emerald brooch

anonymous asked:

please tell us about the tiaras sold by the cholmondeley family !

This necklace, with a long royal pedigree, belonged to the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. It was sold at Christies, you can read about the necklace here. This is the second time the necklace went up for sale. Below are pictures from the first auction. 

As you can see the necklace was originally part of a parure given to Princess Hélène d’Orléans (1871-1951). It was a wedding gift from her Godfather, Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale. At some point the parure was acquired by Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley (1894-1989). She had quite the jewel collection, including some French Crown Jewels.

The pictures above are of the French sapphire parure that the Marchioness of Cholmondeley wore to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. She later sold the parure in the 70′s. After that the tiara, necklace, and earrings were separated. 

That’s I’ll I’ve been able to find so far.

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4]


The Queen’s Emerald Brooches

  1. Scroll Cambridge Emerald and the Round Cambridge Emerald - These two brooches are called fraternal twins and Part of Queen Mary’s Cambridge Emerald collection. The round has a cabochon cut emerald with a suspended emerald pendant, The scroll was used in Queen Mary’s stomacher.
  2. Delhi Carved Emerald - A large carved emerald, hexagon shaped with one side a rose, the other a plant. Surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds. Given to Queen Mary by the Ladies of India at the Delhi Durbar, 1911. Queen Elizabeth II has only been seen wearing this in public recent years starting in 2013
  3. Emerald and Diamond Sarpech - 1st seen on Her Majesty in 2013 Royal Ascot, it was reportedly sold at Christie’s in 2011 for $65,643. With a 1920s Art Deco design this brooch is named a Sarpech due to the curved central shape being an Indian inspiration.

Brooches from Van Cleef & Arpels’ Peau d’Âne collection, inspired by Jacques Demy’s 1970 musical Peau d’Âne (Donkey Skin, bottom two photos). From top:

  • Robe Couleur du Soleil (Dress the Color of the Sun), set with diamonds, spessartite garnets, tourmalines, and sapphires
  • Robe Couleur de la Lune (Dress the Color of the Moon), set with diamonds, sapphires, spinels, and tanzanites
  • Prince, set with diamonds, sapphires, coral, and emeralds
  • Peau d'Âne, set with diamonds
  • Robe Couleur du Temps (Dress the Color of Time), set with diamonds, turquoise, Paraiba tourmalines, and garnets
  • Fée des Etoiles (Fairy of the Stars), set with diamonds, sapphires, spinels, and tanzanites.
  • Have no fear, my lord, Tyrion thought, it’s not the Wall I have in mind for you. He seated himself in a high chair piled with cushions and said, “You look very elegant today, my lord.”“I’m wounded. I strive to look elegant every day.”
  • Lord Petyr sauntered into the solar as if nothing had gone amiss that morning. He wore a slashed velvet doublet in cream-and-silver, a grey silk cloak trimmed with black fox, and his customary mocking smile.
  • Lord Petyr was clad in a blue velvet tunic with puffed sleeves, his silvery cape patterned with mockingbirds. “I suppose congratulations are in order,” he said as he seated himself.
  • Lord Petyr was seated on his window seat, languid and elegant in a plush plum-colored doublet and a yellow satin cape, one gloved hand resting on his knee. “The king is fighting hares with a crossbow,” he said. “The hares are winning. Come see.”
  • Littlefinger took a moment to adjust the drape of his cape, but Tyrion had seen the flash of hunger in those sly cat’s eyes.
  • Littlefinger came calling an hour after the Grand Maester had left, clad in a plum-colored doublet with a mockingbird embroidered on the breast in black thread, and a striped cloak of black and white. 
  • When the herald called, “Lord Petyr Baelish,” he came forth dressed all in shades of rose and plum, his cloak patterned with mockingbirds. She could see him smiling as he knelt before the Iron Throne
  • Petyr welcomed his visitors in a black velvet doublet with grey sleeves that matched his woolen breeches and lent a certain darkness to his grey-green eyes. 

-Petyr Baelish, fashionista

Bonus: “A poor copy,” Renly said with a shrug.“Though much better dressed,” Littlefinger quipped. “Lord Renly spends more on clothing than half the ladies of the court."It was true enough. Lord Renly was in dark green velvet, with a dozen golden stags embroidered on his doublet. A cloth-of-gold half cape was draped casually across one shoulder, fastened with an emerald brooch. "There are worse crimes,” Renly said with a laugh. “The way you dress, for one.”