November 20, 2011

Leuchtenberg Diamond Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by August Holmstrom for Faberge circa 1890 using briolette cut diamonds that were a gift to Empress Josephine from Tsar Alexander I of Russia when he visited her at La Malmaison following her divorce.  The tiara was sold by the Leuchtenberg family following the Russian Revolution.
Materials:  diamonds set in silver and gold
  1. Queen Elisabeth of Belgium; bought from Seiler of Vevey in Switzerland after WWI
  2. Prince Charles of Belgium, Count of Flanders; inherited from his mother in 1965
  3. Queen Marie José of Italy; inherited from her brother in 1983
  4. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy; inherited from her mother in 2001
  5. Arthur and Dorothy McFerrin Foundation; bought at auction at Christie's in 2007 for $2,071,389 and is displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science


Photos:  Christie's

1 comment :

  1. Love it! Fabulous! A Crystal knockoff for us mere mortals please! :D