The Duchess of Windsor’s flamingo brooch is among the many Cartier jewels on display in Cartier biggest exhibition. The brooch was created by Jeanne Toussaint, Toussaint became director of Cartier’s luxury jewellery department in 1933. In a career spanning the decades, she designed and created some of the world’s most exquisite pieces of jewellery. The brooch was made with platinum gold, brilliant-cut diamonds, calibré-cut emeralds, sapphires, rubies and one citrine.
Cartier Style and History will be at the Grand Palais from 4 December 2013 - 16 February 2014
The Swedish Amethyst Tiara
The Swedish amethyst tiara was originally worn by Swedish women as a necklace (seen here in the second photo) and it wasn’t worn as a tiara until Queen Silvia married into the royal family and suggested they add a base and turn it into a diadem.
Other components of the parure include two bracelets that Queen Silvia had linked together so they can be worn as a necklace, a pair of earrings, and two brooches.
HISTORY MEME - 2/8 OBJECTS - THE CROWN JEWELS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
The collective term Crown Jewels denotes the regalia and vestments worn by the sovereign of the United Kingdom during the coronation ceremony and at other state functions. These are usually referred to as the Regalia. They include the crowns of Sovereigns, Consorts and Princes of Wales, both past and present, sceptres, orbs, rings, swords, spurs, bracelets and robes, all of which have a specific part to play in the ritual of the English coronation service. Much of the Regalia is in use to the present day, a feature which distinguishes the English Regalia from most of its European counterparts. [x]
The Imperial Crown of India
The only British crown allowed to leave the country, the Imperial Crown was made for King George V for his trip to India to commemorate his coronation at the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Worn only once, the opulent crown features more than 6,000 diamonds and includes rubies, sapphires and emeralds.
Diamond kokoshnik of the Russian Empire.
Traditional kokoshnik was made of birch bark (later of cardboard), trimmed with expensive cloth (brocade, satin), then lavishly decorated with pearls and precious stones. This technology is not quite suited for the XVIII century, and the kind of headdress is not very in harmony with the dresses of the time. And kokoshnik turned into a tiara-kokoshnik or as it was called in Europe, the tiara in the Russian style.
Left to right.
- Great collier russe (Russian necklaces), presumably dating from the beginning of the XIX century. Indian and Brazilian diamonds, mounted in gold and silver. Necklace can also be worn as a tiare russe - tiara sewn on velvet kokoshnik. All outstanding beam suspension are numbered from 1 to 59 and have hooks on the back side.
- Tiara, the form of Russian kokoshnik, created at the beginning of the XIX century. Tiara originally belonged to Empress Elizabeth A., wife of Alexander I. Tiara showered old Brazilian diamonds total weight of 275 carats of old, rimmed in gold and silver.
- Wedding gift for the daughter of Alexander II - luxury diamond tiare russe (Russian tiara). This tiara inherited the daughter of Maria Alexandrovna, the Romanian queen Maria.
- In 1825, the Russian Emperor Nicholas I gave the tiara with sapphires his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna in honor of their accession to the Russian throne.
- Diamond kokoshnik ordered Cartier Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich a gift to his daughter Elena (1882-1957) on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Nicholas of Greece in 1902.
- Kokoshnik with drop-shaped diamonds and pearls, made the court jeweler Bolin in 1841 and found in the chambers of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna. In the diamond arches suspended 25 pearls.
- Emerald diamond kokoshnik made to the court jeweler Bolin for Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. Kokoshnik parure was a member of the emeralds that Elizabeth Feodorovna received as a gift for the wedding. Earlier this parure belonged to the mother of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich Empress Marie Alexandrovna . Court jeweler Bolin made this kokoshnik-tiara of gold and silver with seven cabochon emeralds, framed by elegant diamond weave . These emeralds are inserted into another tiara-kokoshnik.
- Tiara with sapphire cabochon, Empress Maria Alexandrovna
HISTORY MEME : (1/ 8) objects - Imperial Romanov Crown of Russia
The House of Romanov was the second and last imperial dynasty to rule over Russia, reigning from 1613 until the 1917 overthrow of the monarchy during the February Revolution. The later history of the Imperial House is sometimes referred to informally as the House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov. Russia’s last coronation was in 1896, for Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra. The last occasion on which the Great Imperial Crown was officially used was the State Opening of the Duma in 1906. (+ + +)