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August 9, 2016

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia's Pearl Coronet

empress alexandra feodorovna russia boucheron pearl coronet tiara
Creation: This tiara was made by Boucheron.

Materials: 18 pearls and 697 diamonds
Empress Alexandra
Empress Alexandra
Provenance:
  1. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia née Princess Alix of Hesse; from her husband, Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, on the occasion of their 1894 engagement
Empress Alexandra
Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact? 
  • What happened to this tiara after is was taken by the Bolsheviks following the Russian Revolution?

Links:
Photos: Boucheron

August 2, 2016

Countess of Essex's Diamond Tiara

countess essex diamond tiara cartier
Creation: This tiara was made by Cartier in 1902.

Materials: diamonds set in silver and gold
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Clementine Churchill

Provenance:
  1. Adele Capell née Grant, Countess of Essex; from her husband 
  2. Unknown Owner;
  3. Diamond Merchant; bought at auction at Christie's in 1990
  4. Cartier Collection; bought by Eric Nussbaum, director of the Cartier Collection from a diamond merchant in 1990
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Crown Princess Margareta
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Vogue model
Other Wearers:
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Rihanna
Links:
Photos: Cartier/W Magazine/Vogue UK

August 1, 2016

Princess Olga Paley's Diamond Drop Tiara

princess olga paley russia cartier diamond drop tiara
Creation: This tiara was made by Cartier in 1911 from an existing tiara that had been made by Cartier in 1908. It can be worn as a devant de corsage.

Materials: diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Olga Valerianovna Paley née Karnovitch von Pistohlkors
Princess Olga
Princess Olga
Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact? 
  • Was this tiara part of the jewels that were confiscated by the Bolsheviks from Grand Duke Paul's bank deposit vault in 1918?

July 26, 2016

Princess Olga Paley's Aquamarine Aigrette Tiara

princess olga paley russia cartier aquamarine aigrette tiara
Creation: This tiara was made by Cartier in 1912.

Materials: aquamarines and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Olga Valerianovna Paley née Karnovich von Pistohlkors
  2. Unknown Owner; inherited in 1929 
  3. Dimitri Zafiropulo; bought in 1930
  4. Fanny Zafiropulo Bouboulis; inherited from her father in 1959
  5. Unknown Owner; sold at auction at Sotheby's in 2009 for $512,014
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Lauren Cuthbertson
princess olga paley russia cartier aquamarine aigrette tiara
unknown woman
Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • Who currently owns this tiara? 
  • Who inherited the tiara after Princess Olga passed away in 1929?

Links:
Photos: Sotheby's

July 19, 2016

Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia's Sapphire Kokoshnik

empress maria alexandrovna russia sapphire kokoshnik tiara
Creation:

Materials:  sapphires and diamonds set in gold and silver

Provenance:
  1. Empress Maria Alexandrovna of Russia née Princess Marie of Hesse
  2. Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia; inherited from his mother in 1880
  3. Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia; inherited from his brother in 1908

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Does this tiara still exist intact? 
  • Was this tiara part of the jewels that were confiscated by the Bolsheviks from Grand Duke Paul's bank deposit vault in 1918?

Links:

July 15, 2016

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia's Ruby Kokoshnik

grand duchess maria pavlovna vladimir russia ruby kokoshnik tiara cartier
Creation: This tiara was made by Cartier in 1908 using the 5.22 carat Beauharnais ruby.

Materials: rubies and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia née Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  2. Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich of Russia; inherited from his mother in 1920
  3. Princess Anastasia of Greece née Nancy Mae Leeds
  4. Princess Xenia Georgievna of Russia; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her 1921 marriage to William B. Leeds, Jr.

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

Links:

July 11, 2016

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia's Emerald Parure Tiara

Empress Alexandra of Russia Bolin Emerald Tiara
Creation: This tiara was made by Sophia Schwan for Bolin in 1900.

Materials: Colombian emeralds and South African diamonds set in gold and silver

Provenance:
  1. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia neé Princess Alix of Hesse 
Empress Alexandra Russia Bolin Emerald Tiara
Empress Alexandra

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact? 
  • What happened to this tiara after is was taken by the Bolsheviks following the Russian Revolution?

Links:

July 4, 2016

June 27, 2016

Grace Wilson Vanderbilt's Diamond Tiara

Grace Wilson Vanderbilt Cartier Diamond Kokoshnik tiara
Creation: This tiara was created by Cartier in 1909.

Materials: diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Grace Wilson Vanderbilt
Grace Wilson Vanderbilt Cartier Diamond Kokoshnik tiara
Grace Vanderbilt
Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

June 20, 2016

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia's Drop Pearl Kokoshnik

empress alexandra feodorovna russia bolin pearl drop kokoshnik tiara
Creation: This tiara was made in 1841 by Bolin. In 1987, a replica of the tiara was made for the Diamond Fund.

Materials: 144 diamonds and 25 pearls

Provenance:
  1. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia neé Princess Charlotte of Prussia
  2. Diamond Fund; until the Russian Revolution when it was sold by the Bolsheviks
  3. Holmes and Co.; bought at auction at Christie's in 1927
  4. Gladys Spencer-Churchill neé Deacon, Duchess of Marlborough; from her husband Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough who bought it for £3,500
  5. Unknown London Jeweler; bought at auction in 1978
  6. Imelda Marcos
  7. Central Bank of the Philippines; confiscated by the Philippine government in 1986
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Duchess of Marlborough
Other Wearers:
empress alexandra feodorovna russia bolin pearl drop kokoshnik tiara
Modern Replica
Questions:
  • Was this tiara commissioned by Emperor Alexander I or Nicholas I of Russia?
  • Are there any pictures of this tiara being worn by any of the Russian Empresses?
  • When did Imelda Marcos acquire the tiara?

Links: