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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 …

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Tiara Tuesday: Irina Youssoupov’s Wedding Tiara

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Made by Cartier in 1911, it was purchased three years later by Prince Felix Youssoupov as a wedding present for his bride, Irina (Nicholas II’s niece). This tiara is unusual because the bottom part of the kokoshnik is made of rock crystal topped with platinum and diamonds. That big diamond in the center of the top row is a nearly …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Mountbatten Tiara

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This tiara belonged to Edwina, Countess Mountbatten. Made around 1910, it features borders of channel-set diamonds in platinum with scrolls and thirteen trefoils in between. There’s a similar design in Chaumet’s archives, but the maker’s mark on the actual tiara is said to be “unclear.” It was last seen in a Cartier case, though, and Cartier did some fantastic work with …

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Tiara Tuesday: Princess Stéphanie of Belgium’s Tiara

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Made by Chaumet, this tiara belonged to Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, who married the heir to the Austrian throne in 1881. We have very little information about this tiara, but we have a crap-ton of information about Stéphanie herself, so buckle up – it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. Poor Stéphanie grew up basically ignored by her shitty parents, King …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Arabic Scroll Tiara

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This week’s tiara comes by special request from a website visitor – Kareem, this one’s for you. This tiara was created especially for Queen Rania of Jordan in 2005, at the special request of King Abdullah. Abdullah asked Yan Sicard, one of Rania’s favorite jewelers, to design and craft it with her in mind. Sicard’s firm, FRED, used 1,300 diamonds …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Braganza Tiara

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This tiara was made for Empress Amélie of Brazil in 1829, as a wedding present from her husband, Emperor Pedro I. Brazil used to be a Portuguese colony, and the surname of the Portuguese royal family is Braganza, hence this tiara’s name. You might also remember Charles II’s queen, Catherine of Braganza – she was a Portuguese princess. Made of …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Astor Tiara

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The Astor tiara belonged to Nancy Langhorne Astor, a Southern girl who became the first woman to serve as an MP in the British House of Commons. The tiara, made by Cartier, holds the famous 55.23-carat Sancy diamond in its center. In 1906, the tiara was valued at $75,000 – without the Sancy. Go ahead and gawk. I’ll just wait …