Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ruby Dragonfly Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1900.  The dragonflies are set en tremblant and can be removed to be worn as brooches.

Materials:  rubies and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Duchess Camilla of Castro; bought at auction at Sotheby's in 1999
Duchess Camilla
Duchess Camilla
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Was this tiara created by Chaumet or another jeweller?
  • Who owned this tiara prior to Duchess Camilla?

Links:
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Pearl Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1830.  In 1924, it was lengthened in the back with gilt gold and imitation pearls so that it could be worn across the forehead as a bandeau.

Materials:  pearls and diamonds set in gold
Grand Duchess Stéphanie
Queen Carola
Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Baden;
  2. Queen Carola of Saxony; inherited from her grandmother in 1860
  3. Countess Marie of Flanders; inherited from her cousin in 1907
  4. Queen Elisabeth of Belgium; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1912
  5. Queen Marie José of Italy; from her mother in 1924 on the occasion of her eighteenth birthday and her first court ball
  6. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy; inherited from her mother in 2001
  7. Mannheim Museum; bought at auction at Christie's in 2007
Queen Marie José
Queen Marie José
Questions:
  • What jeweller created this tiara?

Links:
Photos:  Christie's

Pink Tourmaline Parure Tiara

Princess Clothilde
Princess Marina
Creation:  The parure was originally designed so that the pink tourmalines were interchangeable with garnets.  Coral, jet, and turquoise have also been reported as being interchangeable with the pink tourmalines.

Materials:  pink tourmalines and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Queen Maria Theresa of Sardinia
  2. Duchess Elisabeth of Genoa, Marchioness Rapallo; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1855
  3. Queen Margherita of Italy; inherited from her mother in 1912
  4. Queen Elena of Italy; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1926
  5. Queen Marie José of Italy; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1952
  6. Princess Marina of Naples; inherited from her mother-in-law in 2001

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • Are there any pictures of this tiara being worn prior to Princess Marina of Naples?
  • Are there any pictures of this tiara being worn with any of the alternate gemstones?

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Diamond Tiara

Creation:

Materials:  diamonds
Queen Sophia
Princess Irene

Provenance:
  1. German Empress Victoria, Queen of Prussia; from her mother, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, on the occasion of her 1858 marriage to German Emperor Frederik III, King of Prussia
  2. Queen Sophia of the Hellenes; from her mother on the occasion of her marriage to King Constantine of the Hellenes
  3. Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta; from her mother on the occasion of her 1939 marriage to Duke Aimone of Aosta
  4. Duke Amedeo of Aosta; inherited from his mother in 1974
  5. Unknown Owner; auctioned at Christie's in 1979

Questions:
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • Are there any pictures of German Empress Victoria wearing this tiara?

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Olive Leaf Tiara


Creation:  This tiara was created by Cartier in 1907 and eleven of the diamonds could be switched out for emeralds.
Princess George

Materials:  diamonds set in platinum and optional emeralds set in gold

Provenance:
  1. Princess George of Greece & Denmark; on the occasion of her 1907 marriage to Prince George of Greece & Denmark
  2. Princess Eugénie of Greece & Denmark, Princess Radziwill, Duchess of Castel Duino; inherited from her mother in 1962
  3. Princess Tatiana Radziwill, Prince George Radziwill, & Prince Carlo della Torre e Tasso; inherited from their mother in 1989
  4. Albion Art Institute; bought at Beaussant Lefèvre Auction House in 1999 for $40,000
Links:
Photos:  Cartier

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pearl & Diamond Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Cartier in 1913.

Materials:  diamonds and pearls

Provenance:
  1. Princess Anastasia of Greece & Denmark
Princess Anastasia
Princess Anastasia
Questions:
  • What happened to this tiara after Princess Anastasia's death in 1923?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Pearl Necklace Tiara

Queen Frederika
Princess Irene
Creation:  This tiara can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  diamonds and pearls

Provenance:
  1. Queen Frederika of the Hellenes

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • Did Princess Irene inherit this tiara?

Diamond Circles Tiara

Queen Sophia
Infanta Elena
Princess Irene
Creation:

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Queen Sophia of the Hellenes
  2. Queen Frederika of the Hellenes; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1932
  3. Princess Irene of Greece & Denmark; inherited from her mother in 1981

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • Who will inherited this tiara from Princess Irene?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Diamond Tiara

Princess Alexia
Princess Theodora
Creation:

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Alexia of Greece & Denmark, Mrs. Morales

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • Was this tiara a gift from Princess Alexia's parents on the occasion of her eighteenth birthday in 1983?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Diamond Bandeau

Queen Victoria Eugenie
Queen Victoria Eugenie
Creation: 

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain

Questions: 
  • When was this tiara created?
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • What happened to this tiara?