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August 19, 2014

Queen Marie Henriette of Belgium's Pearl & Diamond Tiara

Queen Marie Henriette
Princess Clémentine
Creation: 

Materials:  pearls and diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Queen Marie Henriette of Belgium
  2. Princess Clémentine, Princess Napoléon; inherited from her mother in 1902

Questions: 
  • When was this tiara created?
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • Does this tiara still exist?

Countess of Flanders' Pearl & Diamond Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1830.

Materials:  pearls and diamonds set in gold and silver
Countess Marie

Provenance:
  1. Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Baden
  2. Princess Josephine of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen; inherited from her mother in 1860
  3. Countess Marie of Flanders; inherited from her mother in 1900
  4. Duchess Henriette of Vendôme; inherited from her mother in 1912
  5. Princess Marie Louise, Princess Généviève, or Prince Charles d'Orléans; inherited from their mother in 1948
  6. Albion Art Institute

Questions:
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • Which of Duchess Henriette's children inherited this tiara? 
  • How was this tiara acquired by the Albion Art Institute?

Links:
Photos: Albion Art

Princess Isabella de Ligne de la Trémoïlle's Aquamarine Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was created by Holemans in 2009.

Materials: 16 aquamarines including a 73.28 carat central aquamarine and 360 diamonds set in white gold
Princess Isabella
Provenance:
  1. Princess Isabella de Ligne de La Trémoïlle; on the occasion of her 2009 wedding to Prince Edouard de Ligne de La Trémoïlle
Photos: Holemans/Getty Images

August 18, 2014

Countess of Flanders' Turquoise Parure Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made circa 1830 and can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  turquoise and diamonds set in silver and gold

Provenance:
  1. Princess Marie, Countess of Flanders nee Princess of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
  2. Queen Elisabeth of Belgium nee Duchess of Bavaria; from her mother-in-law
  3. Queen Marie José of Italy nee Princess of Belgium; from her mother on the occasion of her 1930 marriage to King Umberto II of Italy
  4. Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy; inherited from her mother in 2001
  5. Unknown Owner; sold along with the rest of the parure by Christie's in 2007 for $236,640
  6. S.J. Phillips Ltd; currently for sale

Questions:
  • What jeweller created this tiara? 
  • Are there any pictures of this tiara being worn?

Links:

Photos:  Christie's/S.J. Phillips Ltd.

Queen Elisabeth of Belgium's Diamond Bandeau

Queen Elisabeth
Queen Elisabeth
Creation:  This tiara can be worn with two different brooches at the center.
Queen Elisabeth

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Queen Elisabeth of Belgium

Questions:
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • When was this tiara created?
  • Who inherited this tiara from Queen Elisabeth?
  • What kind of gemstones are at the center of the two brooches?

August 16, 2014

Queen Astrid of Belgium's Emerald Necklace Tiara

Queen Astrid
Queen Astrid
Creation:  This tiara can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  emeralds and diamonds
Queen Astrid
Princess Lilian
Princess Lilian
Provenance:
  1. Queen Astrid of Belgium; from her parents-in-law, King Albert I and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, on the occasion of the birth of her first son, King Baudouin of Belgium, in 1930
  2. King Leopold III of Belgium; inherited from his wife in 1935

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • Who inherited this tiara from King Leopold?

Links:

Queen Astrid of Belgium's Stockholm Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made by Andersson and the pearl can be worn as a brooch or a pendant.

Materials:  pearls and diamonds set in platinum
Queen Astrid
Queen Astrid
Provenance:
  1. Queen Astrid of Belgium; from the City of Stockholm on the occasion of her 1926 marriage to King Leopold III of Belgium
  2. King Leopold III of Belgium; inherited from his wife in 1935
Princess Lilian

Other Wearers:

Questions:
  • Who inherited this tiara from King Leopold?

Links:

August 7, 2014

Princess Claire of Belgium's Diamond Tiara

Princess Claire
Princess Claire
Princess Claire
Creation:

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Claire of Belgium; from King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium on the occasion of her 2003 marriage to Prince Laurent of Belgium

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • What jeweller created this tiara?

Links:

Princess Claire of Belgium's Pearl & Diamond Tiara

Princess Claire
Princess Claire
Creation:

Materials:  pearls and diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Princess Claire of Belgium

Questions:
  • When was this tiara created?
  • What jeweller created this tiara?

Links:
Photos:  PPE

August 5, 2014

Queen Fabiola of Belgium's Diamond Necklace Tiara

Queen Fabiola
Queen Fabiola
Creation:  This tiara was made by Wolfers and can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  diamonds
Queen Fabiola
Queen Fabiola
Provenance:
  1. Queen Fabiola of Belgium; from Antwerp's diamond industry on the occasion of her 1960 marriage to King Baudouin of Belgium
  2. Queen Mathilde of Belgium; inherited from her husband's aunt in 2014
Queen Mathilde
Links:

August 3, 2014

Queen Paola of Belgium's Diamond Necklace Tiara

Queen Paola
Queen Paola
Creation:  This tiara can be worn as a necklace.

Materials:  diamonds

Provenance:
  1. Queen Paola of Belgium
Queen Paola
Queen Paola
Questions:
  • What jeweller created this tiara?
  • Did Queen Paola receive this tiara in 1959 on the occasion of her marriage to King Albert II of Belgium or in 1960 on the occasion of the birth of her first child, King Philippe of the Belgians?
  • Was this tiara a gift from the Société General or her husband, King Albert II of Belgium?

Links: