The Exquisite Duchess of Devonshire Emerald Tiara by Cartier, c. 1901-1910

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As the Duchess of Devonshire, she garnered much attention and fame in society during her lifetime With a preeminent position in the peerage of England, the duchess was famous for her beauty, charisma, and leading fashion and style; political campaigning; emotionally and psychologically conflicting marital arrangements and love affairs; and socializing and gambling.

Duchess of Devonshire Emerald Tiara by Cartier, c. 1901-1910
Duchess of Devonshire Emerald Tiara by Cartier, c. 1901-1910

 

Duchess of Devonshire Emerald Tiara by Cartier, c. 1901-1910

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (7 June 1757 – 30 March 1806) was an English socialite, style icon, author, and activist. Of noble birth from the House of Spencer, married into the House of Cavendish, she was the first wife of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, and the mother of the 6th Duke of Devonshire. As the Duchess of Devonshire, she garnered much attention and fame in society during her lifetime With a preeminent position in the peerage of England, the duchess was famous for her beauty, charisma, and leading fashion and style; political campaigning; emotionally and psychologically conflicting marital arrangements and love affairs; and socializing and gambling.She was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales. Their lives, centuries apart, have been compared in tragedy in contemporary time.

A Gorgeous An Emerald and Diamond Tiara by Marzo

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An emerald and diamond tiara in a fitted case by Marzo. The central square-cut emerald set amidst a tapering openwork panelof scrolling foliate motifs, mounted atop a band set with six graduated cut-cornered step-cut emeralds interspersed with openwork panels with knife-edge set diamond collets, the piece set throughout with old and rose-cut diamond. Circa 1915. This tiara has been in the private ownership of a Spanish aristocratic family.

 

An emerald and diamond tiara in a fitted case by Marzo. The central square-cut emerald set amidst a tapering openwork panelof scrolling foliate motifs, mounted atop a band set with six graduated cut-cornered step-cut emeralds interspersed with openwork panels with knife-edge set diamond collets, the piece set throughout with old and rose-cut diamond. Circa 1915. This tiara has been in the private ownership of a Spanish aristocratic family.




A Gorgeous An Emerald and Diamond Tiara by Marzo



The Fife Tiara of Princess Louise of Wales

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The Fife Tiara first belonged to Princess Louise of Wales, the oldest daughter of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. When Louise married the Earl of Fife in 1887 at Buckingham Palace, she received many presents including the stunning tiara with pear-shaped diamonds hanging freely in a diamond framework, topped with more pear-shaped diamonds which alternate with round diamonds. Though it is not certain, the tiara is believed to be the work of Parisian jeweller, Oscar Massin.
The Fife Tiara first belonged to Princess Louise of Wales

 

The Fife Tiara first belonged to Princess Louise of Wales, the oldest daughter of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. When Louise married the Earl of Fife in 1887 at Buckingham Palace, she received many presents including the stunning tiara with pear-shaped diamonds hanging freely in a diamond framework, topped with more pear-shaped diamonds which alternate with round diamonds. Though it is not certain, the tiara is believed to be the work of Parisian jeweler, Oscar Massin.

 

 

The Exquisite Sun Tiara circa 1907 made by Cartier

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Sun Tiara circa 1907 made by Cartier
Sun Tiara circa 1907 made by Cartier

 

Sun Tiara circa 1907 made by Cartier with a yellow diamond, white diamonds, platinum, yellow gold.  Alternate sapphire setting.  

Sun tiaras are recorded from the beginning of the nineteenth century. At the 1889 Paris Exposition the jeweler Vever exhibited a model containing a 54-carat diamond.
Cartier’s first sun tiaras date from 1904 and were delivered to J.P. Morgan in New York and the Countess of Suffolk in London. In Londons Cartier’s were still designing sun tiaras in the 1920s, some of which were set with a large cabochon sapphire or emerald at the center. The last one was ordered in 1926 by the daughter of Mrs Cavendish-Bentinck.




Queen Victoria’s Diamond Crown

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Queen Victoria’s Diamond Crow crown
Queen Victoria’s Diamond Crown.

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Crown whose lightness and elegance contrast with other British crowns, was ordered by Queen Victoria for her personal use. She found the Imperial State Crown too heavy, and very much resented the complicated procedures involved when removing the crown from the Tower of London. The small crown is a beautiful crown of heraldic Tudor form, which was made from Queen Victoria’s own expense in 1870. It was the crown perhaps most associated with Queen Victoria .

Queen Victoria wore her miniature crown for her Diamond Jubilee portrait in 1897.
Queen Victoria wore her miniature crown for her Diamond Jubilee portrait in 1897.




Fit for a queen: This small diamond crown, as worn by Queen Victoria for her official Diamond Jubilee portrait in 1870
Fit for a queen: This small diamond crown, as worn by Queen Victoria for her official Diamond Jubilee portrait in 1870




Beautiful Royal Tiaras

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The Boucheron tiara
The Boucheron Tiara

The Boucheron tiara was left to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by the Hon. Mrs Greville from Boucheron in London on 8th January, 1921. It was made up from the customers stones which were taken from an old tiara.

The 1936 Cartier "Halo" Tiara
The 1936 Cartier “Halo” Tiara

 

The 1936 Cartier “Halo” Tiara that the Queen loaned to Kate Middleton on her wedding day. It was made in 1936 and purchased by the Duke of York (later King George VI) for his wife, Elizabeth’s mother (also Elizabeth — the first!). Queen Elizabeth II received it as an 18th-birthday present, at which time she was Princess Elizabeth.




 

The Strathmore Rose Tiara
The Strathmore Rose Tiara

The Strathmore Rose TiaraThis is the Strathmore Rose Tiara was a gift to Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the future Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) from her father, the Earl of Strathmore, for her wedding in 1923. The piece itself is likely older than that; it may have already been an antique when the Earl purchased it. The tiara features a garland of wild roses in diamonds mounted in silver and gold.




 Queen Elizabeth II favorite tiara
Queen Elizabeth II favorite tiara




 

This tiara was one of the future Queen Mary’s wedding presents in 1893. Named the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara. It is also Queen Elizabeth II favorite tiara.

The Gorgeous Linneys’ Pink Diamond Tiara

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Linneys' Pink Diamond Tiara
Linneys’ Pink Diamond Tiara

 

Pink argyle diamond tiara designed by the royal jeweler, Asprey of London. It is encrusted with 178 rare Argyle pink diamonds, making up almost 20 carats.The one-of-a-kind piece was designed by the Royal Jeweler, Asprey of London, and is encrusted with 178 rare Argyle pink diamonds, making up almost 20 carats. The piece recognizes the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.




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Those of us who have dreamed of owning the 20-carat Argyle Pink Diamond Tiara can keep on dreaming. Australian jewelry retailer Linneys bought the rare jeweled piece of art.

Designed by the Royal Jeweler Asprey of London a few years back, the Argyle tiara displays 178 rare Argyle pink diamonds. Diamonds found form within the Argyle mine in Australia are known to have the most vivid pink color saturation from any pink diamonds mined. One can imagine that of any jewels to be used when designing such a luxurious tiara, Argyle diamonds would be on the top of the list.

The tiara is one of the most significant pieces of pink diamond jewelry in history. The headpiece has managed to capture the past, present, and future in one magnificent item by combining traditional style with a modern day coveted stone, which might not be around for much longer. The center stone of this unbelievable piece of art is actually a detachable ring that can easily be removed from the tiara at any point. Meaning, even when it is not worn as a luxurious head piece, parts of it can still be admired and utilized as magnificent diamond jewelry.

The Argyle Pink Diamond Tiara Displaying 20 Carats of Rare Pink Diamonds
The Argyle Pink Diamond Tiara Displaying 20 Carats of Rare Pink Diamonds




The Victorian Rosebery Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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The Rosebery pearl and diamond tiara, bracelet and brooch which belonged to Hannah, Countess of Rosebery, feature sizable natural pearls and clusters of diamonds-epitomizing the grandeur of Victorian court adornment.

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“The Rosebery pearl and diamond tiara, bracelet and brooch were at the heart of Lady Rosebery’s vast array of magnificent jewels, which rivaled those of the crowned heads of Europe at the time. They are a rare survival of 19th century English aristocratic splendour, as so much ancestral jewellery has been sold anonymously, remounted or broken down. Having descended through various branches of the family and survived the vicissitudes of fashion, the jewels were sold from a private collection for the first time since their creation nearly 140 years ago.” – Keith Penton, Head of Jewels Christie’s London 

This striking tiara was once the property of a woman said to have been the wealthiest woman in England, Hannah, Countess of Rosebery (1851-1890), and was an important member of a jewel collection rich enough to rival a royal collection. The Rosebery Pearl and Diamond Tiara has a base of clusters of large button (bouton) natural pearls surrounded by old-cut diamonds and a top of seven natural pearl and diamond drops, all set in silver and gold. It’s a versatile diadem with multiple detachable pieces; the top pieces can be removed (in the same fashion as the Londonderry Tiara , also crafted by Garrard) leaving the bottom row as a smaller tiara, and the buttons can also be used to form six brooches with the top pieces as pendants. A bracelet and brooch, each featuring more clusters of button pearls and diamonds, completed the set.

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The tiara dates from about 1878, the same year Hannah de Rothschild married the 5th Earl of Rosebery. Born into the famous banking empire, she was the only child of Mayer de Rothschild and when he died in 1874, the fortune she inherited made her the richest woman in England at the time. Her aristocratic marriage did not come without obstacles, caused particularly by religion (she was Jewish, he was not, and there were hurdles to jump on both sides), but they became an influential couple and her money financed her popular husband’s rise through the political structure. He eventually became prime minister, but she sadly would not live to see it; she died suddenly at the age of 39 in 1890.

Following her death, her husband stored her jewels for nearly 20 years, until their eldest son married and the jewels were split between their four children. Harry, Lord Dalmeny (the future 6th Earl of Rosebery), wed in 1909 and this set of pearl and diamond jewelry was given to his bride, Dorothy Grosvenor, granddaughter of the 1st Duke of Westminster and sister to the 3rd Duke. It passed down in the family and was last known to be part of the collection of the current Duke and Duchess of Westminster , because it was included in a magazine feature on their family jewels. It was sold by Christie’s in 2011 as the property of a private collector, where the tiara went for $1.9 million and the brooch and bracelet together brought in nearly $950,000.

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