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Re: Queen Elizabeth's second collet necklace worn at her coronation in 1938
When media reports indicate that the British Queen has the largest private jewel collection,you don't have to take it with a pinch of salt now do you.
We have been informed from Lord Twining that there were three fine diamond necklaces (one is the coronation necklace). He does write :
"The second necklace originally had 87 brilliant collets ranging from 3/16 to 10 1/4 carats, but this had been reduced to 45 collets by removing 42.
There is also a group of detached collets sets with brillants from which I was taken for the snap of the small necklace and 3 were used in the large necklace" There remain 154 collets."
We also have been informed from Menkes that 2 diamond collet necklaces were considered as crown jewels :
- A diamond collet necklace of 45 collets ;
- A diamond collet necklace of 42 collets ; Leslie Field also makes a reference of a diamond collet necklace of 45 collets worn by QE.
Strangely Roberts does not do any references of these diamond collet necklaces.
We have no idea if these necklaces were worn by Queen Elizabeth II,
Nevertheless, we know that Queen Elizabeth wore a diamond collet necklace which is not her own coronation necklace of the day of her coronation (The diamonds are less impressive in 1938).
When we look at the jewels worn by her on her coronation we can clearly see that she wore jewels of the crown.
Consequently, we can suppose that the second diamond collet necklace worn by her is a necklace from the crown and maybe one of the two collets described by Twining and Menkes (Another possibility would be the Teck collet necklace).
I also raise the same question for Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary. They wore jewels of the crown for their respectives coronations.
(Sadly, I can't post photos anymore).