Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Meander Bandeau

Queen Victoria Eugenie
Infanta Beatriz
Creation: 

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain
  2. Infanta Beatriz of Spain, Princess di Civitella-Cesi; from her mother

Questions: 
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Does this tiara still exist?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Aquamarine Parure Tiara

Creation:  The original pearl tiara was created by Ansorena.  Queen Victoria Eugenie had the tiara adapted to use aquamarines instead of the pearls but the setting was too fragile for the much larger aquamarines so Infanta Beatriz had it changed once more into the current setting.
Queen Victoria Eugenie
Queen Victoria Eugenie
Materials:  diamonds and Brazilian aquamarines

Provenance:
  1. Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain
  2. Infanta Beatriz of Spain, Princess di Civitella-Cesi; from her mother on the occasion of her 1935 marriage to Alessandro Torlonia, Prince di Civitella-Cesi
  3. Countess Sandra Lecquio di Assaba & Olimpia Weiller; inherited from their mother in 2002
Infanta Beatriz
Olimpia Weiller
Olimpia Weiller
Other Wearers:
Princess Sibilla

Questions:
  • What jeweller adapted the tiara for Infanta Beatriz?

Links:

Diamond & Pearl Loop Tiara

Queen Sofia
Queen Sofia
Creation:  This tiara was made by Cartier.

Materials:  diamonds and pearls set in platinum
Queen Maria Christina
Princess Maria Mercedes
Princess Maria Mercedes
Provenance:
  1. Queen Maria Christina of Spain
  2. King Alfonso XIII of Spain; inherited from his mother in 1929
  3. Princess Maria de las Mercedes, Countess of Barcelona; from her father-in-law on the occasion of her 1935 marriage to Infante Juan of Spain, Count of Barcelona
  4. Queen Sofia of Spain; inherited from her mother-in-law in 2000
Infanta Pilar
Doña Simonetta
Other Wearers:
  • Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz; most notably at her 1967 wedding to Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre
  • Doña Simonetta Gomez-Acebo y de Borbon; at her 1990 wedding to José Miguel Fernández y Sastrón

Questions:
  • What year was this tiara created?
  • Did Queen Victoria Eugenie ever wear this tiara?

Diamond Garland Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Cartier in 1927.

Materials:  diamonds set in platinum
Queen Victoria Eugenie

Provenance:
  1. Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain 

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist and if so who currently owns it?

Links:

Marichalar Meander Tiara

Infanta Elena
Infanta Elena
Creation:

Materials:  diamonds set in platinum

Provenance:
  1. Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her 1995 marriage to Jaime de Marichalar y Sáenz de Tejada

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • What jeweller created this tiara? 
  • What is this tiara's provenance prior to Infanta Elena?

Links:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Diamond Spike Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Chaumet.  It was originally featured turquoises but Queen Victoria Eugenie had them replaced with diamonds.

Materials:  diamonds set in platinum
Queen Victoria Eugenie
Queen Victoria Eugenie
Queen Victoria Eugenie
Provenance:
  1. Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain; from her husband, King Alfonso XIII of Spain, on the occasion of their 1906 marriage
  2. Unknown Owner; sold by Queen Victoria Eugenie during her exile in Rome and sold again in 1984 by Christie's

Questions:  
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

Sapphire Tiara

Princess Maria de las Mercedes
Infanta Pilar
Creation:

Materials:  sapphires and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Maria de las Mercedes, Countess of Barcelona
  2. Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz; from her mother
Infanta Margarita
Infanta Pilar
Other Wearers:
Bárbara Cano y de la Plaza
Laura Ponte y Martinez
Questions:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Ruby Parure Tiara

Creation:   This tiara was made in 1816 by Evrard Bapst and Pierre-Nicholas Menière using a tiara made in 1811 by Francois-Regnault Nitot that had previously belonged to Empress Marie Louise of France.

Materials:  rubies and diamonds
Copy of the Nitot tiara in garnets and white sapphires

Provenance:
  1. Princess Marie Thérèse of France, Duchesse d' Angoulême; until her exile to Britian in 1830
  2. Queen Marie Amélie of France; as consort of Louis Philippe I beginning in 1830 until her exile in 1848
  3. French State Treasury; during the French Second Republic
  4. Empress Eugénie of France; as consort of Napoleon III beginning in 1853 until her exile in 1870
  5. French State Treasury; the tiara was kept at Brest, France from 1870 to 1872 then moved to a vault at the Ministry of Finance until 1878
  6. Exposition Universelle; it was displayed with the rest of the crown jewels during the third World Fair in Paris in 1878
  7. Musée du Louvre; in 1884 it was displayed with the rest of the crown jewels
  8. Unknown Owner; the tiara was sold at auction with the rest of the crown jewels in May 1887 by the French Third Republic

Questions:
  • Are there any pictures of this tiara being worn?
  • Does the tiara currently belong to the Niarchos family?

Links:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sapphire, Diamond, & Pearl Parure Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Bapst in 1839 using jewels that belonged to Queen Marie Amelie.

Materials:  diamonds, pearls, and sapphires
Queen Marie Amelie
Duchess Marie Thérèse
Provenance:
  1. Queen Marie Amelie of France
  2. Prince Antoine d'Orléans, Duke of Montpensier; inherited from his mother in 1866
  3. Countess Marie Isabelle of Paris; inherited from her father in 1890
  4. Duke Philippe of Orléans; inherited from his mother in 1919
  5. Duke Jean of Guise; inherited from his cousin and brother-in-law in 1926
  6. Count Henri of Paris; inherited from his father in 1940
  7. Unknown Owner; bought at Sotheby's in 1993

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • Who currently owns the tiara?

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Sapphire Parure Tiara

Creation:   The tiara could be broken up into different sections but Queen Marie Amelie had several of the sections removed from the tiara to create earrings and brooches for her Sapphire, Pearl, & Diamond Parure.

Materials:  diamonds and Ceylon sapphires set in gold
Countess Marie Isabelle
Duchess Isabelle
Provenance:
  1. Queen Hortense of Holland; possibly inherited from her mother, Empress Josephine of France
  2. Queen Marie Amelie of France; bought by her husband Louis Philippe from Queen Hortense of Holland in 1821
  3. Countess Marie Isabelle of Paris; from her grandmother on the occasion of her 1856 marriage to Count Philippe of Paris
  4. Duke Philippe of Orléans; inherited from his mother in 1919
  5. Duke Jean of Guise; inherited from his cousin and brother-in-law in 1926
  6. Count Henri of Paris; inherited from his father in 1940
  7. Musée du Louvre; bought in 1985
Countess Isabelle
Ines de La Fressange
Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • Did this tiara originally belong to Empress Josephine?
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Are there any pictures of this tiara being worn by Queen Marie Amelie or Queen Hortense?

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