I can provide more detailed quotes if more explaining is needed. NOTE: I have not attempted to track a chronology of these pieces. As that is pretty much impossible to do. Even Queen Mary noted in her jewellery inventory that: However by my calculations the Queen now owns five collet necklaces: 1) The Coronation Necklace (Queen Victoria's Collet)
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This new publication provides some interesting information on diamond collets and diamond collet necklaces that are owned and have been owned by the British Royal Family.
- Queen Charlotte's Collet Necklace. Inherited by Queen Victoria, passed to the House of Hanover as part of the Hanoverian Claim.
- Queen Adelaide's Collet Necklace. This was a necklace of 158 collets inherited by Queen Victoria from Queen Adelaide in 1837. Three stones from this necklace were used to lengthen 'The Coronation Necklace' in 1911.
- The Coronation Necklace (Previously referred to as 'Queen Victoria's Collet Necklace'). This was made in 1858, to replace Queen Charlotte's necklace that had been lost of Hanover.
It used 28 stones.
Queen Mary removed two large stones to use as earrings in 1911, (these were thus replaced by 3 stones from Queen Adelaide's Collet Necklace); it thus contained 29 stones.
However, in 1953, The Queen shortened it from 29 stones to 25 stones.
- Queen Alexandra's Collet Necklace. This was a wedding-gift to the Princess of Wales by the City of London in 1863. It consists of 31 diamonds. It passed to Queen Mary in 1925, and to the Queen in 1953.
- It is noted that upon her death in 1953, Queen Mary owned eight collets at the end of her life. Of which she bequeathed two to The Queen (one of which was Queen Alexandra's).
It is noted by Roberts, that The Queen wore Queen Alexandra's collet necklace in Canada in 2010 (which features in an earlier thread).
- The Duchess of Teck's Collet Necklace. This necklace passed from the Duchess of Gloucester to the Duchess of Teck, it was described as a necklace of 49 stones. This necklace passed to Queen Mary. And in 1953 it was among the eight collet necklaces that she owned. It was left to the Queen Mother (who wore it to the 1953 Coronation of her daughter).
(There is a complicated history of the necklace constantly having stones removed and then later re-added).
It passed to The Queen in 2002.
- Queen Mary's Sautoir. This was created, in 1928, from another large diamond collet necklace that Queen Mary had purchased from the Grand-Duchess Vladimir in 1921.
- Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Necklace. This collet necklace dates from the mid-nineteenth century and originally contained 40 diamond collets. It was given to Queen Elizabeth by George VI in 1937 (although no record survives as to where this necklace was purchased).
It was inherited by The Queen in 2002, since then, it has been loaned to The Duchess of Cornwall, who has shortened it by nine collets.
- In addition to these necklaces that are mentioned. It is also mentioned that Garrard held a collection of loose diamond collet stones since 1911, which were marked with a ‘C’ for Crown Property. These stones were used by Queen Mary to extend and alter collet necklaces. In 1950, there were 154 of these loose collet stones held by Garrard, when 105 were used to create ’The Queen’s Festoon Necklace’ (which was later shortened by 10 stones in 1953).
"The collets are constantly altered according to the way the necklaces are worn"
Which makes it almost impossible to track the constant changes made to them.
2) Queen Alexandra's Collet Necklace
3) The Duchess of Teck's Collet Necklace
4) Queen Elizabeth's Coronation Necklace (loaned to the Duchess of Cornwall)
5) A second collet necklace bequeathed to her by Queen Mary.
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I can provide more detailed quotes if more explaining is needed.
NOTE: I have not attempted to track a chronology of these pieces. As that is pretty much impossible to do. Even Queen Mary noted in her jewellery inventory that:
However by my calculations the Queen now owns five collet necklaces:
1) The Coronation Necklace (Queen Victoria's Collet)