14 May 2015

The Duchess of Cornwall's Four Strand Pearl Chokers with Diamond Clasps

Since pearl chokers with bejeweled clasps are one of her signature jewels, it's no surprise that The Duchess of Cornwall has more than one version with an all diamond clasp. We have seen two such necklaces on her to date:

Small Diamond Clasp 
The first and most frequently seen of the two, this choker has a diamond clasp one central round diamond surrounded by three rows of diamonds. The design has a lot of dimension when viewed from the side, and the four rows of pearls have a loose fit, sometimes appearing a little jumbled up in use.
Photo: UK in France, via CC BY-ND 2.0
The Duchess has been wearing this necklace since early 2010 at least, and it has become a favorite over the years. It was her most worn pearl choker and a frequent pick for day-to-day events, although at the moment the larger clasp necklace below has taken over the top popularity spot.

Large Diamond Clasp 
The second option features a larger diamond clasp, with a more intricate design that radiates from the largest central diamond. The four rows of pearls fit more tightly to the neck than the smaller version does, and each row has a smaller pearl just before the clasp.
Photo: UK Parliament, via CC BY-NC 2.0
The Duchess debuted this necklace while visiting Norway in 2012, during a tour of Scandinavia with The Prince of Wales for the Diamond Jubilee. Since then, she's continued to use the necklace regularly for events with a higher profile, such as tiara events or day events like the Diamond Jubilee Thames pageant and the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Recently, we've seen this necklace appear more often, which I always appreciate as it is definitely my favorite of the two.

Appearances (Large Version):
13 November 2016: Remembrance Sunday
12 November 2016: Festival of Remembrance
1 November 2016: State Visit from Colombia, State Banquet
27 October 2016: Visit to Poundbury
25 October 2016: Presentation of the Man Booker Prize
1 July 2016: Battle of the Somme Commemorations
18 June 2016: Royal Ascot, Day 5 
17 June 2016: Royal Ascot, Day 4
11 June 2016: Trooping the Colour
28 May 2016: Wedding of Lady Charlotte Wellesley and Alejandro Santo Domingo
19 May 2016: Buckingham Palace Garden Party
18 May 2016: State Opening of Parliament
10 May 2016: Service for the VC & GC Association 
3 May 2016: Geoffrey Howe Memorial Service
23 April 2016: 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare
18 March 2016: Visit to Montenegro
16 March 2016: Visit to Serbia
24 February 2016: Friends of the National Libraries Reception
23 February 2016: Queens Gate School Visit
28 January 2016: Wilton's Music Hall Opening
25 December 2015: Christmas Service
17 December 2015: London International Horse Show
27 November 2015: Visit to Malta, Day 2
11 November 2015: Visit to Australia, Remembrance Day
15 October 2015: British Equestrian Federation Reception

Appearances (Small Version):
6 September 2016: Battle of Britain Fighter Association Tea and 500th Anniversary of the Royal Mail
12 July 2016: National Osteoporosis Society Garden Party
15 June 2016: Royal Ascot, Day 2
13 June 2016: Garter Day
10 June 2016: The Queen's 90th Birthday Service
7 June 2016: Visit to Wales 
4 May 2016: Visit to Canada House, London
16 December 2015: Buckingham Palace Family Christmas Luncheon
8 November 2015: Visit to New Zealand
4 November 2015: Visit to New Zealand
15 July 2015: St. Peter's Eaton School Visit
16 June 2015: Royal Ascot, Day 1
21 May 2015: Visit to Northern Ireland
9 November 2014: Remembrance Sunday
10 December 2013: Barnardo's Headquarters Opening 

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