Empress Josephine’s Imperial Ruby-Diamond Tiara by Joseph Chaumet
The Hessian Grand Ducal Tiara: worn by Alexandra Feodorovna’s mother Grand Duchess Alice, and her sister-in-laws Grand Duchess Victoria Melita (Ducky) and Grand Duchess Eleanor (Ernie’s second wife).
Known as the Mystery Amethyst Tiara of Queen Alexandra because its providence is unclear this tiara features 5 hexagonally cut amethysts, 13 old European cut diamonds totalling approximately 8.5 carats, 69 old European cut diamonds totalling 10 carats, a variety of smaller old-mine and rose cut diamonds totalling roughly 5 carats and it is mounted in silver and gold and numerous smaller old-mine and rose-cut diamonds weighing approximately 5.00 carats.
Royal Jewelry of the Week - The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara
It was originally made, as the name indicates, for Maria Pavlovna (“the elder”), wife of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovitch and aunt of Tsar Nicholas II. Grand Duchess Vladimir was fond of everything extravagant (and especially extravaganza that would outshine her sister in law, Maria Feodorovna, and her nephew’s wife, Alexandra Feodorovna), and this tiara is a brilliant example of just that. The tiara consisting of 15 intertwined diamond circles with diamonds on top and pendant pearls was made in 1874, by the Russian court jeweler, Bolin. After being smuggled out of St. Petersburg, where she had hid it, in 1918, she died leaving the magnificent piece to her only daughter, Elena, Princess Nicholas of Greece. Elena, though, had to sell it to support her rather poor family, and the 1921 buyer was Great Britain’s very own Queen Mary. After having repaired the tiara which had suffered a hard journey, Mary got the idea of replacing the pearls with some of her Cambridge emeralds. Mary herself, left the tiara to her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II at her death in 1953, and it is one of her most favourite pieces (she has even worn it without pendants). Above with emeralds.
Royal Jewelry of the Week - Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara
Originally made for Napoléon Bonaparte’s first wife, Empress Josephine, therefore the name, by the french jeweler Bapst. It consist of geometric emeralds surrounded by diamonds. It was originally a swedish royal piece of jewelry until Princess Märtha of Sweden, daughter of Prince Carl and Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, married Crown Prince Olav of Norway. It’s currently owned by Queen Sonja of Norway.
Today: The Fife diamond tiara. How gorgeous!
One of my favorites tiaras. ever.