Top row: the Marie Louise Diadem, on loan from the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and the significantly newer turquoise pieces that Marjorie Merryweather Post wore with it before she donated the tiara. This is, no joke, not only the best picture I’ve ever taken of that tiara, it might be the best photo I’ve ever seen of it, period. I’m very thankful there were only 12 people there and I didn’t have to fight a 50 person crowd just to get within line of sight.
Bottom row: a floral diamond tiara, sold by some Hapsburg princess in the 19th century and affectionately referred to as “Anna” by Ms. Post after she purchased it. If you look really carefully you can see that some of the flowers are on springs; we could see them moving around from the floor vibrationa, it was really neat.
Last day of the jewelry exhibit at the Hillwood (½)
1, 2, 3. tutti frutti style bracelet, necklace, and earring set by Cartier, made up of amethyst, turquoise, and diamond on gold; legitimately the only tutti frutti design I actually like, lmao. The amethyst were all a very deep purple. My sister kept raving about the briolette cut on the earrings, and I liked that they made them look like raindrops.
4. Ballerina brooch in diamonds, rubies, and emeralds; actually designed after a painting, with the diamond dress in blue and the green & red being the flowers. They had it under the display but I didn’t get a picture, the resemblance was striking.
5. Bunny Butler brooch made during prohibition; the cocktail classes and the bottle are colored with rubies, and you can’t see it from this angle but his coattail buttons are emeralds. Unfairly cute, my favorite in the whole exhibit.
6. Amethyst brooch with diamond setting. The purple color for this one was so deep I could barely see it against the black background. I forgot to turn my flash off when I took the picture which is the only reason you can actually see it, lmao.
7. Pearl and diamond necklace, to be worn with a backless dress. Usually worn with the diamonds in front and the pearls falling down the back, but you can also wear it the other way around.
8. Half of the Russian Nuptial Crown, worn by Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna during her wedding to Nicholas II. This one wasn’t part of the temp exhibit (it’s in the main collection, displayed with the Russian Orthodoxy stuff) I just like it & how the pic turned out
9. Necklace made with moonstone and uncultured pearl. Those pearls are HUGE they were like, the size of my knuckles. It was excellent.