PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
GARRARD & CO. | ANTIQUE DIAMOND AND ENAMEL BRACELET Garrard & Co. | 古董 鑽石 配 琺瑯彩 手鏈
PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
GARRARD & CO. | ANTIQUE DIAMOND AND ENAMEL BRACELET
Garrard & Co. | 古董 鑽石 配 琺瑯彩 手鏈
Set with rose- and old-mine-cut diamond floral clusters, to the blue enamel and rose-cut diamond-set links, mounted in yellow gold and silver, inner circumference approximately 140mm, bracelet is expandable, numbered, British Victorian registration mark for 1st November 1842, case stamped Garrard & Co.
Accompanied by Certificate of Provenance from Kensington Palace, dated 13 June 2006, with images of H.R.H. The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon wearing her antique diamond and enamel bracelet, received by her as a 21st Birthday gift.
Bracelet unsigned. With British Victorian registration mark for 1st November 1842, numbered 21, and royal monogram of princess Margaret. Accompanied by Certificate of Provenance from Kensington Palace, dated 13 June 2006.
Mounting possibly silver and gold. Enamel are in very good condition, a few minor chips and one minor loss of enamel. Twenty old-mine-cut diamonds estimated to weigh approximately 3.80-4.00 carats in total, are mainly about H-I colour, VS-SI clarity, as gauged and graded in the mount. Rose-cut diamonds are bright and lively.
Signs of normal wear and aging to the metal commensurate with age. Overall in very good condition. Case stamped Garrard & Co.
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PRINCESS MARGARET, COUNTESS OF SNOWDON
Diamond jewels have been closely related to the royalty of the world for thousands of years, serving as an unmistakable symbol of power, wealth and sovereignty. The jewels owned by the British monarchy throughout four hundred years of its continuation includes more than a thousand pieces of historically significant jewels, worn by seven generations of queens.
Princess Margaret was born on the 21st of August 1930 as the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, as the only sibling and the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II. She was well known for her beauty with a great sense of style, which was reflected in her personal collections of jewels throughout her life. Princess Margaret was fond of diamond jewels and several had originally belonged to her grandmother, Queen Mary. Queen Mary had a love and appreciation for jewels and she would wear a tiara and evening gown every night for dinner, even when it was just her and the King, George V, dining together.
When she turned twenty-one, she was gifted the antique diamond bracelet of Lot 1688 together with other fabulous jewels. She was spotted wearing the bracelet many times in public as illustrated in the photographs, indicating her affinity for the piece. Later in life Princess Margaret re-mounted some of her older jewels into modern designs, just as Queen Victoria had done in the past. However, this diamond bracelet was thankfully kept in its original antique setting.
Celebrated for her style and timeless elegance, Princess Margaret combined jewels and fashion to create iconic looks in her time. Famous as one of the most stylish icons of the royals, she revolutionized the way in which the royal dress code would be since accepted. She led a vibrant social life, and many of her adornments were highly sought after as she set trends through her aesthetics. Lot 1688 is a unique bracelet from the late 19th century, engraved ‘21’ to signify Princess Margaret’s age at the time of celebration.
Quote from Mr. Paul Burrell, RVM, Former Royal Butler
“Having known Princess Margaret for over 21 years, I can safely say that Princess Margarey adored clothes and jewellery. Whenever she dressed, whether for public duties or private occasions, she did so in a flamboyant and colourful manner. This bracelet, gifted to her on her 21st birthday, reflects her unique style, as she was seen on many occasions wearing it throughout her life.
Her jewellery collection was magnificent and contained many private and personal gifts from her family and friends. Anyone lucky enough to own a piece of her jewellery would be investing in a piece of royal history.”