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June 14, 2021

Queen Margherita of Italy's Tortoiseshell Tiara

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Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1880.

Materials: tortoiseshell

Provenance: 
  1. Queen Margherita of Italy née Princess of Savoy
  2. Queen Marie Jose of Italy née Princess of Belgium
  3. Unknown Owner; bought at auction at Christie's in 2007 along with the rest of the parure for 15,600 GBP

Questions: 
  • Which jeweler created this tiara?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?

Links: 
Photos: Jewellery of the House of Savoy

June 7, 2021

Queen Margherita of Italy's Pearl Bracelet Tiara

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Creation: This tiara was made by Musy in 1869 and can be worn as a bracelet.

Materials: pearls and diamonds set in gold

Provenance: 
  1. Queen Margherita of Italy née Princess of Savoy; from her husband, King Umberto I, on the occasion of the birth of their son, King Victor Emmanuel III
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Queen Margherita
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Princess Maria Gabriella
Other Wearers: 

Questions: 
  • Who currently owns this tiara?
Photos: Jewellery of the House of Savoy

May 31, 2021

Grand Duchess Maria Anna of Tuscany's Ancona Tiara

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Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1817.

Materials: pearls and diamonds
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Grand Duchess Maria Anna
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Princess Camilla
Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Maria Anna of Tuscany née Princess of Saxony; on the occasion of her 1817 marriage to Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany
  2. Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscanyinherited from his wife in 1832
  3. Princess Maria Isabella of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Countess of Trapani, née Archduchess of Austria and Princess of Tuscanyfrom her father
  4. Princess Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Countess of Casertafrom her mother
  5. Prince Ferdinand Pius of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Calabriafrom his mother
  6. Princess Lucia of Savoy, Duchess of Ancona & Genoa nee Princess of Bourbon-Two Siciliesfrom her father
  7. Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, née Crociani; bought at auction in 1999
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Princess Lydia
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Princess Camilla
Other Wearers:
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Princess Lydia
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Princess Camilla




pearl tiara ancona grand duchess maria anna tuscany savoy princess camilla bourbon two sicilies
Princess Camilla





Questions:

May 24, 2021

Queen Elena of Italy's Diamond Floral Tiara

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Creation: This tiara was made by Musy in 1896 using jewelry that belonged to Queen Margherita.  The tiara could be worn without the arches and the flowers could be worn as brooches.

Materials: diamonds
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Queen Elena
diamond floral tiara queen elena italy savoy musy
Queen Elena
Provenance: 
  1. Queen Elena of Italy née Princess of Montenegro; from King Umberto I and Queen Margherita on the occasion of her 1896 wedding to King Victor Emmanuel III
  2. Italian Government; Queen Elena gave the tiara to the President of the Council of Ministers in 1915 when Italy entered WWI to help the Italian people

Questions: 
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • What happened to it after it was given to the Council of Ministers?
Photos: Jewellery of the House of Savoy

May 17, 2021

Queen Adelaide of Sardinia's Emerald Tiara

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Queen Margherita

Creation:
This tiara was made by Delsotto in 1841. It was later dismantled to create other jewelry. 

Materials: emeralds and diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Queen Adelaide of Sardinia née Archduchess of Austria; from her father-in-law, King Charles Albert, on the occasion of her 1842 marriage to King Victor Emmanuel II
  2. King Umberto I of Italy; inherited from his mother in 1955
  3. Queen Margherita of Italy née Princess of Savoy-Genoa; from her husband, King Umberto I, on occasion of their 1868 marriage

Questions: 

Links: 

May 10, 2021

Duchess of Genoa's Ears of Wheat Tiara

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Creation:  This tiara was made by Musy using ears of wheat that belonged to Queen Elisabeth of Prussia.  A diamond flower brooch was later added to the center of the tiara.

Materials: diamonds
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Princess Maria Beatrice
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Princess Maria Pia

Provenance: 

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Princess Maria Beatrice
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Princess Maria Pia
Other Wearers: 
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Princess Maria Pia
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Princess Marina
Questions:
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?
  • Which jeweler created the original ears of wheat?
  • Is the center of Princess Marina of Naples' pearl necklace the same flower from the tiara?
Photos: Jewellery of the House of Savoy

May 3, 2021

Duchess of Aosta's Diamond Trefoil Tiara

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Creation: This tiara was made by Musy in 1888.  The trefoils could be replaced by pear shaped pearls.
 
Materials: diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Princess Maria Letizia of Savoy, Duchess of Aosta, née Princess Bonaparte; from her husband, King Amadeo I of Spain, on the occasion of their 1888 marriage
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Princess Maria Letizia
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Princess Maria Letizia
Questions: 
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?
Photos: Jewellery of the House of Savoy

April 26, 2021

Queen Elena of Italy's Emerald Tiara

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Creation: This tiara was made by Musy in 1896 using jewelry that belonged to Queen Margherita.  It could be worn with diamonds replacing the emeralds or without the top section entirely.

Materials: emeralds and diamonds
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Queen Elena
emerald tiara queen elena italy savoy musy montenegro
Queen Elena
Provenance: 
  1. Queen Elena of Italy née Princess of Montenegro; from her husband, King Victor Emmanuel, on the occasion of their 1896 marriage
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with diamonds instead of emeralds
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only the bottom portion


 
 
 
 
 
Other Wearers: 

Questions: 
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?
  • Was the tiara been altered before it was worn by Princess Natalija (the emeralds look smaller and are placed on top of the scroll element instead of in it) or is she wearing an entirely different tiara?
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Princess Natalija
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Princess Natalija
Links: 
Photos: Jewellery of the House of Savoy

April 19, 2021

Queen Margherita of Italy's Sapphire Floral Tiara

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Creation: The tiara could be broken down and worn as five brooches.

Materials: sapphires and diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Queen Margherita of Italy née Princess of Savoy; from her mother, the Duchess of Genoa, on the occasion of her 1868 marriage to King Umberto I

Questions: 
  • Does this tiara still exist intact?
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Which jeweler created this tiara?
Photos: Jewellery of the House of Savoy

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?

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