Tiaras - Cuz Every Gal Needs One!
I always wear one - you just can't see it....
The Devonshire Tiara, circa 1893-1897, English: diamonds mounted in silver and gold. This tiara was made for the wife of the 8th Duke of Devonshire, Countess Louise von Alten. She was known as the 'Double Duchess' as she had previously been married to the Duke of Manchester. The tiara is designed as a graduated row of thirteen scrolled palmette motifs, alternating with lotus motifs. These can be removed and worn as individual brooches and other ornaments.
Detail : DIAMOND NECKLACE/TIARA Designed as graduated geometric open work plaques set with brilliant-, circular-cut and baguette diamonds, the jewel can be detached into nine parts and worn also as a pair of earrings and two dress clips, accompanied by fittings including a tiara frame, accompanied by fitted red leather case by Asprey Co, London. length approximately 680mm,
Vintage Art Deco Inspired Hand Beaded Comb / Tiara / Headpiece : Bridal / Wedding Hair
AN ANTIQUE DIAMOND NECKLACE/TIARA Designed as a graduated fringe of pear-shaped diamonds suspended from knife-edge surmounts of foliate design with diamond collet detail to the old-cut diamond line neckchain, with tiara fittings and screwdriver, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1890, , in velvet fitted case Signed S. Cartier, No. 840, tiara frame also signed S. Cartier
The Nizam of Hyderabad tiara (wedding gift from the Nizam to Princess Elizabeth, now QEII). The tiara was dismantled in the 1960s (only the three roses survive as brooches) and the diamonds used to make the Burmese Ruby tiara
Luxembourg crown jewels, Emerald Tiara - 1926 by Chaumet. This Art Deco tiara features a single large central cabochon emerald anchored by a square cut diamond surrounded by diamond filigree. Originally made for Grand Duchess Charlotte after her marriage to Prince Felix. It is now worned by her granddaughter Marie Teresa.
Luxembourg crown jewels, Emerald Tiara - 1926 by Chaumet. This Art Deco tiara features a single large central emerald anchored by a square cut diamond surrounded by diamond filigree. Originally made for Grand Duchess Charlotte after her marriage to Prince Felix. It is now worned by her granddaughter Marie Teresa.
THE RUBY PARURE AND NECKLACE OF GRAND DUCHESS XENIA, SISTER OF NIKOLAY II: In 1894, young Xenia married the friend of her brother Nikolay II, Grand Duke Sergey. The ruby parure and necklace were ordered to Bolin. Xenia left Russia after the Revolution, in 1919. In 1921 she sold her jewelry collection to gambler Marurice Sternbach for £1oo,ooo.
THE EMERALD AND DIAMOND ROCOCO DIADEM OF 1901, BY BOLIN ~ it was created for the last Russian Empress Alexandra who was its first and last official owner. Known several official portraits of Alexandra, done between 1901-1910 where she posed in this diadem that suited her greatly. After the Revolution of 1917 the diadem was lost; its story and the owner of this jewelry is still unknown.
THE EMERALD AND DIAMOND ROCOCO DIADEM OF 1901, by Bolin was created for the last Russian Empress, Alexandra, who was its first and last official owner. Known are several official portraits of Alexandra, done between 1901-1910, where she posed in this diadem. After the Revolution of 1917 the diadem was lost; its story and current owner are unknown.
THE STORY OF A 100-YEAR OLD RUBY PARURE: The first owner of this parure was Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna, granddaughter of Nikolay I, Queen of Greece and grandmother of Prince Philip, Elizabeth II's husband. Olga got it as a wedding present in 1867, either from her parents or from her husband George I of Greece. After her death in 1926 the parure was gained by her son Nikolay. His daughters wore it until 1956. In 1964 the parure was presented to the bride of King Konstantin II of Greece.
The emerald parure's story #4: In the1870s this parure was ordered and presented by Alexander II to his wife Maria. After 1880 the parure was owned by her son Sergey and then her son Pavel, who presented it to his daughter Maria in 1908 on her wedding day. After the Revolution Maria sold the parure and necklace to the future Alexander I of Yugoslavia who gave these jewels to his bride Mignon, Princess of Romania. The jewels finally reached the granddaughter of their first owner!
The history of one tiara and the brooch - owner #4: In 1931 Ilianne wore the tiara for her wedding. Then she saved the jewelry in The Bank of England but, in 1941, Ilianne took the tiara with her to Austria. In 1944 Ilianne returned to Romania with her tiara. Soon after Mihay had to resist the crown. Ilianne left for Russia, Switzerland, Argentina, and then the USA. The tiara was with her until 1950. The present owner of the tiara and the brooch is unknown.
The story of one tiara and one brooch - owner #3: After the Revolution, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna managed to take many jewels to Nice. She sold the tiara to her dead husband's niece, Maria-Missy, The Queen of Romania, who wore it at her coronation. Later, Queen Maria-Missy presented the tiara to her daughter Ilianne. The Queen's grandson Mihay got the brooch from Maria-Missy.
Hortense of Beauharnais's "Diadème de Deuil" or mourning tiara. Hortense was Queen Consort of Holland, was the stepdaughter of Emperor Napoleon I, being the daughter of his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais. She later became the wife of the former's brother, Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland, and the mother of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French. She died in 1837