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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:
  1. Did this tiara originally belong to Queen Caroline of Naples?

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
Links:

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:

July 17, 2017

Empress Josephine of France's Brunswick Tiara

Brunswick Diamond Tiara Hanover Germany Princess Victoria Louise
Creation:  In 1913, the tiara was extensively repaired by Hermann Jürgens, the court jeweller of Brunswick, including replacing two of the large diamonds.

Materials:  diamonds
Brunswick Diamond Tiara Hanover Germany Princess Victoria Louise
Princess Victoria Louise
Brunswick Diamond Tiara Hanover Germany Princess Victoria Louise
Princess Victoria Louise
Provenance:
  1. Empress Josephine of France
  2. Unknown Owner
  3. Moritz Ellimeyer; court jeweller of Saxony in Dresden
  4. Princess Victoria Louise of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick née Princess of Prussia; from the people of Brunswick on the occasion of her 1913 marriage to Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick
  5. Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick; inherited from his mother in 1980
  6. Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick; inherited from his father in 1987

Other Wearers:
Brunswick Diamond Tiara Hanover Germany Princess Caroline Monaco
Princess Caroline
Brunswick Diamond Tiara Hanover Germany Princess Caroline Monaco
Princess Caroline
Questions:
  • How did this tiara come to be in the possession of Moritz Ellimeyer?
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

Links:

July 10, 2017

Princess Victoria Louise of Hanover's Floral Tiara

Hanover Floral Tiara Princess Victoria Louise Ekaterina
Hereditary Princess Ekaterina
Hanover Floral Tiara Princess Victoria Louise Ekaterina
Hereditary Princess Ekaterina
Creation:

Materials:  diamonds set in silver and gold

Provenance:
  1. Princess Victoria Louise of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick née Princess of Prussia; wore at wedding to Prince Ernst August 1913 
  2. Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick; inherited from his mother in 1980
  3. Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick; inherited from his father in 1987
Hanover Floral Tiara Princess Victoria Louise Caroline Monaco
Princess Caroline
Hanover Floral Tiara Princess Victoria Louise Caroline Monaco
Princess Caroline
Other Wearers:
  • Chantal Hochuli
  • Princess Caroline of Monaco; at the 2004 pre-wedding gala of Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
  • Hereditary Princess Ekaterina of Hanover née Malysheva; at her 2017 wedding to Hereditary Prince Ernst August of Hanover
Hanover Floral Tiara Princess Victoria Louise Chantal
Chantal Hochuli
Hanover Floral Tiara Princess Victoria Louise Chantal
Chantal Hochuli
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Does Hereditary Prince Ernst August of Hanover currently own this tiara?

Links:

July 3, 2017

Countess of Paris's Diamond Bandeau Tiara

Diamond Bandeau Tiara Isabelle Orleans Countess Paris France
Creation:  This tiara was made by Fillon using the diamonds from a fleur-de-lys tiara that belonged to Princess Francoise of Orléans, Duchess of Chartres.  It can be worn as a bracelet and two brooches.

Materials:  diamonds
Diamond Bandeau Tiara Isabelle Orleans Countess Paris France
Countess of Paris
Diamond Bandeau Tiara Isabelle Orleans Countess Paris France
Countess of Paris
Provenance:
  1. Princess Isabelle of Orléans, Countess of Paris née Princess of Orléans-Braganza; from her husband on the occasion of her 1931 marriage
  2. Prince Michel of Orléans, Count of Évreux and Princess Diane, Duchess of Württemberg;   Michel inherited the bracelet and Diane inherited the brooches from their mother in 2003
Diamond Bandeau Tiara Isabelle Orleans Countess Paris France
Princess Isabelle
Diamond Bandeau Tiara Isabelle Orleans Countess Paris France Claude
Princess Claude
Other Wearers:
  • Princess Isabelle of Orléans, Countess of Schönborn-Buchheim
  • Princess Claude of Orléans
  • Princess Clotilde of Orléans; at her 1993 wedding to Edouard Crépy
Diamond Bandeau Tiara Isabelle Orleans Countess Paris France Clotilde
Princess Clotilde

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: