Friday, November 21, 2014

Teck Hoop Necklace Tiara

Creation: This tiara was created circa 1860 and can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  diamonds set in gold and silver
Princess Mary Adelaide
Princess Mary Adelaide
Provenance:
  1. Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck
  2. Marchioness Margaret of Cambridge; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1897
  3. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom; bought or inherited from her sister-in-law
  4. Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; from her mother-in-law
  5. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon; from her mother
  6. Serena Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linley; inherited from her mother-in-law in 2002
Marchioness Margaret
Queen Elizabeth
Questions:
  • How did Queen Mary acquire this tiara from her sister-in-law?
Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret
Links:
Photos:  The Royal Collection/Munn
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Teck Turquoise Parure Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1850 and in 1912 Queen Mary had the tiara altered by E. Wolff & Co.

Materials:  turquoises and diamonds

Queen Mary

Provenance:
  1. Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck
  2. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom; from her mother on the occasion of her 1983 marriage to King George
  3. Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her marriage in 1935
  4. Duchess Brigitte of Gloucester; from her mother-in-law
Princess Alice
Duchess Birgitte
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

Links:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made in 1914 by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard using diamonds from the dismantled County of Surrey Tiara and left over diamonds from the Ladies of England Tiara.  The center of the tiara was made to use the Cullinan V, a sapphire and diamond brooch, and a pink topaz and diamond brooch interchangeably.  Queen Mary later had the center of the tiara lowered and new diamond honeysuckle made to use in place of the other three stones.  When Queen Mary gave the tiara to Princess Alice, she only gave her the diamond honeysuckle center but Princess Alice later inherited the pink topaz brooch and acquired a cabochon emerald central piece.
Queen Mary
Duchess Birgitte
Materials:  diamonds with an interchangeable emerald or pink topaz
Princess Alice
Queen Mary
Princess Alice
Provenance:
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom
  2. Princess Alice, Duchess of Goucester; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her 1935 marriage to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and she later inherited the pink topaz center stone in 1953
  3. Duchess Brigitte of Gloucester; from her mother-in-law
Duchess Birgitte
Duchess Birgitte
Links:
Photos:  Munn/The Royal Collection

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gloucester Diamond Tiara

Creation:  This tiara can be worn with emeralds in place of some of the diamonds.

Materials:  diamonds and emeralds
Princess Alice
Duchess Birgitte
Provenance:
  1. Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester; from her husband, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, on the occasion of their 1935 marriage
  2. Duchess Birgitte of Gloucester; from her mother-in-law

Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • When was this tiara created?

Links:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gloucester Indian Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was most likely made by Cartier in the early 1900s.

Materials:  diamonds, sapphires, and pearls
Princess Marie Louise
Princess Marie Louise
Princess Marie Louise
Provenance:
  1. Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein
  2. Duchess Birgitte of Gloucester; inherited by her husband, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, from his godmother in 1956 and given to her after their 1972 marriage
Duchess Birgitte

Questions:
  • Did Cartier create this tiara?
  • What year was this tiara created?

Links:
Photos:  Munn

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wedding Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Collingwood and can be worn as a necklace.  It was dismantled in 1919 to create a new Fringe Tiara.

Materials:  diamonds
Queen Mary
Queen Mary
Provenance:
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom; from Queen Victoria on the occasion of her 1893 marriage to King George V of the United Kingdom
Photos:  The Royal Collection

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wedding Parure Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Garrard in 1862 for £8,000.  The diamond elements are removable to be worn as brooches or replaced with diamond stars.

Materials:  diamonds
Queen Alexandra
Queen Alexandra
Provenance:
  1. Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, from her husband, King Edward VII, on the occasion of their 1863 marriage 
  2. Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom; inherited from her mother in 1925 and was later disposed of
Queen Alexandra

Questions:
  • Why is this tiara erroneously called the Rundell Tiara?
  • What did Princess Victoria do with this tiara?
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Teck Cresent Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made using a diamond bandeau with three roses and twenty individual diamond crescents inherited by Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck from Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester in 1857.  It has undergone many alterations throughout the years.  In 1871, Garrard assembled the crescents into a headband and by 1882 the roses and crescents were joined together in tiara with two rows of diamonds along the base.  A new frame was made for the tiara in 1901 and again in 1937 at which time the two rows of diamonds were removed.
Princess Mary Adelaide
Princess Mary Adelaide
Materials:  diamonds set in gold and silver

Provenance:
Marchioness Margaret
Queen Elizabeth
Questions: 
  • Which jeweller made the roses and crescents for Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester?
  • How did Queen Mary acquire the tiara from her sister-in-law?
  • According to The Queen's Diamonds by Hugh Roberts this tiara has been loaned to the Duchess of Cornwall.  Will she ever where this tiara publicly?

Links:
Photos:  The Royal Collection/Munn

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was created in 1939 by Cartier and the three roses were detachable to be used as brooches.  In 1973, it was dismantled and the diamonds were used to created the Burmese Ruby Tiara with only the brooches being left intact.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
Materials:  diamonds set in platinum

Provenance:
  1. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; from the Nizam of Hyderabad on the occasion of her 1947 marriage to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Links:
Photos:  Royal Collection/Cartier

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ladies of England Tiara

Queen Mary
Queen Mary
Creation:  This tiara was made by Hunt & Roskell and could be worn as a necklace.  In 1913, it was dismantled and the diamonds and pearls were used to create Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara with the left over diamonds being used in the Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara.
Queen Mary

Materials:  diamonds and pearls

Provenance:
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom; from 650 Ladies of England on the occasion of her 1893 marriage to King George V of the United Kingdom

Links:
Photos:  The Royal Collection