Thank you for such interesting and extensive research Arthur!
Like Maud, I'm focused on the V-shape in front of Astrid's necklace. It might be a completely different set, but something is "missing" in Astrid's necklace.
Queen Maud had a number of sautoirs, but I've never seen one with four rows of pearls, turquoises and brilliants.
Princess Astrid's other "cluster" turquoise & diamond necklace is Maud's wedding gift from the Duke and Duchess of York, the Duke and Duchess of Fife, and Princess Victoria of Wales: "a number of graduated diamonds and turquoises in a case, not attached to each other, but so constructed that they could be readily employed in many forms of ornamentation, the length of the complete set suggesting a necklace".
It's the same 20 turquoise stones that can be altered in Maud's grand diamond tiara, the wedding gift from "a few friends".
Crown princess Martha wore these turquoises as a long necklace and a shorter version with five pendants, but Astrid seems to prefer the shorter version.
: In an earlier thread, last 7-8th June, we
: discussed the possibility that one of the
: turquoise necklaces worn by Princess Astrid
: might be the gift presented by the City of
: Paris to Queen Maud of Norway, when she and
: her husband King Haakon VII paid a State
: visit to France in May 1907.
: See thread:
: I have tried to find more information in the
: archives of the French press of the time.
: This gives a few information, but
: unfortunately I could not manage to find any
: clear and convincing picture of the
: Journal des débats politiques et
: littéraires , 29th May 1907:
: " After the lunch, Mr André Lefebvre
: [chairman of the Municipal Council]
: presents the sovereigns with the gifts of
: the Municipality: to the King, a golden
: medal by Prudhomme, depicting on the front
: side a young woman symbolizing the City of
: Paris with the City Hall in the background,
: and bearing on the back side the
: To H. M. Haakon VII,
: King of Norway,
: The City of Paris
: 28th May 1907
: The Queen accepts a sautoir chain, of pearls
: and turquoises. "
: Le Rappel , 30th May 1907:
: " On behalf of the City, Mr A. Lefèvre
: asked the Queen to accept a superb sautoir
: of four rows of pearls, and enhanced with
: turquoises and brilliants. "
: Le Radical , 29th May 1907:
: " And then [after the signing of the
: Golden Book] , somehow moved, Mr André
: Lefèvre presents the Queen, on behalf of the
: City of Paris and as a token [of her visit]
: , with a magnificent sautoir chain, ornated
: with diamonds and turquoises. Turquoise is
: Queen Maud’s favourite gemstone.
: The Queen takes the jewel box, stamped with
: the coat-of-arms of the City, and warmly
: thanks the chairman of the Municipal
: Council. "
: Le Temps , 29th May 1907:
: " During the visit of the [City
: Hall’s] representation rooms, Mr André
: Lefèvre, chairman of the Municipal Council,
: (...) presented the Queen with a superb
: chain of pearl fabric, ornated with
: brilliants and turquoises. Turquoises have
: been chosen because they are the gemstones
: which Queen Maud favours most. The chain is
: enclosed in a box of red morocco with the
: coat-of-arms of the City of Paris."
: Le Petit Parisien , 29th May 1907:
: "[In the Hall of Arcades of the City
: Hall] are displayed, on a table covered by
: a garnet-red blanket, the gifts of the
: municipality to the King and Queen of
: Norway: a golden medal with the inscription:
: The City of Paris
: to H. M. Haakon VII
: King of Norway
: 28th May 1907
: and a sautoir chain studded with pearls and
: turquoises. The latter are the Queen’s
: favourite gemstones.
: Queen Maud, who looks delighted and
: impressed, takes her spectacles and,
: admiring the jewel, cordially thanks the
: chairman of the Municipal Council: "It
: is magnificent, she said. I will always wear
: it." "
: Gil Blas , 29th May 1907:
: " Mr André Lefèvre then presents the
: Queen, as a token of her visit, a
: magnificent fabric sautoir of pearls,
: brilliants and turquoises, enclosed in a box
: bearing the following inscription: “To Her
: Majesty the Queen of Norway, 28th May 1907”
: La Lanterne , 30th May 1907:
: " During the visit, a golden medal is
: presented to the King (...) then a superb
: chain of pearl fabric ornated with
: brilliants and turquoises is presented to
: Queen Maud. The chain is enclosed in a box
: of red morocco with the coat-of-arms of the
: City of Paris. "
: L’Aurore , 29th May 1907:
: "(...) after a quick lunch, Mr André
: Lefèvre asked the King to sign the golden
: book of the Municipality, and presented the
: Queen, who showed how deeply moved she was,
: a sautoir formed of four rows of pearls,
: enhanced with turquoises and brilliants.
: Le Matin , 29th May 1907:
: " The royal guests are then asked to
: sign, along with the president of the
: Republic, the golden book of the
: municipality. An admirable bouquet of
: carnations, her favourite flowers, is
: presented to the charming Queen, whose
: emotion almost goes to tears when the
: chairman of the Municipal Council offers
: her, in a superb box, a chain of four rows
: of pearls with brilliants and turquoises.
: Turquoise is the stone of predilection for
: the Queen. She warmly shakes the hand of the
: chairman of the Municipal Council and of the
: Prefect of the Seine and keeps repeating:
: - It is fine! It is magnificent! "
: And in the same paper, on the same day, but
: in a separate article:
: " At the City Hall, a delicate surprise
: awaited the Queen of Norway yesterday. The
: City of Paris, mindful about the Queen’s
: personal tastes, had the clever idea to
: offer to Her Majesty a ribbon of pearls and
: diamonds ornated with turquoises, her
: favourite stones, and which Cartier had
: specially made. "
: From all these articles, we can draw several
: - the necklace presented by the City of
: Paris to Queen Maud in 1907 includes not
: only turquoises and diamonds, but also
: pearls. It even seems that pearls are
: actually the main elements of the necklace
: (turquoises and diamonds being
: "just" ornamental elements on the
: pearl structure). Therefore, we can conclude
: that this is NOT the turquoise and diamond
: cluster necklace which is usually worn by
: Princess Astrid, nor the other turquoise
: necklace (the one matching with a pair of
: bracelets) also worn by Princess Astrid, as
: none of this two necklaces includes pearls:
: - the necklace is described in several
: articles as a "sautoir", which I
: understand as a rather long necklace, and
: not a neck-close one
: - the necklace is described in several
: articles as having "four rows" of
: pearls, but also, more strangely, as being
: made of "pearl fabric" ("
: tissu de perles "). My understanding of
: this expression is that the necklace could
: consist of small pearls sewed very closely
: to each other, which could give the visual
: impression of a piece of fabric (but this is
: only a suggestion, not a certainty...).
: - the sautoir was made by Cartier.
: I have found, so far, hardly any picture of
: Queen Maud, or any other Norwegian royal
: lady, wearing a necklace which could match
: these elements of description. The only one
: is this picture of Queen Maud, wearing on
: her right side (left for us) a kind of
: necklace which could possibly be the City
: of Paris necklace – but I admit the picture
: is of too poor quality to be sure...
: There is also this picture of Queen Maud
: wearing a choker made of four rows of
: pearls, with what looks like small diamond
: spacers. But no turquoise in view, and this
: necklace can not really be described as a
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