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March 20, 2017

Princess Maria Kinsky's Honeysuckle Tiara

Princess Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara Liechtenstein
Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1870 and can be worn as a necklace.

Materials: diamonds set in gold and silver
Princess Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara Liechtenstein
Princess Mathilde
Princess Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara Liechtenstein
Hereditary Princess Sophie
Princess Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara Liechtenstein
Princess Marie
Provenance:
  1. Princess Maria Kinsky née Princess of Liechtenstein; from her husband, Ferdinand Bonaventura, 7th Prince Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau
  2. Prince Karl Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau; inherited from his mother in 1905
  3. Prince Rudolf Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau; inherited from his brother in 1919
  4. Prince Ulrich Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau; inherited from his uncle in 1930
  5. Princess Franz Ulrich Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau; inherited from his father in 1938
  6. Princess Marie of Liechtenstein née Countess Kinsky of Wchinitz and Tettau; from her husband, Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein
Princess Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara Liechtenstein
Princess Tatjana
Princess Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara Liechtenstein
Princess Angela
Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • When did Prince Hans Adam buy this tiara from the Kinsky family?

Links:

March 13, 2017

Countess Spencer's Diamond Tiara

Spencer Tiara Princess Diana Wales
Creation:  This tiara was made from various pieces that were put together by Garrard in the 1930s.  The central and end portions were given to Cynthia Spencer by Lady Sarah Spencer when she married in 1919.  Garrard created four additional elements and mounted all of the pieces together as a tiara.

Materials:  diamonds set in silver and gold
Spencer Tiara Jane Fellowes
Jane Fellowes
Spencer Tiara Victoria Lockwood
Victoria Lockwood
Spencer Tiara Sarah McCorquodale
Sarah McCorquodale
Provenance:
  1. Cynthia Spencer née Hamilton, Countess Spencer 
  2. John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer; inherited from his mother in 1972
  3. Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer; inherited from his father in 1992
Spencer Tiara Princess Diana Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales
Spencer Tiara Princess Diana Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales
Other Wearers:
Spencer Tiara Princess Diana Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales
Spencer Tiara Princess Diana Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales
Questions: 
  • When were the central and end elements created? 
  • Which jewellers created the central and end elements?
  • Did the end elements belong to Frances Browne née Manby, Viscountess Montagu?

Links:

March 6, 2017

Carrie Underwood's Diamond TIara

Carrie Underwood Diamond Tiara Johnathon Arndt
Creation:  This tiara was made by Johnathon Arndt.

Materials:  40 carats of diamonds set in white gold
Carrie Underwood Diamond Tiara Johnathon Arndt
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood Diamond Tiara Johnathon Arndt
Carrie Underwood
Provenance:
  1. Carrie Underwood; from her husband, Mike Fisher, on the occasion of their 2010 wedding

February 20, 2017

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia's Waterfall Aigrette Tiara

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna Vladimir Russia Waterfall Aigrette Cartier
Creation: This tiara was made by Cartier in 1908 from an existing aigrette.

Materials: diamonds
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna Vladimir Russia Waterfall Aigrette Cartier
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna

Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia née Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin


Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

February 13, 2017

Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco's Diamond Tiara

Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco Diamond Tiara
Princess Lalla Khadija
Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco Diamond Tiara
Princess Lalla Khadija
Creation: 

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco
Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco Diamond Tiara
Princess Lalla Khadija
Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco Diamond Tiara
Princess Lalla Khadija
Questions: 
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

February 6, 2017

Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia's Sapphire Wave Tiara

Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia Sapphire Wave Tiara
Creation:  This tiara could be worn attached to a fabric kokoshnik.

Materials: sapphires and diamonds
Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia Sapphire Wave Tiara
Empress Maria Feodorovna

Provenance:
  1. Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia née Princess Dagmar of Denmark

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Does this tiara still exist intact? 
  • What happened to this tiara after it was taken by the Bolshviks following the Russian Revolution?

Links:

January 30, 2017

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia's Diadem of Ancient Pearls

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia Diadem of Ancient Pearls
Creation: This tiara was made using older pearls and diamonds from the Diamond Fund.

Materials: diamonds and pearls

Provenance:
  1. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia née Princess Alix of Hesse
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia Diadem of Ancient Pearls
Empress Alexandra
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia Diadem of Ancient Pearls
Empress Alexandra
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara? 
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • What happened to this tiara after it was taken by the Bolshviks following the Russian Revolution?

Links:

January 23, 2017

Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia's Pearl Wave Tiara

Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia Pearl Wave Tiara
Creation: This tiara was made in the late 1880s using pearls from the diamond fund.

Materials: pearls and diamonds
Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia Pearl Wave Tiara
Empress Maria Feodorovna

Provenance:
  1. Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia née Princess Dagmar of Denmark

Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • What happened to this tiara after it was taken by the Bolshviks following the Russian Revolution?

Links:

January 16, 2017

Empress Eugenie of France's Fringe Tiara

Empress Eugenie France Fringe Tiara Bapst
Creation:  This tiara was created by Bapst in 1864.

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Empress Eugénie of France; as consort of Napoleon III beginning in 1853 until her exile in 1870
  2. French State Treasury; the tiara was kept at Brest, France from 1870 to 1872 along with the rest of the crown jewels and then moved to a vault at the Ministry of Finance, it was displayed at the 1878 Exposition Universelle and at the Musée du Louvre in 1884
  3. Unknown Owner; the tiara was sold at auction with the rest of the crown jewels in May 1887 by the French Third Republic

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?