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Amethyst, seed pearl and diamond parure
Comprising: a necklace of woven seed pearls, supporting a detachable pendant set with rose diamonds and a drop-shaped amethyst, length approximately 410mm, pendant may be worn as a brooch; a bracelet, inner circumference approximately 180mm; a pair of earrings, post and butterfly fittings; and a ring, size 451/2, accompanied by a photograph of Princess Victoria Luise of Prussia.
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Catalogue Note

Princess Victoria Louise was the only daughter of German Emperor Wilhelm II and Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein. Through her father, she was the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland (1819-1901). In 1913, Princess Victoria Louise married Prince Ernst Augustus of Hanover, becoming HRH Duchess of Brunswig, Luneburg, and Royal Princess of Great Britain and Ireland. The wedding was one of the last great social events of European royalty before the outbreak of World War One a year later. To mark the occasion, Emperor Wilhelm II commissioned the court jeweller, Koch, to make a tiara as a gift for his daughter, as she is seen wearing in the accompanying image, which has now become known as The Prussian Tiara and today is in the ownership of Queen Sofia of Spain.

Though unsigned, this suite displays the level of craftsmanship that could be attributed to Koch, who were highly fashionable German jewellers at the beginning of the 20th Century.

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