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Tiara Tuesday: The Stuart Tiara

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I chose this tiara to wish the lovely Karen Conlin a happy birthday. Why? I mean, look at it. You have to be impressed, which is how I feel about Karen’s work. If you haven’t already, check out Grammargeddon.com. Let’s all wish her a happy birthday…and then dig into the awesomeness that is the Stuart tiara. This tiara belongs to …

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Tiara Tuesday: Marie Louise’s Ruby Diadem

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Napoleon ordered this tiara in 1810 for his second wife, Marie Louise of Austria (Marie Antoinette’s niece). Napoleon understood that age-old saying, “Happy wife, happy life,” so he ordered all new jewels for Marie Louise instead of trying to snatch back the ones he’d bought for Josephine. Nitot, the crown jeweler, created an entire matched set for Marie Louise that …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Russian Aquamarine Tiara

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This tiara was created around 1900, most likely for Empress Alexandra, wife of Nicholas II (and mother of Grand Duchesses Olga and Marie, for you Romanov Legacy readers). These honkin’ aquamarines are arranged in a traditional Russian kokoshnik style, with a platinum frame and diamond accents. It has a matching necklace and earrings, too. Gemstones have their own language, just …

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Tiara Tuesday: Princess Takamado’s Tiara

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The woman the world calls Princess Takamado was born Hisako Tottori, the daughter of an industrialist. Raised in England, where her father worked, she graduated from Cambridge University with degrees in anthropology and archaeology. After graduation, she went back to Japan and met Prince Norihito (the emperor’s cousin) at a party hosted by the Canadian Embassy. Less than a full …

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Tiara Tuesday: Hessian Turquoise and Moonstone Tiara

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This tiara was purchased in 1906 by Grand Duke Ernst Louis of Hesse for his second wife, Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolhms-Lich. Although it was made in Russia, we don’t know by whom (some sources say Cartier, others say a competitor of Faberge). This tiara’s stones have special meanings: diamonds for eternity, turquoise for true love, and moonstones for innocence, all …

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Tiara Tuesday: Marie Feodorovna’s Wave Tiara

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This tiara belonged to Empress Marie Feodorovna, wife of Tsar Alexander III of Russia. It may or may not have been made by Cartier – some sources say it was, but I can’t confirm it. This tiara came with a matching necklace and brooch, but it doesn’t look like Marie wore them together. You can see the tiara in the …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Duchess of Alba’s Tiara

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Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the Duchess of Alba, died this past Thursday at the age of 88. She had 57 noble titles, holding the Guinness World Record for most noble titles recognized by an existing government. She was also the only person in the whole world who didn’t have to bow before the …

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Tiara Tuesday: Princess Fawzia of Egypt’s Tiara

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Princess Fawzia’s parents, King Fuad I of Egypt and Queen Nazli, commissioned it from Van Cleef & Arpels for Fawzia’s 1939 wedding to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Crown Prince (and later Shah) of Iran. The tiara came with a necklace and a pair of earrings, all set in platinum. The tiara features pear-shaped and baguette-cut diamonds in multiple rows arranged …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Westphalian Tiara

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This week’s tiara came via special request from Monica Kent. I’m so happy I was able to find this sucker for her! It doesn’t have an actual name because it’s not famous or well-documented, so I’m just calling it the “Westphalian tiara.” It’s made up of two rows of diamonds and a single octagonal emerald. The upper tier is set with …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Portland Sapphire Tiara

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This tiara was created around 1890, probably by Garrard. The 6th Duke of Portland bought it for his wife, Winifred Dallas-Yorke. Five of the sapphires came from Ceylon, four from Burma, and the last three are anyone’s guess. The pearls are all natural saltwater pearls. The sapphires have different origins because the Duke broke up at least three other pieces …