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June 26, 2017

Duchess of Angoulême's Sapphire Tiara

Sapphire Tiara Angouleme France Bapst Cholmondeley Sassoon
Creation:  This tiara was made by Bapst in 1819.  It was heavily altered using sapphires from the parure's necklace sometime between May 1937 and June 1953.

Materials: sapphires and diamonds
Sapphire Tiara Angouleme France Bapst Cholmondeley Sassoon
Marchioness of Cholmondeley
Sapphire Tiara Angouleme France Bapst Cholmondeley Sassoon
Marchioness of Cholmondeley

Provenance:
  1. Princess Marie Thérèse of France, Duchess of Angoulême; until her exile to the United Kingdom 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 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
  6. Unknown Owner; the tiara was sold at auction with the rest of the crown jewels in May 1887 by the French Third Republic
  7. Lady Aline Sassoon née Rothschild; a gift on the occasion of her 1887 marriage to Sir Edward Sassoon
  8. Sybil Cholmondeley née Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley; inherited from her mother in 1909
  9. Unknown Owner; sold at action at Christie's in 1973
Sapphire Tiara Angouleme France Bapst Cholmondeley Sassoon


Questions:
  • Which jeweller altered the tiara?
  • When was the tiara altered?
  • Does the tiara still exist in it's second form?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

June 19, 2017

Countess of Paris's Sapphire Tiara

Sapphire Tiara Countess Paris Isabelle France Mellerio
Creation: This tiara was made by Mellerio dits Meller.
Sapphire Tiara Countess Paris Isabelle France Mellerio
Countess of Paris
Sapphire Tiara Countess Paris Isabelle France Mellerio
Countess of Paris
Materials: sapphires and diamonds set in white gold
Sapphire Tiara Countess Paris Isabelle France Mellerio Claude
Princess Claude
Sapphire Tiara Countess Paris Isabelle France Mellerio Helene
Princess Helene
Provenance:
  1. Princess Isabelle of Orléans, Countess of Paris née Orléans-Braganza; from Action Française on the occasion of her 1931 marriage to Henri
  2. Princess Isabelle of Orléans, Countess of Schönborn-Buchheim; inherited from her mother in 2003
Sapphire Tiara Countess Paris Isabelle France Mellerio Adelaide
Princess Adelaide
Sapphire Tiara Countess Paris Isabelle France Mellerio Bernadette
Countess Bernadette
Other Wearers:
  • Princess Claude of Orléans
  • Princess Hélène of Orléans; at her 1957 wedding to Count Evrard de Limburg-Stirum
  • Princess Adelaide of Orléans; at her 2002 wedding Pierre-Louis Dailly
  • Countess Bernadette of  Schönborn-Buchheim née Metzingen; at her 2014 wedding to Count Melchior of Schönborn-Buchheim

June 12, 2017

Duchess of Montpensier's Sapphire Tiara

Sapphire Tiara Mellerio France Marie Therese Duchess of Montpensier
Creation:  This tiara was made in 1957 by Mellerio dits Meller.  It can be worn as a necklace.

Materials: sapphires and diamonds
Sapphire Tiara Mellerio France Marie Therese Duchess of Montpensier
Princess Marie Therese
Sapphire Tiara Mellerio France Philomena Duchess of Vendome
Princess Philomena
Provenance: 
  1. Princess Marie Thérèse of Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier née Duchess of Württemberg; from 'Restauration Nationale' on the occasion of her 1957 marriage to Prince Henri, Count of Paris

Other Wearers: 

June 5, 2017

Princess Maria Pia of Savoy's Ivy Wreath Tiara

Ivy Wreath Tiara Italy Savoy Princess Maria Pia
Princess Maria Pia
Ivy Wreath Tiara Italy Savoy Princess Maria Pia
Princess Maria Pia
Creation:  This tiara was made by Petochi in the 1950s from a devant de corsage that belonged to Queen Elena of Italy.

Materials:  pearls and diamonds
Ivy Wreath Tiara Italy Savoy Queen Elena
Queen Elena
Ivy Wreath Tiara Italy Savoy Princess Maria Gabriella
Princess Maria Gabriella
Provenance:
  1. Princess Maria Pia of Savoy; from her father King Umberto II of Italy

Other Wearers:
Princess Maria Beatrice

Questions:
  • Which jeweller made the original devant de corsage?
  • When was the original devant de corsage made?
  • Does Princess Maria Pia still own this tiara?

May 29, 2017

Pippa Middleton's Maidenhair Fern Tiara

Maidenhair Fern Tiara Pippa Middleton Diamond Robinson Pelham
Creation: This tiara was made by Robinson Pelham in 2017.

Materials:  diamonds set in 18K white gold

Provenance: 
  1. Pippa Middleton Matthews
Maidenhair Fern Tiara Pippa Middleton Diamond Robinson Pelham
Pippa Middleton
Maidenhair Fern Tiara Pippa Middleton Diamond Robinson Pelham
Pippa Middleton
Maidenhair Fern Tiara Pippa Middleton Diamond Robinson Pelham
Pippa Middleton
Questions: 
  • Does this tiara convert into other pieces of jewellery?

Links: 
Photos: Robinson Pelham

May 22, 2017

Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden's Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara

Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden
Creation:  This tiara was made by Schmidt-Staub circa 1907.  The diamonds are set à jour meaning the back is left open to allow light to pass through them.

Materials: 367 diamonds set in gold and platinum
Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden
Grand Duchess Hilda
Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden
Grand Duchess Hilda
Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden née Princess of Nassau
  2. Crown Princess Antonia of Bavaria née Princess of Luxembourg; inherited from her aunt in 1952
  3. Princess Editha of Bavaria; inherited from her mother in 1954
  4. Rika Zaraï; bought at auction in 1973
  5. Badisches Landesmuseum; bought in 1984
  6. Unknown; stolen from the museum in April 2017
Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden Princess Editha
Princess Editha
Diamond Kokoshnik Tiara Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden Rika Zarai
Rika Zarai
Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

Links:

May 8, 2017

Queen Margherita of Italy's Diamond Wreath Tiara

Laurel Wreath Diamond Tiara Mellerio Queen Margherita Italy
Creation:  This tiara was made by Mellerio dits Meller in 1867 and was shown at the Universal Exhibition in Paris.

Materials:  diamonds set in gold and silver
Laurel Wreath Diamond Tiara Mellerio Queen Margherita Italy
Queen Margherita
Laurel Wreath Diamond Tiara Mellerio Queen Margherita Italy
Queen Margherita
Provenance:
  1. Queen Margherita of Italy née Princess of Savoy-Genoa; from her father-in-law, King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, on the occasion of her 1868 marriage to King Umberto I of Italy
  2. Queen Elena of Italy née Princess of Montenegro; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1926
  3. Queen Marie José of Italy née Princess of Belgium; inherited from her mother-in-law in 1952
  4. Albion Art Institute
Laurel Wreath Diamond Tiara Mellerio Queen Margherita Italy
Queen Margherita
Laurel Wreath Diamond Tiara Mellerio Queen Margherita Italy Marie Jose
Queen Marie José
Laurel Wreath Diamond Tiara Mellerio Queen Margherita Italy Marie Jose
Queen Marie José
Questions:
  • When was this tiara acquired by Albion Art?

Links:

May 1, 2017

Duchess of Aosta's Knots & Stars Tiara

Knots Stars Tiara Princess Helene Duchess Aosta Savoy Musy
Creation:  This tiara was made by Musy in 1895.  It can be worn with just the Savoy knots and five emerald drops attached to the top.

Materials:  diamonds and optional emeralds
Knots Stars Tiara Princess Helene Duchess Aosta Savoy Musy
Princess Hélène
Knots Stars Tiara Princess Helene Duchess Aosta Savoy Musy
Princess Hélène
Provenance:
  1. Princess Hélène, Duchess of Aosta née Princess of Orléans;  from King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Italy on the occasion of her 1895 marriage to Prince Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta
Knots Stars Tiara Princess Helene Duchess Aosta Savoy Musy Emerald
Princess Hélène

Questions:

Links:

April 24, 2017

Queen Margherita of Italy's Savoy Knot Pearl Tiara

Pearl Tiara Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy
Queen Margherita
Pearl Tiara Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy
Queen Margherita
Creation:  This tiara was made by Musy in 1883.

Materials: pearls and diamonds
Pearl Tiara Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy Elena
Queen Elena

Provenance:
  1. Queen Margherita of Italy née Princess of Savoy-Genoa 
  2. Queen Elena of Italy née Princess of Montenegro; when her husband acceded to the Italian throne in 1900
  3. Queen Marie José of Italy née Princess of Belgium; when her husband acceded to the Italian throne in May1946
  4. Banca d'Italia; left behind along with other jewels with a note that said 'to those entitled' when the royal family left for exile in June 1946

Questions:
  •  When will Italy make a decision regarding the fate of the jewels in the Banca d'Italia?

April 17, 2017

Duchess of Calabria's Ruby Tiara

Ruby Tiara Alicia Calabria Bourbon-Two Sicilies Chaumet
Creation: This tiara was made by Chaumet circa 1915 and can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  diamonds and rubies

Provenance:
  1. Infanta Alicia of Spain, Duchess of Calabria née Princess of Bourbon-Parma; from her husband, Infante Alfonso of Spain, Duke of Calabria on the occasion of their 1936 marriage
  2. Princess Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Marquesa de Laula; from her mother
  3. Faerber Collection; bought from Princess Teresa
  4. Unknown Owner; bought from the Faerber Collection
Ruby Tiara Alicia Calabria Bourbon-Two Sicilies Chaumet Ines
Princess Inés
Ruby Tiara Alicia Calabria Bourbon-Two Sicilies Chaumet Teresa Laula
Princess Teresa
Ruby Tiara Alicia Calabria Bourbon-Two Sicilies Chaumet Teresa Laula
Princess Teresa
Other Wearers:
  • Princess Ines of Bourbon-Two Sicilies; at the pre-wedding ball of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain in 1962
  • Beatriz Moreno y Bourbon; at her 1995 wedding to Lucas de Urquijo
  • Delia Moreno y Bourbon; at her 2005 wedding to Álvaro Ledesma
Ruby Tiara Alicia Calabria Bourbon-Two Sicilies Chaumet Beatriz Laula
Beatriz Moreno y Bourbon
Ruby Tiara Alicia Calabria Bourbon-Two Sicilies Chaumet Delia Laula
Delia Moreno y Bourbon
Questions:
  • Who currently owns this tiara?
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

Links: