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Queen Mary’s Russian Sapphire Cluster Brooch
Edited by The Royal Watcher on March 15, 2023, 7:39 am
In my article, on Queen Mary’s Russian Sapphire Cluster Brooch
, I listed all the possible provenance for the Brooch, but my personal guess is that is does originate from the Russian Imperial Family (since the design is identical to the Imperial Brooch auctioned in 2011), but I do not think that it was among the Jewels acquired by Queen Mary from the estate of Empress Maria Feodorovna. Instead, given the size of the brooch and the date at which it was acquired (1934 rather than soon after 1928 like for the other jewels of the Empress), it seems that it was among the jewels confiscated by the Bolsheviks, who then sold it, before it came to the London Jeweller where it was acquired by Queen Mary.