Jewellery lover Margaret Thatcher
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher introduced her own rule of wearing, as every day she appeared at work with the new accessory, and it was possible to determine her mood that day by her brooch. “They (brooches) express the state of my soul,” – used to say Margaret. The Iron Lady loved jewelry and was not afraid to wear all at once – bracelets, rings, pearls at the neck, and large earrings. And yet, in nine cases out of ten – she wore a brooch. As she grew older, she added more jewellery, more brooches, more color. London auction Christie is presenting a selection of Margaret Thatcher jewellery at auction on 15 December, 2015. The jewellery to be offered in the auction in December is led by an exquisite Art Deco emerald and diamond necklace by Chaumet, circa 1930 worth and estimated £120,000 to 180,000. Another favorite jewelry of Mrs Thatcher’s was a George III diamond flower brooch, circa 1800 and expected to fetch £8,000 to £10,000.
Margaret Thatcher was widely photographed wearing this brooch both in Britain and abroad, and is wearing the brooch in her official portrait which hangs at 10 Downing Street. Pavé set throughout, the brooch comprises old cushion, pear and circular-cut diamonds.
Lady Thatcher believed the pearls were her mascot, and was rarely seen without a string of pearls which became her trademark. Two-row cultured pearl necklace, worth £1,500
Margaret Thatcher dressed strictly in accordance with the political etiquette, but a little bit of grace and charm gave to her brooches of different colors and shapes. Margaret, the true Iron Lady, respected brooches and pinned them to each of her costume. She especially liked the brooch in the form of a panther and considered it her symbol. Margaret Thatcher had a collection of brooches in the shape of flowers, trees and insects.
Margaret never left the house without large earrings and pearl necklace donated by her husband on the birth of twins. The pearls brought to the business style elements of femininity.
Margaret often pinned brooches in different way: on the left side, then on the right; on the lapel of her jacket, almost on the shoulder, and even on her skirt, below waist. Canonical considered location of brooches 10 cm below the left shoulder. But the modern fashion breaks all the rules, and today you can pin the brooch at the neckline or waist. I think that if Margaret Thatcher was not a politician, she would be experimenting more with the location of brooches.