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December 13, 2021

Queen Emina of Egypt's Diamond Necklace Tiara

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Creation: This tiara can be worn as a necklace and was made in the mid-1800s using diamonds given from Empress Catherine the Great to Sultan Ahmed III as a peace offering in 1711.

Materials: multi-colored diamonds set in silver and gold
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Princess Neslisah
diamond necklace tiara egypt khediva queen emina ilhamy turkey ottoman princess neslisah sultan
Princess Neslisah
diamond necklace tiara egypt khediva queen emina ilhamy turkey ottoman princess neslisah sultan
Princess Neslisah
Provenance:
  1. Queen (Khediva) Emina of Egypt née Princess Emina Ilhamy Nacibe Hanimefendi; from Sultan Abdul Hamid II of the Ottoman Empire possibly on the occasion of the birth of her oldest son in 1874
  2. King (Khedive) Abbas II of Egypt; from his mother
  3. Princess Neslişah of Egypt née Princess Fatma Neslişah Sultan of the Ottoman Empire; from her father-in-law on the occasion of her 1940 marriage to Prince Muhammad Abdel Moneim
  4. Unknown Owner; bought at auction at Christie's in 1963
diamond necklace tiara egypt khediva queen emina ilhamy turkey ottoman princess neslisah sultan
Princess Neslisah
diamond necklace tiara egypt khediva queen emina ilhamy turkey ottoman princess neslisah sultan
Princess Neslisah
Questions: 
  • Which jeweler created this tiara?
  • Who currently owns this tiara?
  • Are there any photos of this tiara being worn prior to Princess Neslisah?
  • The tiara was put up for auction at Sotheby's in 2011 and in 2016.  Was it  successfully sold either time?

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