The Greville Chandelier Earrings were from the collection of Dame Margaret Greville, the wife of the Hon. Ronald Greville. Margaret and her husband had had no children, and she bequeathed all her jewellery to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother upon her death in 1942.
Margaret probably ordered these earrings from Cartier in 1918, and they were probably the same earrings that were ordered to be lengthened with six marquise and six baton brilliants in 1922. They were likely adjusted again in 1929 with ten “assorted” diamonds and thus obtained their present form.
After they came into the possession of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, she gave them to her daughter Princess Elizabeth in 1947 as a wedding present.1