History of Famous Jewels and Collections
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Re: Durability of jewels
Didn't one of the tiaras of the Queen break when she was on the way to that Fanfare Event and was in the last moment loaned a tiara by Earl Plunket or so. but we don't know which tiara it was.
And i think it was stated in the Robert's book that the frame of the Vladimir tiara hade to bee made entire new because it was so old and fragile.
Hmmmm, interesting question.
The only example I can think of is Queen Maryís Fringe Tiara snapping on Queen Elizabethís wedding day.
You would assume that the Court Jeweller would have regular contact with a royal collection, cleaning/polishing/checking the settings etc. but accidents do happen and when you factor in the age of some of these mechanisms itís bound to