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Re: Duchesses of Gloucester. Pearl and emerald necklaces
I think that most, if not all, the emerald beads in the original 2 necklaces have been used in one necklace with each emerald bead separated by a small pearl, possibly from the rear of the original necklaces. When the current Duchess wears the necklace with drops, I suspect that the outer two are the original emerald drops from the necklaces. I am not sure where the smaller central drop came from.
I suspect that Princess Alice used the remaining pearls to create 2 separate pearl necklaces.