Victorian Ruby Diamond and Pearl Pendant
A large lustrous oval blister pearl (slightly crinkled) is flanked by a bright red half-carat ruby and a sparkling .40 carat old mine-cut diamond, all of which surmount a glittering rose-cut diamond-set garland. Crafted if silver over gold - circa 1885. 1 1/4 by 3/4 inches.
Grief almost cost Victoria her mind - and her crown: MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION: VICTORIA, ALBERT AND THE DEATH THAT CHANGED THE MONARCHY BY HELEN RAPPAPORT
Prince Albert (1819-1861) profile in black by Artist Unknown. Why did he die? Helen Rappaport disputes typhoid fever. Her evidence suggests Crohn’s disease. It supports Victoria’s belief that Albert had been killed by worry about their 1st sons reckless lifestyle. Crohn’s fit Albert’s stomach troubles, his exhaustion & leads to bowel cancer. 2nd son of Ernest I (1784-1844) Duke of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha & wife Louise (1800-1831) of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg & husband of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) UK.