Edited by Knightship on July 7, 2017, 10:08 am
I think the main reason why several pieces are "missing" is that they went to the late Princess Ragnhild. She was only seen in public with two different tiaras after 1968 when Harald married Sonja and the jewels were divided between Ragnhild, Astrid and Sonja. Since Ragnhild moved and settled in Brazil in 1953 she didn't attend many public events, but I'm convinced she inherited many of the "missing" pieces. It is very unlikely that Ragnhild only got two tiaras while Sonja and Astrid each got five. It still remains to be seen if any of Ragnhild's jewels will return to the main line.
BTW: I do think Beth's photo of the sautoir is a match with princess Astrid's necklace & two bracelets. The diamond elements between the turquoise and pearl rows match and there are two different sizes of the turquoise stone, just like Astrid's bracelets and pendant.
: Wow! Amazing! Great, great find, Beth! Thank
: you sooo much!
: It matches perfectly with the description
: given by the French press in 1907 (except
: the four rows of pearls, which seem to be
: actually five).
: I don't think the turquoise and diamond
: elements of this sautoir match with the
: turquoise necklaces worn nowadays by
: Princess Astrid of Norway: neither the
: cluster necklace, of course, which is a
: wedding gift and has a totally different
: design, nor the necklace of the turquoise
: and diamond necklace/bracelets set.
: I know that long sautoirs went out of
: fashion after the Art Déco wave, but it is a
: pity that this necklace was never seen on
: the Norwegian royal ladies - except possibly
: on Queen Maud at the Opera (with the Duchess
: of York, later Queen Elizabeth the Queen
: Mother, and Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, later
: King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden - picture
: posted by Beth earlier in this thread).
: Which leads me to raise a question of which
: I am sure none of us has the answer. We know
: that Queen Maud took her jewels with her
: when she made her annual stay in Britain,
: and that her jewels were in Britain when she
: died in London in 1938, and remained there
: throughout the WW2 years, until after Queen
: Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953, when they
: were taken back to Norway. Could it be
: possible that King Haakon VII or Crown
: Prince Olav had to sell some of their late
: wife's/mother's heirlooms during the WW2
: years, to find financial resources to pay
: their expenses in exile? Which would explain
: why some jewels seen on Queen Maud were
: never seen later (including, possibly, the
: City of Paris' sautoir)...
: I know, this is very much speculation...
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