Tuesday’s Royal Trinket: Princess Margaret’s Aquamarine and Diamond Cluster Ring

Christie’s

Princess Margaret’s Aquamarine and Diamond Cluster Ring was sold by Christie’s in 2006. The fairly large aquamarine is set in gold and surrounded by twelve brilliant-cut diamonds. I hope whoever bought this ring wears it often because it is stunning and perfect.

You can find the other items of Princess Margaret’s auction sale over at Christie’s.

Thanks for stopping by on this sunny (at least in my neck of the woods) Tuesday. Have a great day!

Royal Links of Note

© Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court of Sweden. Princess Madeleine, youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, is wearing the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik.

Happy Friday!

Let’s discuss a few royal links of note on this beautiful Friday.

The Imperial Emerald of Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia. – We’ve already chatted on the blog about the jewels of Maria Pavlovna (Grand Duchess Vladimir) so you may be interested to read that in 2019 Christie’s sold one of her emeralds for a price that far exceeded the estimate. I hope the lucky buyer wears the jewel often!

An Impressive Diamond Stomacher Brooch. – This week we learned about Empress Eugénie’s elegant 19th century Diamond Bow Brooch. If you are in need of more brooch love, then check out this massive stomacher made by Maison Mellerio and exhibited at the World Exhibition held in London in 1862.

The Glamorous World of a Dazzling Dynasty. – Remember when we chatted about the upcoming Mountbatten auction at Sotheby’s? Well, Sotheby’s just released an amazing video about the family and the heirlooms that are up for auction.

Wedding of Grand Duke George set for 1 October, 2021 in St. Petersburg. – Mark your calendars for an imperial wedding this October.

Free to Use and Reuse: Genealogy. – Not royalty related, but in my quest to figure out some royal family trees, I stumbled across free genealogy resources at the US Library of Congress. Perhaps they’ll be useful for you!

I hope you have a sparkling weekend!

Empress Alexandra’s Siberian Aquamarine Brooch

Image from Stefano Papi’s book, Jewels of the Romanovs.

What better way to begin March than by talking about aquamarines!

Today’s aquamarine is a beautiful brooch of imperial provenance. The Siberian Aquamarine Brooch (seen above) is set in an intricate border with a diamond-set trellis motif. It was made by Fabergé’s workmaster Henrik Wigström.

The aquamarine has a happy beginning but ends with a tragedy. The brooch was purchased by Tsar Nicholas II as an engagement present for his bride, Alix of Hesse, in 1894. It cost 1,100 roubles and was one of her many engagement gifts.

Wikimedia Commons. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (Alix of Hesse).

Alexandra must have loved the brooch dearly because she took it with her when she, along with her husband and children, was taken to The House of Special Purpose. The brooch must have brought her comfort and perhaps reminded her of happy memories. Alexandra was wearing the jewel up until the minute she was murdered.

The Bolsheviks sold the brooch. Today the jewel is owned by Wartski.

Sources

Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court by Stefano Papi

Wartski: The First One Hundred and Fifty Years by Geoffrey C. Munn