Friday, October 31, 2014

Lotus Flower Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was created by Garrard in 1923 using a necklace, also from Garrard, that Queen Elizabeth received from her husband, King George VI, earlier that same year on the occasion of their wedding.
original necklace
Queen Elizabeth
Materials:  diamonds and pearls

Provenance:
  1. Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom;
  2. Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon; from her mother in 1959
  3. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; inherited from her sister in 2002
Princess Margaret
Duchess Catherine
Other Wearers:
Lady Mary Elphinstone
Viscountess Linley
Reginald Wilcock
Links:
Photos:  Royal Archives/Munn/Mark Stewart
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cambridge Sapphire Parure Necklace Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was created from necklace of the Cambridge Sapphire Parure after the sale of the original tiara.

Materials:  sapphires and diamonds
Duchess Katharine
Duchess Katharine
Provenance:
  1. Duchess Katharine of Kent

Links:
Photos: Munn

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cambridge Sapphire Parure Tiara

Grand Duchess Augusta
Queen Mary
Creation:  This tiara can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  diamonds and sapphires
Princess Marina
Princess Marina
Princess Marina
Provenance:
  1. Duchess Augusta of Cambridge 
  2. Grand Duchess Augusta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; from her mother
  3. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom; from her aunt
  4. Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her 1934 marriage to Prince George, Duke of Kent
  5. Duchess Katharine of Kent; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1968
  6. Duchess Katharine
  7. Unknown Owner; sold at auction

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

Links:
Photos:  Royal Collection/National Portrait Gallery

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kent Pearl & Diamond Fringe Tiara

Duchess Katharine
Duchess Katharine
Creation:

Materials:  pearls and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Duchess Katharine of Kent
Lady Helen
Lady Helen
Other Wearers:
Countess Sylvana

Questions:
  • Was this tiara created from the Kent Diamond Bandeau
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

Links:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kent Diamond Bandeau

Queen Mary
Princess Alexandra
Creation:  This tiara was created by Garrard circa 1925.  Queen Mary sometimes wore the tiara topped with the Cambridge emeralds when they were not in use on the Delhi Durbar Tiara or the Vladimir Tiara.

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom
  2. Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1953
  3. Duchess Katharine of Kent; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1968
Duchess Katharine
Duchess Katharine
Duchess Katharine
Other Wearers:

Questions:

Links:

Friday, October 24, 2014

Kent Diamond Circles Bandeau

Princess Elena
Princess Alexandra
Creation:  This tiara can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  pearls and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Elena of Greece & Denmark
  2. Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; from her mother on the occasion of her 1934 marriage to Prince George of the United Kingdom, Duke of Kent
  3. Unknown Owner; sold at auction
Princess Marina

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

Links:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ogilvy Tiara

Princess Alexandra
Princess Alexandra
Creation:  This tiara was created by Collingwood in 1963 from a floral bandeau already owned by Princess Alexandra. 
Princess Alexandra

Materials:  diamonds with interchangeable pearls, sapphires, and turquoises

Provenance:
  1. Princess Alexandra of Kent
Princess Alexandra
Princess Alexandra
Questions:
  • What is the provenance of the floral bandeau prior to being turned into a tiara?
Princess Alexandra
Princess Alexandra
Links:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kent Festoon Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was created circa 1900.  Later, Princess Michael replaced the band of diamonds along the base with a row of pearls.

Materials:  pearls and diamonds
Princess Marina
Princess Alexandra
Provenance:
  1. Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent
  2. Princess Michael of Kent; inherited by her husband, Prince Michael, from his mother in 1968 and given to her on the occasion of their 1978 marriage 
Princess Michael
Princess Michael
Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • What is this tiaras provenance prior to Princess Marina?

Links:
Photos:  Munn

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kent Fringe Tiara

Creation:

Materials:  diamonds set in gold and silver

Provenance:
  1. Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; from the city of London on the occasion of her 1934 marriage to Prince George of the United Kingdom, Duke of Kent
  2. Princess Michael of Kent; inherited by her husband, Prince Michael, from his mother in 1968 and given to her on the occasion of their 1978 marriage
Princess Marina
Princess Alexandra
Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • What is this tiara provenance prior to Princess Marina?
Princess Michael
Princess Michael
Links:
Photos:  Munn

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vladimir Fringe Tiara

Princess Elena
Princess Marina
Creation:

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
  2. Princess Elena of Greece & Denmark; inherited from her mother in 1920
  3. Countess Elisabeth of Toerring-Jettenbach; from her mother
  4. Archduchess Helene of Austria; from her mother
Grand Duchess Maria
Archduchess Helene
Countess Elisabeth
Other Wearers:
  • Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; on the occasion of her 1934 wedding to Prince George of the United Kingdom, Duke of Kent 
  • Princess Sophie of Windisch-Graetz; on the occasion of her 1990 wedding to Prince Mariano of Windisch-Graetz
  • Archduchess Maya of Austria; on the occasion of her 2005 wedding to Archduke Maximilian of Austria
Princess Sophie
Archduchess Maya
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

Links:
Photos:  National Portrait Gallery