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December 5, 2016

Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse's Turquoise & Moonstone Tiara

Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse Turquoise Moonstone Tiara
Creation:

Materials:  turquoises, moonstones, and diamonds set in platinum

Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse née Princess of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich; from her husband, Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and by Rhine, for Christmas in 1905
  2. Princess Margaret of Hesse née Geddes; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her 1937 marriage to Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine
  3. Susan Geddes née Carter, Baroness Geddes; inherited by her husband, Euan Geddes, 3rd Baron Geddes, from his aunt in 1997
Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse Turquoise Moonstone Tiara
Grand Duchess Eleonore
Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse Turquoise Moonstone Tiara Susan Geddes
Susan Geddes
Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

Links:

November 28, 2016

Princess Marie of Württemberg's Pink Topaz Tiara

Princess Marie of Württemberg's Pink Topaz Parure Tiara
Creation:

Materials:  pink topazes and diamonds

Princess Marie of Württemberg's Pink Topaz Parure Tiara
Princess Marie
Provenance:
  1. Princess Marie of Württemberg née Waldeck-Pyrmont; on the occasion of her 1877 marriage to King Wilhelm II of Württemberg
  2. Unknown Owner
  3. Thomas Fäerber
  4. Unknown Owner

Questions:

Links:

November 21, 2016

Queen Louise of Prussia's Pink Topaz Parure Tiara

Queen Louise of Prussia Pink Topaz Parure Tiara
Creation: This tiara was made in the early 19th century.

Materials: pink topaz and diamond set in gold and silver

Provenance:
  1. Queen Louise of Prussia nee Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  2. Princess Louise of the Netherlands nee Prussia; from her mother
  3. Queen Louise of Sweden nee Princess of the Netherlands; from her mother
  4. Queen Louise of Denmark nee Princess of Sweden; from her mother
  5. Princess Louise of Schaumburg-Lippe nee Denmark; from her mother
  6. Princess Marie Louise of Prussia nee Schaumburg-Lippe; from her mother
  7. Princess Louise of Prussia; from her mother
  8. Albion Art Collection; after 2009

Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Are there any pictures of this tiara being worn?

Links:
Photos: Albion

November 14, 2016

Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria's Habsburg Fringe Tiara

austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert
Creation: This tiara was made by Kochert circa 1890.

Materials:  diamonds set in silver and gold
austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert archduchess maria theresa
Archduchess Maria Theresa

Provenance:
  1. Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria nee Infanta of Portugal
  2. Princess Elisabeth Amalie of Liechtenstein nee Archduchess of Austria; inherited from her mother in 1944
  3. Princess Gina of Liechtenstein nee Countess Georgina of Wilczek; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1960
  4. Princess Marie Aglaë of Liechtenstein nee Countess Kinsky of Wchinitz & Tettau; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1989
  5. Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein nee Duchess of Bavaria; from her mother-in-law
austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert princess gina
Princess Gina
austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert princess marie
Princess Marie
Other Wearers
  • Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein nee de L'Arbre de Malander; at her 1971 wedding to Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein
austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert princess isabelle
Princess Isabelle
austria liechtenstein habsburg diamond fringe tiara kochert princess sophie
Hereditary Princess Sophie
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?

Links:

November 7, 2016

Duchess of Connaught's Fringe Tiara

princess louise duchess of connaught fringe tiara
Princess Louise
princess louise duchess of connaught fringe tiara
Princess Louise
Creation: This tiara can be worn as a necklace.

Materials: diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent & Strathearn nee Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld 
  2. Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom; from her mother 
  3. Princess Louise Margaret, Duchess of Connaught & Strathearn nee Princess of Prussia; from her mother-in-law of the occasion of her 1879 marriage to Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught & Strathearn 
  4. Lady Patricia Ramsay nee Princess of Connaught; from her mother 
princess louise duchess of connaught fringe tiara
Princess Louise
princess louise duchess of connaught fringe tiara patricia
Lady Patricia
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created? 
  • Which jeweller created this tiara? 
  • Who currently owns this tiara? 

Links:

October 24, 2016

Princess Irina Yusupov's Rock Crystal Tiara

princess irina yusupov russia rock crystal tiara cartier
Creation: This tiara was made by Charles Jacqueau for Cartier in 1911.

Materials: rock crystal and diamonds set in platinum

Provenance:
  1. Princess Irina Yusupov née Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia; from her husband, Prince Felix Yusupov, on the occasion of their 1914 marriage
princess irina yusupov russia rock crystal tiara cartier
Princess Irina

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact? 
  • What happened to this tiara after it was confiscated by the Bolsheviks from Yusupov Palace in 1925?

Links:

October 17, 2016

Queen Geraldine of Albania's Diamond Tiara

queen geraldine of albania diamond tiara marianne ostier
Creation:  This tiara was made by Marianne Ostier in 1938.

Materials:  diamonds set in platinum
queen geraldine of albania diamond tiara marianne ostier
Queen Geraldine
queen geraldine of albania diamond tiara marianne ostier
Victoria Yu
Provenance: 
  1. Queen Geraldine of Albania
  2. Mamdouha Bobst; from her husband, Elmer Bobst, in 1966
  3. Unknown Owner; bought at auction at Sotheby's for $225,000 in April 2016

Other Wearers: 
queen geraldine of albania diamond tiara marianne ostier
Anupama Chakravartti
queen geraldine of albania diamond tiara marianne ostier
Mamdouha Bobst
queen geraldine of albania diamond tiara marianne ostier
Catharine Becket
Questions:
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

Links: 
Photos: Sotheby's

October 10, 2016