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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?

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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?

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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:

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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?

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April 10, 2017

Duchess of Calabria's Sapphire Tiara

Sapphire Tiara Chaumet Princess Alicia Duchess Calabria Bourbon Two Sicilies
Creation:  This tiara was made by Chaumet in 1936.  It was made using stones that belonged to Infante Alfonso's grandmother, Queen Maria Christina of Spain.

Materials:  sapphires and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Infanta Alicia of Spain, Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Calabria née Princess of Bourbon-Parma; from her husband, Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, on the occasion of their 1936 marriage
  2. Unknown Owner; sold at auction at Christie's in 1982
Sapphire Tiara Chaumet Princess Alicia Duchess Calabria Bourbon Two Sicilies
Infanta Alicia

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

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April 3, 2017

Margaret Greville's Emerald Tiara

Margaret Greville Emerald Tiara Boucheron
Creation:  This tiara was made by Boucheron in 1921.  The center emerald is 93.70 carats.

Materials:  emeralds and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Dame Margaret Greville
  2. Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom; inherited in 1942 as part of the Greville Bequest
  3. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom; inherited in 2002

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

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March 27, 2017

Queen Margherita of Italy's Pearl & Diamond Tiara

Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy Pearl Tiara
Creation: This tiara was made by Musy in 1904 using jewels from Queen Margherita's collection.  It can be worn in at least eight different configurations.
Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy Pearl Tiara
Queen Margherita
Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy Pearl Tiara Marie Jose
Queen Marie Jose
Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy Pearl Tiara Marie Jose
Queen Marie Jose
Materials: diamonds and pearls
Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy Pearl Tiara Marie Jose
Queen Marie Jose
Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy Pearl Tiara Marie Jose
Queen Marie Jose
Provenance:
  1. Queen Margherita of Italy née Princess of Savoy-Genoa; commissioned on the occasion of the birth of her grandson in 1904 
  2. Queen Marie José of Italy née Princess of Belgium; inherited by her husband, King Umberto II, from his grandmother in 1926 and given to her on the occasion of their marriage in 1930
  3. Princess Marina of Naples née Ricolfi-Doria; inherited from her mother-in-law in 2001
Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy Pearl Tiara Marina Naples
Princess Marina
Queen Margherita Italy Savoy Musy Pearl Tiara Marie Jose
six configurations


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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?

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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?

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