Edited by kelly on May 22, 2017, 10:30 pm
The general story is that Mary won the amethysts and created the tiara. And there is a parure that was sold at Sotheby's that many people seem to believe once belonged to the Windsors. Curious, I purchased the auction catalog from Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels, Geneva, 26th May 1993, as lot 525.
I'm not sure of the policies regarding the posting of quotes, so if the following needs to be removed, feel free to do so.
"By Tradition from the Collection of a European Royal Family
AN ATTRACTIVE AMETHYST AND DIAMOND PARURE
comprising: a Tiara, circa 1815, of Empire style, the tapered band set with cushion-shaped amethyst bordered by similarly shaped diamonds, later fittings and several repairs; a Necklace, circa 1815, designed as a row of ten oval amethysts graduated in size from the front and each bordered by cushion-shaped diamonds and connected by diamond quatrefoil motifs, the front supporting detachable pear-shaped amethyst drops, four of which are briolette, all of the clusters are detachable; a pair of Earrings of similar design, early 19th Century; and a Ring, last quarter of the 19th Century, slightly imperfect"
If the Sotheby's caption is correct -- and I have no reason to doubt that it is -- then the parure either cannot be Queen Mary's, or her acquisition of it is different from what has heretofore been presented. Of course, there are those on this board who have stated that they have been told by courtiers that Queen Mary's parure is still with the family, but that belief does not appear to be widespread.
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