.
I have absolutely no idea which jewels Queen Alexandra was wearing on her skirt at the Waverly Ball in 1871.
Perhaps I am wrong and she was wearing elements from the Kent necklace -- but I don't think so.
She definitely wasn't wearing any part of the so called "crown rubies". That necklace didn't exist at the time. At the time Queen Victoria was still using it as her opal necklace.
Nor is Queen Alexandra wearing any of the sapphires later given to Princess Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood. All of her sapphires can be identified and traced to other sources.
Hopefully, Knightship will enter the discussion here. Both you and he may be correct!