FA­MOUS FANS

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

From the wives of wealthy Amer­i­can in­dus­tri­al­ists to Pun­jabi princelings and many a queen in between, Boucheron’s bril­liant de­signs have a global fol­low­ing

Mary-louise Mackay In 1878, Mary-louise Mackay, the wife of an Amer­i­can in­dus­tri­al­ist, placed one of the most fa­mous or­ders in the his­tory of jew­ellery­mak­ing at Boucheron Paris. A two-tier neck­lace made of di­a­monds and sap­phires, it boasts a cen­tral sap­phire from Kash­mir that weighs 159 carats. Known to­day quite sim­ply as the Boucheron Neck­lace, it is so grand and dra­matic, it really should find a home next to the Crown Jew­els in the Tower of Lon­don. Queen el­iz­a­beth, The Queen Mother Which brings us nicely to the late Queen Mother, who wasn’t sent to the Tower but who was left an ex­tra­or­di­nary col­lec­tion of jew­ellery by Mrs Ron­ald Gre­ville in 1942. Gre­ville was fa­mous for her in­cred­i­ble stones—and was known to shame so­ci­ety women in Lon­don for their in­fe­rior gems. Her be­quest to the queen in­cluded three pieces by Boucheron: a spec­tac­u­lar di­a­mond neck­lace, a valu­able pair of large pearl ear­rings, and a ban­deau tiara with an emer­ald of 93.7 carats glit­ter­ing at the cen­tre.

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