Posted by Nellie on July 18, 2012, 2:33 am, in reply to "Re: An Opal Parure?"
This was made for Queen Victoria with opals.
Queen Alexandra switched them to rubies.
I do believe that the jewellery industry invented the myth that opals were unlucky and many ladies swallowed that.
: The problem would be that Opals come in so
: many colour variations from white to black
: and that is just the background!
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: Seems to me that there may be enough opals
: languishing in the vaults to make a parure.
: Was it Queen Mary or Queen Alexandra who
: disliked opals? I have vague recollections
: of opals being removed from the Oriental
: Tiara, possibly a gold tiara of Queen
: Victoria's, and possibly also a necklace.
: If opals were removed from those items,
: perhaps there were more pieces altered.
: Wish my memory would serve me better. :-)
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