Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Focus on... Camilla's Jewels: The Diamond Serpent Necklace

One of the Duchess of Cornwall’s signature jewels is her diamond serpent necklace.
The Diamond Serpent Necklace
The necklace consists of round and square-cut diamonds that adorn the serpent’s body, set in a platinum frame. The head of the snake is decked with smaller round diamonds, with two tiny rubies for the eyes. The Serpent Necklace is purported to be a gift from the Prince of Wales, presented before their wedding. Camilla has been wearing the necklace since at least 2001
Camilla wearing the serpent necklace for the Norwegian State Banquet in 2005 (left), Fashion Rocks party in 2003 (middle), and the premiere of "The Chronicles of Narnia" The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" in 2005 (right)
Camilla has worn this necklace to most of her evening engagements, and quite a few daytime ones too. The most memorable event the snake necklace was worn to is perhaps the state banquet in honour of the Norwegian state visit to the UK in 2005 – the Duchess’s very first tiara event since her marriage. Back then, Camilla paired the necklace with the magnificent Delhi Durbar Tiara and family heirloom diamond earrings.
Camilla wearing the serpent necklace during official visit to Egypt in 2006 (left),  gala dinner at Waddesdon Manor in 2001 (middle), and 3-D screeing of "Hugo" in 2011 (right)
Other notable occasions Her Royal Highness opted to wear the serpent necklace to include charity “Fashion Rocks” party in 2003, similar charity “Fashion Rocks” concert and dinner in 2005, while on official visit to the United States in 2005, during official visit to Egypt in 2006, a gala dinner at Waddesdon Manor in 2001, a charity Anna Valentine fashion show 2010, official visit to Tanzania in 2011, and 3-D screening of “Hugo” in 2011.
Details of the Serpent Necklace
Remember, the latest instalment of the "Jewels of the Week" series is dedicated to the Duchess of Cornwall’s jewellery collection. You can always check out jewels already covered here.

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