Through the Years → Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden (60/)

10 December 2000 | Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attends the Nobel Prize Ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall, during the 2000 Nobel Festivities in, Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

anonymous asked:

are there any plans to put the italian crown jewels on display?

None that I know of.

To those that don’t know, when King Umberto II of Italy went into exile in 1946 he left some of the jewels behind with a note saying ‘to those entitled’ because it was unclear who owned them.  The jewels have been in a vault in the Banca d'Italia ever since.  When the royal family left Italy they took all of their personal jewels with them and in my opinion that was a much better collection.  The family still owns the Musy Tiara and the Pink Tourmaline Parure.  Most of the Belgian jewels that Queen Marie Jose received from her family have been sold like the Baden Pearl Tiara, the Flanders Turquoise Parure, and the Leuchtenberg Diamond Tiara.

I like this article from the New York Times because Giovanni Bulgari, who was part of a team that examined the jewels in 1976, was so clearly unimpressed with them, “People were saying that the jewels were worth millions and millions of dollars but I am afraid they are not spectacular. The estimates of their value were, it’s hard to say exactly, but my guess would he they are worth only a few hundred thousand dollars.”

You can always view any Italian tiaras here under the Italy tag.


Through the Years → Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden (56/)

16 April 2000 | Queen Margrethe Of Denmark Celebrates 60th Birthday : Evening Gala At The Christianborg Palace In Copenhagen, Denmark On April 16, 2000-Victoria of Sweden. (Photo by Pool BENAINOUS/DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

The Mellerio Shell Tiara (created in 1867) resembles both a shell cradling its treasures and a rolling ocean wave, complete with pearls and briolette-cut diamonds dripping below. There’s a removable diamond drop suspended beneath in the center – highlighting the waves on the base – which is not used these days. The piece comes from famed French jeweler Mellerio, whose delicate work has contributed pieces to many a royal house.