The Duchess of Kent wearing the Cambridge Sapphire Parure, United Kingdom (from top, Tiara, Earrings, Necklace, Brooch; sapphires, diamonds). The tiara is shown here in it's original form. The Duchess had a second tiara made by taking the largest sapphire and diamond clusters from the long necklace and forming a button tiara set on a velvet band. Unfortunately, the Kents decided to sell parts of the parure for financial reasons. They sold this tiara (in a diamond prong design with sapphires…
HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, born Princess of Greece and Denmark, wore her most elegant Cambridge Sapphire Parure, formed by some of the most outstanding pieces in the British Royal Family. Left to Princess Marina by Queen Mary, the parure had originally belonged to Queen Mary’s grandmother, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The Romanovs had one of the most impressive jewellery collections of all times. None of the current Houses, not even the British one, can match the splendour of the Romanov Court. One of the most interesting and, unfortunately, mysterious parures belonged to Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, wife of Alexander III and mother of Nicholas II.
The Kent Sapphire Parure. // Top: Duchess wearing the parure - high profile tiara, with the low profile tiara worn as a necklace. // Middle: low profile tiara fashioned from pieces originally owned by Grand Duchess Augusta of Mecklenberg-Strelitz, Queen Mary's aunt. // Bottom : high profile tiara in necklace form.
"Brigitte Duchess of Gloucester my favorite royal in-law" According to the British Monarchy official site, it's Birgitte, not Brigitte. Shows up incorrectly about 3/4 of the time. http://www.royal.gov.uk/ThecurrentRoyalFamily/TheDuchessofGloucester/The%20Duchess%20of%20Gloucester.aspx
he Duchess of Cambridge's Pendant Brooch. A baroque pearl in a diamond set mount hangs from a diamond pendant below a large round pearl framed by fourteen brilliant cut diamonds. The Brooch belonged to Queen Mary's grandmother, Princess Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge. It was inherited by her younger daughter, Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck. She died intestate in 1897 and her jewelry were divided among her four children, this brooch being part of Queen Mary's portion.