amethyst tiara

hookeremerald  asked:

This is a very weird question, but, do you have any crowns or jewelry on your repertoire that are shaped with hexagons or that have hexagon-shaped jewels? I haven't found many, only a tiara from Cartier, a tiara belonging to royalty of a norse country, and an amethyst necklace belonging to the former empress of Russia (I think). Thanks in advance, even if you can't help with my weird request 66

As long as it’s about tiaras it’s not a weird question here.

The first tiara I thought of was this one by Chaumet.  It was made in 2011 as part of the ‘Bee My Love’ collection.  As you can imagine there were a lot of hexagons in that collection.

Margaret Greville’s Honeycomb Tiara was made by Boucheron in 1921 and is currently being worn by the Duchess of Cornwall.

Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco’s wedding parure is almost entirely hexagons.  It was made by Chaumet in 2002.  She wore a different tiara with the rest of the parure on her wedding day but we were treated to her wearing the tiara later.

Barbara Hutton’s Emerald Tiara features a huge hexagonal emerald.  It was made by Cartier in 1947 and the emeralds used to belong to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia.

The Hesketh Aquamarine Tiara has hexagonal aquamarines at the center of each cluster.  It was made by Cartier and belonged to Chistian McEwen, Lady Hesketh.

I think the amethyst necklace you’re talking about is the one that belonged to Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom and was probably a gift from her brother-in-law, Tsar Alexander III of Russia. Supposedly it can be worn as a tiara but I’ve never seen it used that way.

I didn’t realize how many tiaras featured hexagons.  Was the Cartier tiara you mentioned one of these?  Also, you’re going to have to tell me the hexagon tiara that belongs to Nordic royalty because I cannot think of it and it will drive me crazy.

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Royal Tiara Challenge 2017

Day 1: Favorite Amethyst Tiara

The Ornate Tiara and an Amethyst and Diamond Tiara

Well I couldn’t choose between these 2 tiaras, so I didn’t. Besides, amethyst is my birthstone so the more the merrier. I love how the Ornate tiara kind of combines a wreath style tiara with a kokoshnik. The second tiara is very simple but has a lot of purple power if you know what I mean. 

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Royal Tiara Challenge 2017

1. Favorite Amethyst Tiara

Queen Mary’s Amethyst Tiara

The tiara includes large oval amethysts positioned vertically between sets of two horizontally stacked smaller oval amethysts. The whole diadem is studded with extra diamonds and is enclosed by a straight row of diamonds at the top and bottom. Though rounded gems of any sort surrounded by diamonds is an old concept, the set manages to take on a rather modern look.

Queen Alexandra’s Amethyst Tiara

The important diamond and amethyst tiara was composed of seven single oval amethysts graduating from the centre to lozm flowers, supported by twin leaves and single diamonds within a graduated oval diamond frame, each intersected by diamond bars, with single diamond tops, and supported by twin diamond semi-circles, with single line diamond base.

anonymous asked:

What tiaras are/were owned by the Dukes of Bedford?

I know of two tiaras that belong to the Dukes of Bedford.  First a floral tiara that was created circa 1830 by Fossin (a predecessor to Chaumet) and was a gift from the 7th Duke to his wife Anna. 

There is also an amethyst tiara that was created circa 1870 probably also by Fossin.

Both tiaras were recently featured in the Chaumet: Imperial Splendors exhibition at the Palace Museum in Beijing, China.  The pieces were credited as being on loan from the Bedford Estates meaning the family has created a trust to protect their historical collection.

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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. 

anonymous asked:

what metals are tiaras made of nowadays?

Tiaras like other jewellery are made from precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum.  These metals are used because they are less reactive but they are also more expensive.  The metals used in tiara making (and most other things) are not 100% pure instead the main metal is alloyed with others to improve the strength, durability, malleability, luster, or resistance to corrosion.  Also you asked for “nowadays” so all of the tiaras seen here except for one have been made in this millennium.

Gold is probably the most used metal for tiaras.  It’s typically but not always used in combination with silver.  The diamonds would be set in silver and any other gemstone in gold.  Overwhelmingly the tiaras covered here on Tiara Mania are set with both gold and silver but it can also be combined with platinum or white gold or sometimes just used by itself.  I’ve seen people say before that there are not very many gold tiaras anymore but just because it’s not in your face yellow gold doesn’t mean it’s not there.  Skilled jewellers can set gemstones in a way that very little of the metal is showing but sometimes they use the metal as an important part of the design and not just as something to hold the gemstones like in Joanna Newsom’s Opal Tiara.

Silver is the longest used of the white metals here.  It’s cheaper than the other metals but it also easily tarnishes.  I think the only recent tiara I’ve covered here that is made of silver only is Princess Marie of Denmark’s Amethyst Lily Tiara but if you look outside of the world of royals you’re more likely to find tiaras made of just silver.  Axenoff is a jeweller that is making great tiaras using silver and semi-precious gemstones meaning they’re cheaper though still above my price range.

Platinum became popular in the early 1900s and continues to be popular to this day so I was surprised to find that the most recent tiara made of platinum that I’ve covered was made in 1976.  It’s a Diamond Tiara made by Van Cleef & Arpels that has been loaned out to several royals including Princess Grace of Monaco.  Platinum is stronger and heavier than gold and silver meaning it is more durable but it also means that it is more difficult for a jeweller to work with.  In addition to the extra cost of craftmanship needed, the price of the platinum itself is more expensive than the other metals here meaning a very expensive tiara. 

White Gold which is an alloy of regular yellow gold and a white metal like nickel but can include several other metals like silver, palladium, or manganese maybe even with some copper or zinc.  The whole thing is then plated in rhodium for added strength and whiteness.  Out of the 356 tiaras I’ve covered there are only ten of them that I know for sure use white gold.  That doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of white gold tiaras out there, they’re just not royal ones.  As white gold has become more popular, royals have come under more scrutiny for their spending on jewels so they buy less tiaras then they used to.  But jewellers are still making plenty of tiaras for non-royals who have the money to buy expensive jewellery and are not in the public eye.  Which sadly for us means we don’t get to see all of the new white gold tiaras being made.  Queen Letizia of Spain’s Fleur de Lys Tiara is one of the few new royal tiaras and it is made of white gold.

Unless the jeweller makes it known which metal was used, it’s usually impossible for us to tell the various white metals apart from each other.  Understandably, the gemstones are considered more interesting so sometimes the jeweller will release information about the gemstones and forget about the metal.  For example, when Van Cleef & Arpels made the Ocean Tiara for Princess Charlene of Monaco in 2011, they released all sorts of information about the gemstones but nothing about the metal.  It’s clearly a white metal we just don’t know which one.

Personally I like it when jewellers experiment with metals like Crown Princess Mary of Denmark’s Midnight Tiara which uses rose gold, white gold, and black oxidized silver.

Or Boucheron’s Emerald Ivy Tiara which is made with black gold and has been worn by Queen Rania of Jordan and Dita von Teese.