Large Sapphire Necklace Queen Marie of Romania|Art Deco Diamond Sautoir Cartier |Queen Mother Helene, Princess of Greece|Royal Jewel History
Queen Marie:... "Sitta war bezaubernd, in einem langen Satinkleid und mit einem wunderschönen Spitzenschleier mit Rüschen, angeboten von der Stadt Bukarest. Sie trug auch unsere Diamant-Tiara, die ihr Herz verzaubert, es ist definitiv das Beste Es war süß und süß, ruhig und gelassen, völlig anders als der Stil von Lissabon (genannt Elisabeth von Griechenland), weniger anmutig, weniger legendär, aber mit allem, was das Herz begehrt. . "
After the death of Queen Marie of Romania, in 1937, she left the sautoir and the magnificent large sapphire of 478ct to Crown Prince Michael of Romania, who became king in 1940, before being exiled by the communists seven years later.
On 17th November 1947, when the future Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip of Greece, Helena wore the diamond sautoir without the large sapphire, on the pre-wedding ball together with the greek key or meander diamond tiara. See in the picture above.
In June 1948 he married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma in Athens. The young bride wore the diamond sautoir over her wedding gown, without the fabulous sapphire.
After Queen Anne wore the Art Deco Sautoir without pendant, on her wedding day in Athens on 10 June 1948, it was forgotten in a box and nobody realized it was a costly item, once part of the famous large Sapphire Necklace of Queen Marie of Romania and worn on her coronation.
In his book about Cartier Hans Nadelhoffer says that the necklace has been dismantled in Paris. It too had been sold to finance the deposed king's first months in exhile. Possibly in 1947 when King Michael (grandson of Queen Marie) left Romania and was acquired by Harry Winston.
While the 478 carats sapphire was sold by Harry Winston, in the 60's to a greek collector who presented it to queen Frederika of Greece. The necklace was partly altered and the royal family might still retain a part of it which has been transformed into a bracelet.
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