05 July 2012

The Emerald Tassel Parure

The Emerald Tassel Parure
It's well known that some of the wealthier Middle Eastern monarchs are in the habit of giving lavish gifts of jewels to other heads of state and royals. There are several jewels in the Queen's collection that have no confirmed provenance but are suspected to have been gifts from these monarchs because they have a certain modern look established by the favored jewelers of these wealthy monarchies. This parure (matching set) of emeralds and diamonds is thought to have been one such gift.
Necklace, earrings, and bracelet; the ring can be seen in the top photo on the Queen's left hand
The set includes earrings, a necklace, a bracelet, and at least one ring (seen on her hand above; she has also worn a second emerald ring with this set which does not appear to share the same design characteristics). The necklace and earrings incorporate diamonds and emeralds set in gold in a design of knots and tassels with emerald ends. One possible suspect for the provenance of these pieces is Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates; pieces of the parure were worn at the return dinner he held at Claridge's during his July 1989 state visit to the U.K., and the Queen has a history of wearing gifts or otherwise related jewels at return dinners. This, however, is not confirmed.

5 July 2012: Order of the Thistle Service
2011: State Visit from the United States, Return Banquet