The Penicuik Jewels belonged to Mary Queen of Scots. Mary took great pleasure in a magnificent jewelry collection. The Penicuik jewels were long preserved by the Clerks of Penicuik as relics.The necklace has 14 large oval beads of filigree work divided by smaller circular beads and would have originally contained perfume. The enamelled locket has painted miniatures showing a man and a woman, said to be Mary and her son James. The pendant was probably formerly attached to the locket.
February 8, 1587: Mary, Queen of Scots, executed. "I forgive you with all my heart, for now, I hope, you shall make an end to all my troubles," Mary told the executioner. His first blow missed her neck altogether. The second struck her neck, but didn't cut through -- he had to saw through to finish the job. When he held her head aloft by the hair, her wig came off and her head rolled to the ground. Then, a bloody little Skye terrier emerged from her skirts, and refused to leave his mistress.
1897: Princess Alexandra, Princess of Wales, dressed as Mary, Queen of Scots, for the Duchess of Devonshire's costume ball celebrating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The jewels worn across the neckline of the dress is a tiara taken off its frame. (Thanks to Dan Harrington for the correct name of the Princess.)