Vladimir Fringe Tiara

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna / Princess Nicholas of Greece, the only daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin who married Prince Nicholas of Greece and was the mother of of Princess Paul of YugoslaviaPrincess Marina, Duchess of Kent, and Princess Elisabeth, Countess of Törring-Jettenbach. To mark the day, we are taking a look the Vladimir Fringe Tiara- Continue reading

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Japanese New Year’s Reception 2019

Emperor Akihito (wearing the Sash, Star and Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum) and Empress Michiko of Japan were accompanied by Crown Prince Naruhito (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum), Crown Princess Masako (wearing the Pearl Sunburst Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Prince Akishino (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum) and Princess Kiko (wearing her Wedding Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Princess Mako (in her 20th-Birthday Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Princess Kako (wearing her Diamond Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), and extended members of the Imperial Family (in their Personal Tiaras and the Order of the Precious Crown) at the annual Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1st. This was the last New Year’s Reception of the Reign of Emperor Akihito, ahead of his Abdication in April, and the first time the Crown Princess attended the public Audience in over 15 years. Continue reading

Bavarian Lover’s Knot Tiara

Today marks the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Amalia of Greece, born Duchess Amalia of Oldenburg on this day in 1818, who was the Queen Consort of King Otto I of Greece from 1836 to 1862, and spent the rest of her life in exile in the King’s native Bavaria. To mark the occasion, we are taking a look at the Bavarian Lover’s Knot Tiara, a piece not only worn by Queen Amalia but also one I’ve been wanting to feature for a long time. Continue reading

Jewels of the Countess of Romanones

Today marks the Anniversary of the death of Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones, who passed away on this day in 2017, at the age of 94. The American-born Spanish Countess had served as a spy during WWII and later for the CIA, and was a glamorous socialite who was friends with the Duchess of Windsor (who she once involved in a plot), Princess Grace of Monaco, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy among others. A member of the International Best Dressed List since 1962, the late Countess had a large collection of magnificent jewels, a couple of which she auctioned at Sotheby’s in Geneva in 2011. Continue reading