Queen Alexandra loved her jewels. She and her sister, the Czarina of Russia, collected some of the most fabulous jewels ever mounted and worn. The DAGMAR NECKLACE came with her to England as a gift from her father, the King of Denmark.
In 1863 the Princess Alexandra of Schlewig-Holstein-Gluckburg’s father was elected heir to the childless King Fredrick VII of Denmark. For the marriage to the Prince of Wales that same year, the King had a famous jeweler in Copenhagen design a necklace in the Byzantine style. It had 118 pearls and 2000 diamonds. Festoons connecting gold medallions with a large diamond in the middle of each surround a centerpiece of diamond scrollwork.
Two large pearls on either side were so valuable they were exhibited at the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace in 1851. Hanging from the centerpiece is a cloisonne enamel facsimile of the 11th century gold Dagmar Cross in which was a fragment of silk from the grave of King Canute.
Queen Dagmar was the much loved wife of King Waldermar the Victorious. when she died in 1212, she was buried with this enameled cross on her breast. her tomb was opened centuries later, and the cross was removed as a precious relic. It became tradition that Danish princesses were given a copy of the cross when they married.
The Queen has worn the necklace on rare occasions. She wore it sans cross on a state visit to Denmark. Queen Alexandra wore it often along with hundreds of other fabulous jewels.
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