Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thirties Thursday

This post was first published on April 21, 2010.

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor have fascinated me for years. Was theirs a love story? A tragedy? Giving my thoughts on that would be a very long post in itself - and one I'm not sure too many of you would be interested in!

Regardless, the Duke showered his lady-love with jewels, starting when he was the Prince of Wales, continuing on when he was King Edward VIII, and then during their more than 30 year-long marriage as Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Feast your eyes on a few examples.

This diamond and emerald bracelet is circa 1935.

The Duchess's engagement ring with a 19.77 carat emerald. The band was engraved "We are now ours" and the date October 27, 1936 - the day of her divorce hearing. "WE" was their way of describing their union - taking the first letter from both their first names.

They were married in France on June 3, 1937. This pearl necklace and earrings set were a wedding present sent by the Duke's mother, Queen Mary. The Duchess and the Queen never met. The Duke bought the pearl pendant later, which the Duchess usually wore attached to the necklace.

In 1940, the Duke had Cartier create this flamingo brooch.

This 206.82 carat sapphire pendent is another Cartier creation requested by the Duke in 1951.
The Duke died in 1972, the Duchess in 1986. They are buried side by side at Frogmore, in the grounds of Windsor Castle. As stipulated in her will, all her jewelry was sold at auction with the proceeds going to a French hospital.


  1. Awesome jewels. Pity their love story is so seeped in mystery.
    Thank you for re-posting. And Merry Christmas

  2. Cool story. I'm going to read more about their history.

  3. Elspeth - Such gorgeous jewelry! And I find myself so fascinated by their love story. For some reason, it's one of those stories that just captures the imagination...

  4. It certainly has always struck me as a very romantic story: Prince and future king abdicates for love. Can't beat that for a plot starter! :-)

  5. Very cool - I like the money for the jewelry going to a hospital!

  6. I wonder who ended up with the flamingo? One likes to know.
    Have a wonderful holiday, Elspeth!

  7. Gorgeous jewelry. My sister-in-law is into emeralds; don't think anything she has comes close!

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    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery


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