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Tiara Tuesday: The Grand Duchess Adelaide’s Tiara

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Made with diamonds set in white and yellow gold, it features a removable cushion-cut sapphire in its center. The diamond motifs are leaves and berries crafted of brilliant-cut and rose-cut diamonds. There’s also a removable row of big-ass diamonds along the base, for those times when you need to let people you mean business. No one knows who made it …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Mellerio Shell Tiara

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Ordered by Queen Isabel II of Spain in 1868, this tiara was a wedding present for Isabel’s oldest daughter, also (creatively) named Isabel. It features pearl and diamond shell motifs with pear-shaped pearls hanging at the center of each shell. Each shell also curls forward like a wave about to break, which I’d imagine creates some interesting sparkle if you’re …

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Tiara Tuesday: Empress Farah’s Noor-al-Ain Tiara

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Created by Harry Winston in 1958, this was made for the Shah of Iran’s second wife…whom he divorced before the tiara was finished. The only woman ever to have worn it is the Shah’s third wife, Farah Diba. You might remember the Shah’s first wife, the beautiful Princess Fawzia of Egypt and her lovely Van Cleef & Arpels tiara. After …

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The Dueling Princess: Pauline Metternich

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So, I found this video on AtlasObscura.com and knew I had to write a post about this. First of all, it’s about a duel that took place in 1892 between Princess Pauline Metternich and a fellow aristocrat – a countess, in fact. Interesting? Check. Come to find out, they fought the duel topless. This sends the story into WTF territory. …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Lanckoronski Sapphire Tiara

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First things first – there’s something loopy in the documentation for this tiara. Look it up on Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean. They say this tiara was part of a set made by Chaumet in 1894 for Countess Leonie Potocka. Um, no. Leonie died in 1893. Pretty sure you don’t commission a tiara for someone after they’re dead. …

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Tiara Tuesday: Empress Eugenie’s Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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It was commissioned by Napoleon III as a wedding present for his bride, Eugénie de Montijo. Created by Parisian jeweler Gabriel Lemonnier in 1853, the tiara was made with 212 pearls and 1,998 tiny diamonds (totaling 63.3 carats) that already belonged to the French crown. These stones had been used in previous jewels belonging to Napoleon’s second wife (Empress Marie …