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The Duchess of Kent wearing the Cambridge Sapphire Parure, United Kingdom (from top, Tiara, Earrings, Necklace, Brooch; sapphires, diamonds). The tiara is shown here in it's original form. The Duchess had a second tiara made by taking the largest sapphire and diamond clusters from the long necklace and forming a button tiara set on a velvet band. Unfortunately, the Kents decided to sell parts of the parure for financial reasons. They sold this tiara (in a diamond prong design with sapphires…

The Romanovs had one of the most impressive jewellery collections of all times. None of the current Houses, not even the British one, can match the splendour of the Romanov Court. One of the most interesting and, unfortunately, mysterious parures belonged to Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, wife of Alexander III and mother of Nicholas II.