I recall the British stone from South Africa being recorded as a top quality stone and I believe the Kooinor stone was also listed in that category and I believe I've seen a couple Russian stones also being appraised in top quality category as well but you don't get that kind of information on other Royal jewels.
to support a link with Marie Antoinette.
Had they been able to do so, this necklace would likely have been a record breaker at auction (given the way jewels associated with MA have sold in recent years, not to mention the size of these diamonds) and likely would have sold for many times more than the £1.4 million agreed estimated value.
I'm looking forward to seeing it in the flesh at the V&A at some point, whenever it is put on display.
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