09 May 2012

Queen Mary’s Chain-Link Bracelets

Queen Mary's Chain-Link Bracelet (1 of 2)
The Queen’s collection of diamond bracelets includes a set of two matching bracelets composed of chain links between diamond plaques which came from Queen Mary’s stash. Mary bought the first from Garrard in 1932, and then had a matching one made three years later to hold a 9.75 carat diamond from the Premier Mines given to her during a visit to South Africa. The bracelets were made to join together to create a choker. They are nearly identical, one having a larger plaque for the South African diamond.
Left to Right: Queen Mary wearing both as a choker and then one as a bracelet, Queen Elizabeth II wearing one on her right wrist
The Queen inherited the bracelets from her grandmother in 1953, and she wears them regularly – though she does not use them in choker fashion. She generally wears only one, typically on her right wrist while her left holds an evening watch.

Appearances:
9 May 2012: State Opening of Parliament
17 February 2012: New Zealand Diamond Jubilee Portrait 
2011: State Visit from Turkey, State Banquet 
2010: Visit to Canada  
2006: Order of the Bath Service 
2005: State Visit from China
1978: State Visit to Germany
1967: Visit to Malta