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Leuchtenberg sapphire tiara, necklace and earrings
This diamond and sapphire parure (set) was a wedding gift from French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte to his adopted son’s wife, Princess Augusta Amalia of Bavaria. The Duchess of Leuchtenberg (as she was known after her marriage) gave the set to her daughter Josephine when she married the future King Oscar I of Sweden in 1823.
The parure is now in the family foundation in Sweden and has been worn mostly by queens and those acting as first ladies of the country.
please tell us about the tiaras sold by the cholmondeley family !
This necklace, with a long royal pedigree, belonged to the
Cholmondeley. It was sold at Christies, you can read about the necklace here. This is the second time the necklace went up for sale. Below are pictures from the first auction.
As you can see the necklace was originally part of a parure given to
Princess Hélène d’Orléans (1871-1951). It was a wedding gift from her Godfather,
Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale. At some point the parure was acquired by
Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley (1894-1989). She had quite the jewel collection, including some French Crown Jewels.
The pictures above are of the French sapphire parure that the
Marchioness of Cholmondeley wore to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. She later sold the parure in the 70′s. After that the tiara, necklace, and earrings were separated.
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.