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Delhi Durbar Necklace and Cullinan VII Pendant c.1911

Diamonds, emeralds, platinum, gold | 46 cm (Length) (length) | RCIN 200134

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The spectacular Delhi Durbar necklace incorporates nine emeralds originally owned by Queen Mary’s grandmother, the Duchess of Cambridge, as well as an 8.8 carat diamond pendant cut from the Cullinan diamond – the largest diamond ever found. The necklace was made for Queen Mary as part of a parure (suite) of jewellery created for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Her Majesty The Queen inherited the necklace in 1953 and wore it in a portrait sitting for Dorothy Wilding in 1956  thought to have been their last sitting together before Wilding’s retirement in 1958.