Princess Margaret’s Turquoise Parure

Today marks the Anniversary of the Death of Princess Margaret, the Queen’s late sister, who died on this day in 2002. As one of the leading members of the Royal Family for her entire life, the late Princess had a huge jewelry collection, including today’s Turquoise Parure!

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Featuring diamonds and large Persian Turquoises, the Parure features a tiara, necklace, brooch, and earrings, which were bought by Queen Mary from Garrard and presented as a wedding gift to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923. The Duchess of York wore the Turquoise Parure often during the 1920s and 1930s, as her most substantial jewels, not only as a complete Parure but also using the individual elements, though the jewels from the Parure weren’t publicly worn after her husband’s accession to the Throne in 1937.

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In 1951, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother gave her Turquoise Parure to her younger daughter, Princess Margaret as a 21st Birthday gift and she wore the jewels the following year at one of her first events after her fathers death, and in some official portrait.

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The Turquoise Parure continued to be one of Princess Margaret’s most substantial jewels and continued to be worn after her marriage and well into the following decades, though it was never a favourite like the Poltimore Tiara. The Parure was not sold in the famous auction after her death and reportedly is in the possession of her son and daughter-in-law, the Earl and Countess of Snowdon. Let’s hope we see the magnificent jewels again soon.