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May 10, 2021

Duchess of Genoa's Ears of Wheat Tiara

diamond wheat tiara musy duchess genoa savoy
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

diamond trefoil tiara princess maria letizia bonaparte savoy aosta musy
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
diamond trefoil tiara princess maria letizia bonaparte savoy aosta musy
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

emerald tiara queen elena italy savoy musy montenegro
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
emerald tiara queen elena italy savoy musy princess natalija montenegro
Princess Natalija
Links: 
Photos: Jewellery of the House of Savoy

April 19, 2021

Queen Margherita of Italy's Sapphire Floral Tiara

sapphire floral tiara queen margherita italy savoy genoa
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

diamond tiara petochi princess maria francesca bourbon parma savoy italy
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
  5. Unknown Owner; sold at auction at Sotheby's in May 2021 for 1,460,000 CHF
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
diamond tiara iran princess shams pahlavi shahnaz
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

diamond necklace tiara princess fatimeh pahlavi iran
Princess Fatimeh
diamond necklace tiara princess fatimeh pahlavi iran
Princess Fatimeh
diamond necklace tiara princess fatimeh pahlavi iran
Princess Fatimeh
Creation: This tiara can be worn as a necklace.

Materials: diamonds

Provenance: 
  1. Princess Fatimeh Pahlavi of Iran
diamond necklace tiara princess fatimeh pahlavi iran
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?