Monday, November 23, 2015

Opal Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Irene Neuwirth in 2013.

Materials:  opals, emeralds, and diamonds set in gold

Provenance:
  1. Joanna Newsom; on the occasion of her 2013 marriage to Andy Samberg

Questions:
  1. Are there any photos of Joanna Newsom wearing the tiara?
Photos:  Irene Neuwirth
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Pearl Meander Tiara

Creation: This tiara was made by Cartier in 1909.

Materials: pearls and diamonds
Lady Allan
Lady Allan
Provenance:
  1. Lady Marguerite Allan; from her husband, Sir Hugh Montagu Allan
  2. Elspeth Paterson Dawes; inherited from her cousin in 1957
  3. Elspeth Bourne Straker; inherited from her grandmother
  4. Unknown Owner; sold at auction at Sotheby's in November 2015 for $799,265

Other Wearers:

Catharine Becket
Nathalie Rodwell
Links:
Photos: Sotheby's

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Blue Enamel Kokoshnik

Creation:  This tiara was made by Chaumet circa 1910.

Materials:  blue plique-à-jour enamel and diamonds set in gold and platinum.

Provenance: 
  1. Constance Cornwallis-West Lewes, Duchess of Westminster; from her husband, Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster in 1911
  2. Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster; after their 1919 divorce
  3. Unknown Owner
  4. Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster
  5. Unknown Owner; sold at auction at Christie's in November 2015 for $677,899
Beanie Major

Other Wearers: 

Questions: 
  • Who were the owner(s) of the tiara between the the 2nd and 6th Duke of Westminster?

Links: 
Photos:  Christie's/David Warren

Friday, October 30, 2015

Blackened Steel Tiara

Creation: This tiara was made by Henri Picq for Cartier circa 1912.

Materials: diamonds set in blackened steel 
Kimberly Smith

Provenance:
  1. Unknown Owner; on the occasion of her 1912 marriage
  2. Unknown Owner; from their grandmother 
  3. Unknown Owner; sold at auction at Sotheby's in November 2015 for $536,165
Eugenie Niarchos
Andrew Prince
Other Wearers:
Cathy Topp
Noor Fares

Questions:
  • Who was the original owner of this tiara?
  • Who is the current owner of this tiara?

Links:

Photos: Sotheby's/Instagram

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Blackened Steel Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Henri Picq for Cartier in 1914.

Materials:  diamonds and rubies set in platinum and blackened steel

Provenance: 
  1. Queen Marie of Romania
  2. Cartier Collection

Questions: 

Links: 
Photos:  Cartier

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Diamond Floral Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Boucheron in 1907.  Princess Olga later had a diamond rivière added along the base of the tiara.

Materials:  white and yellow diamonds
Princess Olga
Princess Olga
Provenance:
  1. Princess Maria Abamelek Lazarev
  2. Princess Olga of Yugoslavia; from her husband's aunt
  3. Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia; inherited from his mother 1997
  4. Albion Art Collection
Princess Barbara


Other Wearers:
  • Princess Barbara of Yugoslavia

Questions:
  • Are there any photos of Princess Maria wearing the tiara?
  • When was this tiara bought by the Albion Art Collection?
Photos:  Boucheron

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Diamond Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Cartier and it could be worn without the diamond drops.

Materials:  diamonds

Princess Olga
Princess Olga
Provenance:
  1. Princess Elena of Greece & Denmark; from her mother, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, on the occasion of her 1902 marriage to Prince Nicholas of Greece & Denmark
  2. Princess Olga of Yugoslavia; from her mother
 
Other Wearers:
Princess Maria Pia
Princess Elena
Princess Olga
Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact? 
  • Did Princess Olga sell the diamond drops prior to 1960?

Links:
Photos:  Cartier

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fringe Tiara

Creation:

Materials:  diamonds
Grand Duchess Maria
Queen Maria of Yugoslavia
Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Maria, Duchess of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha; from her father, Emperor Alexander II of Russia, on the occasion of her 1874 marriage to Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg & Gotha
  2. Queen Marie of Romania; from her mother in 1920
  3. Queen Maria of Yugoslavia; from her mother in 1938
  4. Levy-Cohen; bought at auction in Sotheby's for £10,800 in 1960

Other Wearers:
Princess Beatrice
Queen Marie of Romania
Queen Marie of Romania
Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara? 
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

Links:
Photos:  Sotheby's

Friday, October 23, 2015

Emerald & Diamond Kokoshnik

Creation:  This tiara was made by Bolin using emeralds that belonged to Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia.  The emeralds could be removed and worn as other pieces of jewellery.
Grand Duchess Elizabeth
Materials: diamonds and seven cabochon emeralds set in gold and silver
Grand Duchess Elizabeth
Grand Duchess Maria

Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna; from her husband, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, on the occasion of their 1884 marriage
  2. Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna; from her aunt on the occasion of her 1908 marriage to Prince Wilhelm of Sweden
  3. King Alexander I of Yugoslavia; bought from Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna
  4. Queen Maria of Yugoslavia; from her husband, King Alexander of Yugoslavia, on the occasion of their 1922 marriage
  5. King Peter II of Yugoslavia; from his mother
  6. Van Cleef & Arpels; bought in 1949, removed the emeralds and replaced with paste stones
Queen Maria
Queen Maria
Other Wearers:
Princess Elizabeth

Questions:
  • Who currently owns the emeralds?

Links:
Photos:  Van Cleef & Arpels

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Emerald Bandeau

Creation:  This tiara was made by Cartier in the early 1920s from an existing tiara and can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  emeralds and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Marthe Bibesco
  2. Unknown Owner; bought at auction at Christie's in 1970
Princess Marthe
Princess Marthe
Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?