Last but not least, it is evident that QEQM's jewels vault might be far more important that we can imagine, tiaras dusting in the vault waiting for being worn one day ! We have also to beard in mind that she also had a small lozenge tiara made by Cartier in 1953 with loose diamonds and never seen in public ! Franck
Edited by Nicolas-Benoit on April 20, 2017, 3:37 am
- a wide diamond bandeau to wear on the head (Mrs Ronnie by Siân Evans) ;
- a diamond tiara from her father (diamond collet) as a wedding gift (Mrs Ronnie by Siân Evans);
- an emerald bandeau tiara with a central 93.7 carat emerald from Boucheron ;
- The Greville tiara worn by QEQM ( We have to bear in mind that a knot-pattern tiara had been dismantled in 1901, with the stones being used to create a new diadem (photo from Boucheron by Vincent Meylan), which later was dismantled, with the stones being used in this current honeycomb tiara.
- She also had a tiara made by Boucheron in 1910 'Elle commanda un bandeau beaucoup plus léger dont les motifs de feuillages sont sertis de 293 diamonds).
As the Queen jewels vault says : "Mrs. Greville's ambition to be the top hostess in society meant she needed not only the finest food for her guests and the finest surroundings in which to host them, but also the finest jewels to wear while dazzling in her hostess duties. In her later years, Margaret Greville wasn’t known for her beauty and she was no fashion model, but she was hard to beat when she decked herself out in her best gems. The considerable fortune left to her by her father gave her the resources to assemble a noteworthy collection, and her competitive side assured that she had only the best."
Therefore, it is obvious that further to her own personality that she had at the end of her life several tiaras in possession, she would have never accepted to wear only one tiara during parties !
Further to the small information we can have we can speculate/suppose that Mrs. Greville had given several tiaras to QEQM including the Greville and the emerald ones.
I also think that she had given on least an other diamond tiara which might be the small one from Boucheron.
Do you think this tiara with "motifs de feuillages" could the one worn by Princess Ann :
: According to the Daily Telegraph in
: January 1943 amongst Mrs Greville's jewels
: were --
: I presume that the reporter did not have
: access to the inventory of Mrs Greville's
: jewels but was writing based on knowledge of
: what Mrs Greville wore to society functions
: before WWII.
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Last but not least, it is evident that QEQM's jewels vault might be far more important that we can imagine, tiaras dusting in the vault waiting for being worn one day !
We have also to beard in mind that she also had a small lozenge tiara made by Cartier in 1953 with loose diamonds and never seen in public !