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April 12, 2021

Princess Maria Francesca of Bourbon Parma's Diamond Tiara

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Creation: This tiara was made by Petochi in the late 1930s using diamonds that belonged to the Italian royal family.  It can be dismantled into brooches.

Materials: diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Princess Maria Francesca of Bourbon Parma née Princess of Savoy; from her parents, King Victor Emmanuel III and Queen Elena of Italy, on the occasion of her 1939 marriage to Prince Luigi of Bourbon Parma
  2. Al Thani Collection
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Princess Maria Francesca
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Princess Brigitte

Other Wearers: 
  • Princess Brigitte of Bourbon Parma née Peu-Duvallon; at her 1964 wedding to Prince Guy of Bourbon Parma

Questions: 
  • Was this tiara sold at Christie's in 2011?
  • How did the Al Thani collection acquire this tiara?

Links: 

April 5, 2021

Queen Maria Vittoria of Spain's Pearl Necklace Tiara

Creation: This tiara was made by Musy circa 1867 and can be worn as a necklace.

Materials: pearls and diamonds
Queen Maria Vittoria
unknown model
Provenance: 
  1. Queen Maria Vittoria of Spain, Duchess of Aosta, née Princess of Cisterna
  2. Prince Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, Count of Turin, or Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi; inherited from their mother
  3. King Umberto II of Italy; bought from the Aosta branch of the family
  4. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy; inherited from her father
as a necklace
Princess Maria Gabriella
Other Wearers: 
  • unknown model

Questions: 
  • Were the pearls at one point interchangeable with emeralds?
  • Which of Queen Maria Vittoria's sons inherited the tiara?
original design
Links: 
Photos: Sotheby's

March 29, 2021

Princess Andrée Aga Khan's Emerald & Pearl Tiara

emerald pearl tiara cartier princess begum andree aga khan
Creation:  This tiara was made by Cartier.

Materials: emeralds, pearls, and diamonds
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Princess Andrée
emerald pearl tiara cartier princess begum andree aga khan
Princess Andrée
Provenance: 
  1. Princess Andrée Aga Khan née Andrée Joséphine Carron
  2. Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan; inherited from his mother in 1976
  3. unknown owner; sold at Christie's in 1988 with the proceeds going to the Bellerive Foundation
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Princess Andrée
emerald pearl tiara cartier princess begum andree aga khan
illustration from the Cartier: Style & History exhibition
Questions: 
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

March 22, 2021

Princess Andrée Aga Khan's Lotus Halo Tiara

lotus halo diamond tiara cartier princess andree aga khan
Creation:  This tiara was made by Cartier in 1934.  The lower zig-zag portion may be removed and worn as a bandeau.

Materials: diamonds set in platinum

Provenance: 
  1. Princess Andrée Aga Khan née Andrée Joséphine Carron
  2. Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan; inherited from his mother in 1976
  3. unknown owner; sold at Christie's in 1988 with the proceeds going to the Bellerive Foundation
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Princess Andrée
Questions:
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

March 15, 2021

Princess Shams of Iran's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Shams
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Princess Shahnaz
Creation: 

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Princess Shams Pahlavi of Iran
  2. National Treasury of Iranownership of the Iranian Imperial Jewels reverted to the state of Iran after the 1979 revolution and can still be viewed by the public at the Museum of The Treasury of National Iranian Jewels
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Princess Shams
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Princess Shahnaz
diamond tiara iran princess shams pahlavi shahnaz
Princess Shahnaz
Other Wearers: 

Questions: 
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweler created this tiara?

March 8, 2021

Princess Fatimeh of Iran's Diamond Necklace Tiara

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Princess Fatimeh
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Princess Fatimeh
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Princess Fatimeh
Creation: This tiara can be worn as a necklace.

Materials: diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Princess Fatimeh Pahlavi of Iran
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Princess Fatimeh
diamond necklace tiara princess fatimeh pahlavi iran
Princess Fatimeh
Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweler created this tiara?
  • Was this tiara Princess Fatimeh of Iran's personal property or part of the Iranian National Jewels?

March 1, 2021

Empress Farah of Iran's Yellow Diamond Tiara

with placeholders before the yellow diamonds were added
Creation:  This tiara was made by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1977.

Materials:  yellow and colorless diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Empress Farah of Iran née Farah Diba
  2. National Treasury of Iranownership of the Iranian Imperial Jewels reverted to the state of Iran after the 1979 revolution and can still be viewed by the public at the Museum of The Treasury of National Iranian Jewels
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Empress Farah
yellow diamond tiara iran empress farah diba pahlavi van cleef and arpels
Empress Farah
Links: 

February 22, 2021

Princess Ashraf of Iran's Diamond Necklace Tiara

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Princess Ashraf
diamond necklace tiara princess ashraf pahlavi iran shahnaz
Princess Shahnaz
Creation:  This tiara can be worn as a necklace.

Materials: diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Princess Ashraf Pahlavi of Iran
  2. National Treasury of Iranownership of the Iranian Imperial Jewels reverted to the state of Iran after the 1979 revolution and can still be viewed by the public at the Museum of The Treasury of National Iranian Jewels
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Princess Ashraf
diamond necklace tiara princess ashraf pahlavi iran shahnaz
Princess Shahnaz
diamond necklace tiara princess ashraf pahlavi iran shahnaz
Princess Shahnaz
Other Wearers: 
  • Princess Shahnaz Pahlavi of Iran

Questions: 
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweler created this tiara?
  • Who is this woman standing next to Princess Ashraf at the 1967 coronation?  Is she wearing the Diamond Necklace Tiara?
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Princess Ashraf and an unknown woman

February 15, 2021

Princess Farahnaz of Iran's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Farahnaz
diamond tiara iran princess farahnaz pahlavi
Princess Farahnaz
diamond tiara iran princess farahnaz pahlavi
Princess Farahnaz
Creation: 

Materials: diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Princess Farahnaz Pahlavi of Iran
  2. National Treasury of Iranownership of the Iranian Imperial Jewels reverted to the state of Iran after the 1979 revolution and can still be viewed by the public at the Museum of The Treasury of National Iranian Jewels

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweler created this tiara?

February 8, 2021

Empress Farah of Iran's Turquoise Lacy Tiara

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Empress Farah
turquoise diamond tiara iran empress farah diba pahlavi niloufar afshar
Princess Niloufar
Creation:

Materials:  turquoise and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Empress Farah of Iran née Diba
  2. National Treasury of Iranownership of the Iranian Imperial Jewels reverted to the state of Iran after the 1979 revolution and can still be viewed by the public at the Museum of The Treasury of National Iranian Jewels
turquoise diamond tiara iran empress farah diba pahlavi niloufar afshar
Princess Niloufar
Other Wearers:
  • Princess Niloufar Pahlavi-Nia née Afshar

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweler created this tiara?