Personally I do not think any gems were sold...remodelled yes... sold no AND I seem to remember seeing a pic of Princess Martha wearing the turquoise necklace( now worn by her daughter Astrid)at the christening of one of her children (perhaps Harald) maybe a gift from a proud mother-in-law on the birth of a heir...
: The very extensive biography of King Haakon
: and Queen Maud by Tor Bomann-Larsen doesn't
: mention any such jewelry sale.
: 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.
: --Previous Message--
: 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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