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February 20, 2017

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia's Waterfall Aigrette Tiara

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna Vladimir Russia Waterfall Aigrette Cartier
Creation: This tiara was made by Cartier in 1908 from an existing aigrette.

Materials: diamonds
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna Vladimir Russia Waterfall Aigrette Cartier
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna

Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia née Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin


Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

February 13, 2017

Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco's Diamond Tiara

Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco Diamond Tiara
Princess Lalla Khadija
Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco Diamond Tiara
Princess Lalla Khadija
Creation: 

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco
Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco Diamond Tiara
Princess Lalla Khadija
Princess Lalla Khadija of Morocco Diamond Tiara
Princess Lalla Khadija
Questions: 
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?

February 6, 2017

Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia's Sapphire Wave Tiara

Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia Sapphire Wave Tiara
Creation:  This tiara could be worn attached to a fabric kokoshnik.

Materials: sapphires and diamonds
Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia Sapphire Wave Tiara
Empress Maria Feodorovna

Provenance:
  1. Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia née Princess Dagmar of Denmark

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Does this tiara still exist intact? 
  • What happened to this tiara after it was taken by the Bolshviks following the Russian Revolution?

Links:

January 30, 2017

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia's Diadem of Ancient Pearls

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia Diadem of Ancient Pearls
Creation: This tiara was made using older pearls and diamonds from the Diamond Fund.

Materials: diamonds and pearls

Provenance:
  1. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia née Princess Alix of Hesse
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia Diadem of Ancient Pearls
Empress Alexandra
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia Diadem of Ancient Pearls
Empress Alexandra
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweller created this tiara? 
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • What happened to this tiara after it was taken by the Bolshviks following the Russian Revolution?

Links:

January 23, 2017

Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia's Pearl Wave Tiara

Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia Pearl Wave Tiara
Creation: This tiara was made in the late 1880s using pearls from the diamond fund.

Materials: pearls and diamonds
Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia Pearl Wave Tiara
Empress Maria Feodorovna

Provenance:
  1. Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia née Princess Dagmar of Denmark

Questions:
  • Which jeweller created this tiara?
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • What happened to this tiara after it was taken by the Bolshviks following the Russian Revolution?

Links:

January 16, 2017

Empress Eugenie of France's Fringe Tiara

Empress Eugenie France Fringe Tiara Bapst
Creation:  This tiara was created by Bapst in 1864.

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Empress Eugénie of France; as consort of Napoleon III beginning in 1853 until her exile in 1870
  2. 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
  3. Unknown Owner; the tiara was sold at auction with the rest of the crown jewels in May 1887 by the French Third Republic

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

January 9, 2017

Empress Eugenie of France's Meander Tiara

Empress Eugenie France Meander Greek Key Tiara Bapst
Creation:  This tiara was made by Bapst in 1867.  It was the third in a series of meander tiaras made by Bapst for Empress Eugenie.  The first two tiaras were made in 1856 and 1864 and had the Regent Diamond placed in the center and then on top of the tiara, before being completely removed in the 1867 version.

Materials:  612 diamonds totaling 320 carats
Empress Eugenie France Meander Greek Key Tiara Bapst Regent
1856 version
Empress Eugenie France Meander Greek Key Tiara Bapst Regent
Empress Eugenie in the 1864 version


Provenance:
  1. Empress Eugénie of France; as consort of Napoleon III beginning in 1853 until her exile in 1870
  2. 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
  3. Germain Bapst; the tiara was sold at auction with the rest of the crown jewels in May 1887 by the French Third Republic for 131,500 francs

Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

January 2, 2017

Empress Marie Louise of France's Ears of Wheat Tiara

Empress Marie Louise of France Ears of Wheat Tiara Chaumet Nitot
Creation:  This tiara was created by Chaumet using nine of the one hundred and fifty diamond ears of wheat that were made by Marie-Étienne Nitot for Empress Marie Louise of France in 1811.

Empress Marie Louise of France Ears of Wheat Tiara Chaumet Nitot
unknown model
Materials:  diamonds set in silver and gold

Provenance:
  1. Chaumet

Other Wearers:
  • Unknown Model in Paris Match

Questions:
  • When did Chaumet make the ears of wheat into a tiara?
  • How did Chaumet acquire Empress Marie Louise's ears of wheat?
Photos:  Chaumet

December 26, 2016

Duchess of Angoulême's Turquoise Tiara

France Duchess Angouleme Turquoise Tiara Bapst
Creation: This tiara was made by Frederic and Evrard Bapst in 1820 using stones from the French Crown collection.

Materials: turquoises and diamonds

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

Questions: 
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?

December 19, 2016

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia's Turquoise Tiara

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia Turquoise Tiara
Creation:  This tiara was made in 1895 by Fabergé.

Materials:  turquoises and diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia née Princess Alix of Hesse

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