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?

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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?

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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?

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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
empress alexandra feodorovna russia bolin pearl drop kokoshnik tiara
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:

June 13, 2016

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark's Ruby & Diamond Necklace Tiara

crown princess mary denmark ruby necklace tiara
Crown Princess Mary
crown princess mary denmark ruby necklace tiara
Crown Princess Mary
Creation: This tiara was made circa 1900-1910 and can be worn as a necklace.

Materials: diamonds, rubies, and spinels mounted in silver and gold

Provenance:
  1. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Questions:
  • Who owned this tiara prior to it being auctioned at Bruun Rasmussen in 2012?
crown princess mary denmark ruby necklace tiara
Crown Princess Mary
crown princess mary denmark ruby necklace tiara

Links:
Photos: Bruun Rasmussen

November 23, 2015

Joanna Newsom's Opal Tiara

Joanna Newsome opal tiara irene neuwirth
Creation: This tiara was made by Irene Neuwirth in 2013.

Materials: opals, emeralds, and diamonds set in gold

Provenance:
  1. Joanna Newsom; on the occasion of her 2013 marriage to Andy Samberg
Joanna Newsome opal tiara irene neuwirth
Questions:
  • Are there any photos of Joanna Newsom wearing the tiara?
Photos: Irene Neuwirth

November 11, 2015

Lady Allan's Pearl Meander Tiara

lady allan cartier pearl diamond meander tiara
Creation: This tiara was made by Cartier in 1909.

Materials: pearls and diamonds
lady allan cartier pearl diamnd meander tiara
Lady Allan
lady allan cartier pearl diamnd meander tiara
Lady Allan
Provenance:
  • Lady Marguerite Allan; from her husband, Sir Hugh Montagu Allan
  • Elspeth Paterson Dawes; inherited from her cousin in 1957
  • Elspeth Bourne Straker; inherited from her grandmother
  • Unknown Owner; sold at auction at Sotheby's in November 2015 for $799,265

Other Wearers:
lady allan cartier pearl diamnd meander tiara
Catharine Becket
lady allan cartier pearl diamnd meander tiara
Nathalie Rodwell
Links:
Photos: Sotheby's

November 10, 2015

Duchess of Westminster's Blue Enamel Kokoshnik

westminster chaumet blue enamel kokoshnik tiara
Creation: This tiara was made by Chaumet circa 1910.

Materials: blue plique-à-jour enamel and diamonds set in gold and platinum.

Provenance:
  1. Constance Lewes neé Cornwallis-West , Duchess of Westminster; from her husband, Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster in 1911
  2. Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster; after their 1919 divorce
  3. Unknown Owner
  4. Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster
  5. Unknown Owner; sold at auction at Christie's in November 2015 for $677,899
westminster chaumet blue enamel kokoshinik tiara
Beanie Major

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • Who were the owner(s) of the tiara between the the 2nd and 6th Duke of Westminster?

Links:
Photos: Christie's/David Warren