Today marks The Duchess of Cornwall’s 73rd birthday, and what better way to celebrate than looking at one of her most outrageously beautiful necklaces? This is a ruby and diamond filigree multi-strand necklace, which is part of demi-parure, consisting of a necklace, earrings and bracelet.
This four strand necklace showcases filigree diamonds, combined with 18 pear-cut rubies. The largest four sit in the centre, halo set with diamond frames, linked from the bottom to the top.
The earrings and a bracelet mimic the design, specifically with the cut of the rubies.
Both FHMJV and the Court Jeweller believe that this demi-parure was a gift from Middle Eastern Royalty, possibly the late Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who was King of Saudi Arabia. The opulence of the set matches that often seen in royal gifts from these parts.
In 2013, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also visited Saudi Arabia. Their official gift list includes a ‘parure’ from the Saudi King, but no further details.
As official gifts, the jewellery is not Camilla’s private property; received them in an official capacity and while she can use the jewellery during her lifetime, and she actually looks after them on behalf of The Queen, in right of the Crown.
Official gifts from tours and visits will then be returned to the current monarch, after the recipients’ death, and are generally be considered part of the Royal Collection.