Yes, it is an interesting mystery...Thank you both !!
I do hope this parure is currently owned by QEII as the British royal family does not wear/have a lot of amethyst (despite the fact this parure does not cost a lot of money only $ 100 000...)!
As I have already told on this sote I called Sotheby in Switerzland ten years ago now !!! to ask them information concerning the ownership of the tiara.
I was only told that the parure was not owned by a royal family at the time of the sell.
Therefore, the parure sold by QEQM is a real myth spread on internet. I would have found so strange to sell this parure to solve financial problems...as the british royal family keeps every things in her vault such as clothes, toys, jewels, stones.....
Therefore, to my own speculation : QM gave this parure to an part of the family, to her friends...to her nieces....we can't know...or this parure is currently owned by the British royal family and the parure sold is an other parure.
I thank Beth again for her kind and enormous reasearches :
- First, It is now obvisous that QM wore semi-precisous stones such as turquoise, amethyst and aquamarine !
- Secondly, the duchess of York also wore the turquoise parure during her life as a Duchess...therefore, I am pretty sur that she has worn other colors such as sapphire, emeralds...contrary to the general opinion !
Last but not least, I think that the amethyst and diamond pendant earrings worn by the Duchess of Cornwall could be part of the amethyst parure...I can see similarities in design !
I have already posted on this subject !
: Welcome to the board Kelly. And thank you for
: taking the time and effort to research the
: information from the Sotheby's catalogue. As
: I often wondered what was actually said, I
: was delighted to see a precise quote. Many
: Thank you Nellie for providing the link to
: Boffer's description of Queen Mary's parure;
: however, I believe that it describes only
: what was in the Sotheby's auction photos
: (which have been available on the net for
: many years) and not what was actually worn
: by Queen Mary. As I will explain below there
: is a difference.
: Queen Mary's parure from what we can see in
: photos of HM wearing the various items seems
: very similar, if not identical, to the one
: auctioned. Yet, there are differences.
: 1. I have only ever seen the necklace as a
: choker, but as the auction notes indicate
: that the clusters were detachable that may
: not be a major point of difference.
: 2. Queen Mary rarely wore pendant earrings
: (I know of only one photo showing her with
: pendant earrings). Yet, it is possible that
: Queen Mary wore only the upper section of
: the earrings.
: 3. I have never seen a photo with Queen Mary
: wearing the ring, but that may not mean
: 4. Queen Mary was photographed wearing at
: least one major amethyst brooch. That was
: not included in the auction.
: A closer view of the upper element in the
: 5. Queen Mary appears to have had more than
: one amethyst brooch. These cannot be
: confused with the amethysts from the Kent
: amethyst demi-parure as the press reports of
: these are after QM handed those amethysts to
: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
: This press report is from 1935 so before
: QEQM became Queen and was given the Kent
: demi-parure, but the report attests to
: brooches in the plural.
: I don't know the answer to the mystery, but
: each time we get new, reliable information
: (such as Kelly has given) it adds to our
: knowledge. Eventually, the mystery will be
: Re whether the parure is still with the
: British Royal family. If I recollect
: correctly one of our posters was told by
: palace employees that Queen Elizabeth the
: Queen Mother (who was rumoured to have
: inherited it) did not sell the parure. As
: far as I know no further information was
: given. But we do not know who might have
: inherited the parure. It may have been any
: member of the British Royal family or even a
: member of Queen Mary's family. It is even
: possible that the parure sold at auction and
: Queen Mary's are different - but I wonder?
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