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October 2, 2017

Princess Alice of Greece's Aquamarine Tiara

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Princess Alice
aquamarine tiara princess alice andrew greece battenberg
Princess Alice
Creation:  This tiara was dismantled to create the engagement ring and wedding gift bracelet given by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to Queen Elizabeth II.  The ring and bracelet were both created by Philip Antrobus in 1947.

Materials:  aquamarines and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Andrew of Greece & Denmark née Princess Alice of Battenberg; from Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra of Russia on the occasion of her 1903 marriage to Prince Andrew of Greece & Denmark

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara? 

Links:

September 25, 2017

Duchess of Gloucester's Diamond Tiara

diamond tiara princess alice duchess of gloucester
Creation:

Materials: diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester née Montagu Douglas Scott; from her husband, Prince Henry, on the occasion of their 1935 wedding
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Princess Alice
diamond tiara princess alice duchess of gloucester
Princess Alice
Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

September 18, 2017

Crown Princess Cecilie of Prussia's Meander Tiara

meander tiara prussian crown princess cecilie germany diamond kokoshnik
Creation:  This tiara was made by Koch in 1905.

Materials:  diamonds set in platinum
Crown Princess Cecilie
meander tiara prussian crown princess cecilie germany diamond kokoshnik kira
Princess Kira
meander tiara prussian crown princess cecilie germany diamond kokoshnik
Crown Princess Cecilie
Provenance:
  1. German Crown Princess Cecilie, Crown Princess of Prussia née Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; from her husband, Crown Prince Wilhelm, on the occasion of their marriage
  2. Princess Kira of Prussia née Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Louis Ferdinand in 1938
  3. Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia; inherited from is mother in 1967
  4. Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia; inherited from is father in 1977
meander tiara prussian crown princess cecilie germany diamond kokoshnik marie
Princess Marie Cecilie
meander tiara prussian crown princess cecilie germany diamond kokoshnik xenia
Princess Xenia
Other Wearers:
meander tiara prussian crown princess cecilie germany diamond kokoshnik sophie
Princess Sophie
meander tiara prussian crown princess cecilie germany diamond kokoshnik viktoria
Princess Viktoria Luise
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September 11, 2017

Duchess of Wellington's Diamond Tiara

Diamond Tiara Duchess of Wellington Elizabeth Wellesley
Elizabeth Wellesley
Diamond Tiara Duchess of Wellington Kathleen Wellesley
Kathleen Wellesley
Diamond Tiara Duchess of Wellington Kathleen Wellesley
Kathleen Wellesley
Creation:

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Elizabeth Wellesley née Hay, Duchess of Wellington
  2. Arthur Wellesley, 4th Duke of Wellington; inherited his aunt in 1904
  3. Arthur Wellesley, 5th Duke of Wellington; inherited in 1934
  4. Henry Wellesley, 6th Duke of Wellington; inherited in 1941
  5. Gerald Wellesley, 7th Duke of Wellington; inherited in 1943
  6. Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington; inherited in 1972
  7. Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington; inherited in 2014
Diamond Tiara Duchess of Wellington Antonia Wellesley
Antonia Wellesley
Diamond Tiara Duchess of Wellington Antonia Wellesley
Antonia Wellesley
Other Wearers:
Diamond Tiara Duchess of Wellington Antonia Wellesley
Antonia Wellesley
Diamond Tiara Duchess of Wellington Antonia Wellesley
Antonia Wellesley
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

Links:

September 4, 2017

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom's Filigree Tiara

Filigree Diamond Tiara Queen Mary United Kingdom
Queen Mary
Filigree Diamond Tiara Queen Mary United Kingdom
Queen Mary
Creation:

Materials: diamonds
Filigree Diamond Tiara Queen Mary United Kingdom
Queen Mary

Provenance: 
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom née Princess of Teck

Questions: 
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Who is the current owner of this tiara?
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

August 28, 2017

Marchioness of Tavistock's Amethyst Tiara

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Creation: This tiara was made circa 1870 using a piece of older jewellery that had been made by Jean-Baptiste Fossin circa 1830.

Materials: amethyst and diamonds set in gold and silver

Provenance:
  1. Francis Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford
  2. George Russell, 10th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his father in 1891
  3. Herbrand Russell, 11th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his brother in 1893
  4. Hastings Russell, 12th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his father in 1940
  5. Ian Russell, 13th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his father in 1953
  6. Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his father 2002
  7. Andrew Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his father in 2003
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Lydia Russell
 Other Wearers:
  • Lydia Russell née Lyle, Duchess of Bedford; 2nd wife of the 13th Duke

Questions:


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August 14, 2017

Duchess of Bedford's Floral Tiara

Diamond Floral Tiara Duchess of Bedford Fossin
Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1830 by Jean-Baptiste Fossin.

Materials:  diamonds set in gold and silver
Diamond Floral Tiara Duchess of Bedford Fossin Mary Russell
Mary Russell
Diamond Floral Tiara Duchess of Bedford Fossin Henrietta Russell
Henrietta Russell
Provenance:
  1. Anna Russell née Stanhope, Duchess of Bedford 
  2. William Russell, 8th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his mother in 1857
  3. Francis Russell, 9th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his cousin in 1872
  4. George Russell, 10th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his father in 1891 
  5. Herbrand Russell, 11th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his brother in 1893
  6. Hastings Russell, 12th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his father in 1940
  7. Ian Russell, 13th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his father in 1953
  8. Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his father 2002
  9. Andrew Russell, 15th Duke of Bedford; inherited from his father in 2003
Diamond Floral Tiara Duchess of Bedford Fossin Nicole Russell
Nicole Russell

Other Wearers:

Questions:

Links:
Photos: Chaumet

August 7, 2017

Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom's Bracelet Bandeau Tiara

Queen Elizabeth United Kingdom Cartier Bracelet Tiara
Creation:  This tiara was made by Cartier in 1925.  It can be assembled from a combination of three of a set of five bracelets; one emerald, one ruby, one sapphire, and two diamond.
Queen Elizabeth United Kingdom Cartier Bracelet Tiara
Materials:  emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds
Queen Elizabeth United Kingdom Cartier Bracelet Tiara
Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth United Kingdom Cartier Bracelet Tiara
Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth United Kingdom Cartier Bracelet Tiara
Queen Elizabeth
Provenance:
  1. Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; from her husband on separate occasions in 1924 and 1925
  2. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; inherited from her mother in 2002
Queen Elizabeth United Kingdom Cartier Bracelet Tiara
Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth United Kingdom Cartier Bracelet Tiara
Queen Elizabeth II
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July 31, 2017

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom's Regal Circlet

Queen Victoria United Kingdom Regal Circlet Tiara
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria United Kingdom Regal Circlet Tiara Mary
Queen Mary
Creation:  This tiara was made by Garrard in 1853 but had to be remade in 1958 after some of the diamonds were lost to the Hanoverian claim.  The crosses pattée and fleurs de lys were removable and could be replaced with four anthemion elements which were later used in the Countess of Wessex's wedding tiara.  There was also a fitting for the Koh-i-Noor diamond.  The diamonds were removed in 1937 so that they could be used in Queen Elizabeth's consort crown.

Materials:  diamonds set in silver and gold

Provenance:
  1. Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom
  2. Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom née Princess of Denmark; in 1901
  3. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom née Princess of Teck; in 1910
  4. Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; in 1936
  5. Royal Collection; the frame without the diamonds after 1937
Queen Victoria United Kingdom Regal Circlet Tiara
Questions:
  • Was this tiara a remodeling of a tiara belonging to Queen Adelaide? 

Links:

July 24, 2017

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom's Diamond Lozenge Tiara

Queen Mary United Kingdom Diamond Lonzenge Bandeau Tiara
Queen Mary
Queen Mary United Kingdom Diamond Lonzenge Bandeau Tiara Princess Margaret
Princess Margaret
Creation:  This tiara could be worn topped with 13 pearls.

Materials:  diamonds with optional pearls

Provenance:
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

Links: