|King Faisal of Saudi Arabia Necklace|
The necklace consists of a base of baguettes. From the front half of the base hangs a combination of pear-shaped drops, smaller baguettes and brilliants. In total, the necklace includes 11 pear-shaped drops, 91 brilliants and 254 baguettes, with a total weigh of almost 84 carats.
One of the reasons this necklace is fairly well-known is because its provenance is established (confirmed in Hugh Roberts’ “The Queen’s Diamonds”) and Her Majesty has worn it quite often since receiving it in 1967.
|The Queen wearing King Faisal Necklace with Girls of Great Britain Tiara (left), Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara (middle) and no tiara (right)|
Another reason for its recognisability is due to the fact that this is one of the few “heavy gun” pieces that the Queen has loaned to her daughters-in-law, namely to the Princess of Wales in 1983 and the Countess of Wessex in 2012.
Sophie wore it for pre-wedding gala dinner of Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy. Incidentally, on the same occasion Sophie debuted another jewel from the Queen’s collection which was believed to had been dismantled altogether – the Smaller Aquamarine Tiara.
|The Princess of Wales (left) and the Countess of Wessex (right) wearing the King Faisal Necklace|
This is a lovely necklace and a beautiful example of Harry Winston’s craftsmanship. I rather like the way diamonds of different shapes and sizes are combined in a very harmonious setting.
Have a look at the other four necklaces in this series:
King Fahd Diamond Necklace
Information and Photo Credit: Hugh Roberts' "The Queen's Diamonds", Leslie Fields' "The Queen's Jewels", The Royal Collection.