The Festoon Necklace

Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian, Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library (public domain)

The Festoon necklace is “composed of 83 brilliants in cut-down collets, the three largest cushion-shaped, set as three graduated chains suspended from triangular clasps at either side, pave-set with a further 22 stones, and joined by a single back-chain with clasp; the individual collets with old spiral links, now fixed.”1

The Festoon necklace was commissioned by King George VI for his daughter, the then Princess Elizabeth, in 1950. It used 105 loose collets that the King had inherited. Queen Elizabeth II often wore the necklace with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara.

  1. The Queen’s Diamonds by Hugh Roberts p.292

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