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The celebrated Mountbatten necklace in emeralds and diamonds, Edwina, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma wore this elegant necklace at the Coronation of Queen Elisabeth II in 1953. This necklace was made by Boucheron, Paris in the early 1950s. The nine step-cut emeralds are oblong-shaped with cut corners, suspended as pendant drops from a diamond collar composed of interlaced, undulating sections of circular- and baguette-cut diamonds, the whole graduating from the centre.
Previously undiscovered photo of undocumented Russian Crown Jewels were recently discovered in the USGS library. The photo appear in a 1922 album called “Russian Diamond Fund,” that was uncovered in the rare book room of the library. This brooch was one of the four undocumented jewels. Photo courtesy of USGS.
Created by Theodore Fester in 1855, the gold-and-silver-setting rose has about 250 carats of diamonds and was created for Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, Napoleon's niece. She owned one of Paris' most distinguished literary and artistic salons. When she died in 1904, the piece was auctioned and eventually sold by Cartier to Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III, of the railroad Vanderbilts, who wore it at the waist or bodice for portraits and other formal occasions in her role as “Queen of Society.”