Re: Queen Mary and wearing sapphires when Duchess of York
Posted by Andrew on July 20, 2017, 11:38 pm, in reply to "Queen Mary and wearing sapphires when Duchess of York"
Very interesting Beth. I have always wondered about this necklace because, like you say, it is not in what was the style of the time. I, personally, never liked that shape of a necklace (high and tight on top and bib-like on bottom) but I know QM really liked it. It suited her neckline. Are there any jewelers' ledgers or articles regarding a purchase by QM for the Duchess? I have often been so curious to see what was worn and not seen by photographers. |
: I thought I would start a new thread to answer
: Kongetro's query
: Otherwise Kongetro's comment is likely to
: be lost in the other discussion.
: I think it is possible to read the newspaper
: report in 2 ways.
: First, that Queen Mary was wearing a dog
: collar made with pearls and sapphires.
: Secondly, that she wore a pearl dog collar
: with a necklace of sapphires underneath.
: Aberdeen Press and Journal 20 July 1899.
: I am not aware of any pearl dog collar which
: had sapphires in it, but the press report
: refers to a private dinner, and Queen Mary
: may have worn a jewel she did not wear on
: official occasions. The pearl dog collar I
: associate with Queen Mary (apart from her
: City of London wedding gift) is the one now
: worn by the Duchess of Gloucester.
: This photo and others from this sitting
: appear to have been taken in London for use
: to publicise the trip to Australia in 1901
: --so in the same era as the 1899 newspaper
: report. As we can see Queen Mary wore other
: necklaces beneath her pearl dog collar.
: Another image from the 1890s
: I have never been sure of what Queen Mary
: was wearing in this photo - from 1898 -- but
: I suspect the lower necklace would not be
: called a "dog collar".
: One thought which occurred to me is that
: perhaps Queen Mary may have worn her pearl
: dog collar plus the sapphire necklace which
: she gave to QEQM as a wedding gift. Her
: gifts to her other daughters-in-law included
: jewels which she had worn, and the necklace
: looked old fashioned in 1923. But I know
: that is pure speculation on my part.