23 January 2013

The Diamond Pear-Shaped Pendant Fringe Necklace

The Diamond Pear-Shaped Pendant Fringe Necklace
Another fringe or sun ray style necklace in the Queen's collection is this diamond gem. Each "fringe" includes brilliants and marquise diamonds with a pear-shaped pendant at the end. The provenance of this one - as far as I am aware - is unknown; she's been wearing it since at least the early 2000s (if not longer) and it has had several outings in recent years.
Because of the unknown story of this piece, I'm using a purely generic name here. But in my own head, I have been known to refer to it as the Not Khalid Necklace - it bears a striking resemblance to the King Khalid Diamond Necklace, and the two are easy to confuse at first glance. The biggest difference is the length of the fringes; this necklace has fringes of even length, while the Khalid necklace features fringes that alternate between long and short lengths. (Personally, I prefer the Khalid necklace. The variation in fringe length really adds interest to the piece.)

Appearances:
2011: State Visit to Ireland, State Dinner
2006: 80th Birthday Dinner

Photos: Getty Images/Corbis