Königin Alexandra's Diamant besetztes Saphir Halsband. Die Tochter der Königin, die Herzogin von Fife, erhielt das Halsband nach dem Tod ihrer Mutter und vermachte es wiederum ihrer Tochter Lady Maud Duff-Carnegie, Gräfin von Southesk deren Nachlass 1946 versteigert wurde.
1939 trägt Lady Maud, den Choker auf einem Ball im Ritz in London, oben im Bild.
Das Collier mit den Saphiren wurde erneut im 1986 versteigert für $825 000.
The fine sapphire and diamond collar was composed of eight cabochon sapphires of fine colour with single row diamond borders in the form of oval clusters and held by diamond panels of twisted bar design, the centre formed of three single diamonds set vertically.
Seven sapphires of 8.86cts, 7.23cts, 8.06cts, 13.60cts, 13,59cts, 12.45cts, and 8.64cts are of Kashmir origin, and the 5.33 cts. sapphire in the extension is of Cambodian origin. It was made by Bolin, St Petersburg.
In 1939 the Countess of Southesk, the former Princess Maud, attended the Russian Ball in London. On this occasion she wore the famous collar of her grandmother Queen Alexandra, which had been a silver wedding present from her sister the Czarina of Russia and the Czar of Russia.
Queen Alexandra bequeathed the collar to her daughter the Duchess of Fife, after her death in 1925. It was later sold at auction in 1946 for £4900.
Sources:Christie,Manson & Woods Ltd;The Tatler;