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Fake Jewels in the British Royal Family

While the Queen and the Queen Mother probably never touched a fake diamond in their lives, is a lot of the glitter of other members of the royal family mostly good copies of real jewels?

DL's own Princess Michael of Kent wears two tiaras that belonged to her mother-in-law Princess Marina, it seems to be common knowledge that many of the diamonds have been replaced by paste and the real stones sold to help support the Michaels' luxurious lifestyle.

Except for a few wedding gifts, most of Diana's stuff was thought to be fake, particularly the pearls she wore, the only real pearls being in the Cambridge Pearl Drop tiara that came from the Queen and that Kate now wears. The remainder of Diana's pearls were not real. A former employee wrote that Diana received lots of fake jewels from Charles while he gave the real deal to Camilla which would send Diana into frequent tirades.

There was a rumor that the tiara Fergie was given by the Queen and Prince Philip was copied and the real one sold after the divorce with Fergie pocketing the cash. The copy was said to be so poorly made that neither Bea nor Eugenie would wear it at their weddings, which is why both borrowed tiaras from the Queen.

Do any other members of the family wear jewels with imitation stones hoping to fool the public into thinking the pieces are truly regal?

by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 11:53 AM

If you have to ask because you can't tell the difference, who the fuck cares??

by Anonymousreply 1Last Tuesday at 3:01 PM

Coco Chanel, who spearheaded the international popularity of imitation jewelry, said by the 20th century, the true point of jewelry was to adorn a woman, not to display her wealth. So if you agree with Chanel (as I do here), whether they're fake or not seems immaterial, so long as they're not the crown jewels, which belong to the state.

But as a sidenote: Even were the authenticity of jewelry much of a big deal to me, even so, I seriously doubt the story about the York tiara being fake. Not only would Fergie have demanded the real tiara by this time (she was given the tiara outright as a wedding gift from her in-laws, and granted it in her divorce), but Beatrice and Eugenie not wearing it on their wedding day because they believe it's a fake is extraordinarily unlikely. Both girls wore tiaras from the queen's collection to honor their grandmother, whom they famously adore and who is near the end of her life.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Tuesday at 4:05 PM

[quote] so long as they're not the crown jewels, which belong to the state.

I always wondered if the jewels on display at the Tower of London are actually the real things like they claim or if they're fakes.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Tuesday at 4:23 PM

Diana wore a lot of fake pearls aka costume jewelry, but so do most women. Her “important” jewels were very real, most of them gifts from Middle East rulers. Interesting scoop about Fergie’s tiara. I wondered about that, surprised it would have escaped her desperation for cash.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Tuesday at 4:46 PM

I worked with someone who always left dark hints that he had ties to Irish terrorist groups. He drunkenly said one night that many of the jewels were stolen by Irish and republican Scots when they were heading to Windsor Castle during the war. Did I believe him? Not really, because drunks exaggerate their importance. But I didn’t *NOT* believe him. I don’t know about family heirlooms but I’ve always looked slightly askance at the Crown Jewels since then.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Tuesday at 4:48 PM

I would never have thought of *any* royal jewels as fake! You've just blown my mind.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Tuesday at 4:59 PM

Don't look now but Prince Charlie's signet pinky ring has turned his finger green!

by Anonymousreply 7Last Tuesday at 5:20 PM

My vagina is paste.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Tuesday at 6:20 PM

"There was a rumor that the tiara Fergie was given by the Queen and Prince Philip was copied and the real one sold after the divorce with Fergie pocketing the cash. "

I always assumed she'd sold all or part of it. Would she get a better price for the whole thing, or by selling the diamonds a few at a time?

by Anonymousreply 9Last Tuesday at 6:53 PM

What about the rumor that the Princess's brooch is an actual shrunken moor's head.

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by Anonymousreply 10Last Tuesday at 8:20 PM

[quote] "There was a rumor that the tiara Fergie was given by the Queen and Prince Philip was copied and the real one sold after the divorce with Fergie pocketing the cash. " I always assumed she'd sold all or part of it. Would she get a better price for the whole thing, or by selling the diamonds a few at a time?

She'd get more for it in its entirety, but if it's true she sold it, it would look really bad for Fergie if someone were seen wearing it public, to say nothing of antagonizing her in-laws even more. Much better to avoid the publicity and settle for a lesser price.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Wednesday at 11:53 AM
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