Cartier Olive Wreath Tiara

Today marks the Anniversary of the Death of Princess Marie Bonaparte, Princess George of Greece and Denmark, who died on this day in 1962! The Bonaparte Princess who married a Greek Prince (an uncle of 3 Kings, 2 Queens and the Duke of Edinburgh among others), became a psychoanalyst, and rescued Freud from the Nazis, Princess Marie was a fascinating and today we are going to be featuring her Cartier Olive Wreath Tiara!

A magnificent Diamond Olive Wreath, set with eleven large cushion-shaped diamonds that could be swapped out for emeralds and rubies, the central pear-shaped diamond of the Cartier Olive Wreath Tiara would also be replaced with a large Diamond Star and the piece could be worn in a variety. of versatile configurations. Made for Princess Marie’s wedding, the Tiara was among the wedding gifts on display in a window at Cartier in the weeks leading up to the wedding.

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Princess Marie wore her Cartier Olive Wreath Tiara in its versatile configurations for the rest of her life, from the Wedding Ball of Prince René of Bourbon-Parma and her niece, Princess Margaret of Denmark, in 1921, the Wedding Gala of Prince Aimone, Duke of Spoleto and Princess Irene of Greece in 1939, and the Coronation of her niece-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, when she spent the ceremony psychoanalyzing her seatmate, the future French President François Mitterrand.


The Tiara was inherited by her only daughter, Princess Eugenie of Greece, after Princess Marie’s death in 1962, who notably wore it for a Ball at the Royal Palace of Brussels in 1958, and at King Constantine and Princess Anne Marie’s Wedding Gala at the Royal Palace of Athens in 1964. It was inherited by Princess Eugenie’s children, including Princess Tatiana Radziwiłł, after her death in 1989. Eventually, the Cartier Olive Wreath Tiara, without its central diamond and the emeralds and rubies, was bought by the Albion Art Institute at the Beaussant Lefèvre Auction House in 1999 for $40,000, and is now exhibited around the world.

There was a Pearl and Diamond Hair-comb made in a similar design to the Cartier Olive Wreath Tiara, which has been mounted as a Tiara by the time of Princess Eugenie’s Wedding to Prince Dominik Radziwiłł in 1938 and was also worn to the Wedding of Prince Philip of Greece to the future Queen Elizabeth II in 1947. It was later worn by Princess Tatiana Radziwiłł for the Greek State Visit to France in 1956 but has also been sold and is now in the Cartier Collection.


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Prince and Princess George of Greece. Known as Aunt Mimi in the family, she was born Princess Marie Bonaparte on July 2nd 1882. Her maternal grandfather Mr Blanc had built the Monte Carlo casino and was the principal real estate developer in the principality. Her mother having died shortly after her birth left her a colossal fortune making her one of the richest princesses of Europe. She married my great grandfather 's brother known as uncle Goggy. Intellectual, independent, eccentric, afflicted by phobias and a hypochondriac she left for Vienna to study with Freud and became his right hand writing numerous books on sexuality and orgasm and becoming a leading authority in her field at the time. She visited prisoners to study the causes of violence. Thanks to her fortune she was able to look after her impoverished Greek relatives during the exile and chartered a plane to smuggle Freud out of Vienna to London when the Nazis wanted to arrest him! She modeled for the famous sculptor Brancusi and his sculpture of her created a scandal in 1919 when he represented her as a huge gleaming bronze phallus that symbolized her lifelong quest to achieve vaginal orgasm since she was frigid and Freud was treating her for that! My mother told me that when my twin and I were born she came to the clinic, stormed in the room, immediately instructed the nurse " unpack all that" examined our little bodies "down there", with a big smile exclaimed "perfect! Perfect " and stormed right out to the howls of laughter of everyone in the room! She and uncle Goggy went to the Queen's coronation in London. She was seated next to a young man and since she was bored asked him if he would like her to psychoanalyze him! He accepted and the whole time they chatted. The young man was Francois Mitterrand! She is wearing here her fabulous laurel leaf Cartier diamond tiara. #chic #jewels #jewelry #yugoslavroyalfamily #danishroyalfamily #mariebonaparte #lucienfreud #greekroyalfamily #royal #wwwprincedimitri #tiara #cartier #psychanalyse #coronation #monarchy #photooftheday #noblesseoblige #cool #kinggeorgeofgreece #funny #fabulous #diamonds

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𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐄𝐒𝐒 𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐈𝐄 𝐁𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐏𝐀𝐑𝐓𝐄’𝐬 𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐖𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐓𝐇 𝐓𝐈𝐀𝐑𝐀: The tiara was made for Princess Marie for her marriage to Prince George of Greece and Denmark in 1907. The gifts she received for her wedding were so lavish that Cartier devoted a window to the display, this tiara was included. The olive branch design was perfect considered she was marrying a Greek Prince and it was reminiscent of the styles popular in the Napoleonic era (she was the great-grandniece of Napoleon I). In her photograph of her wearing the tiara she tends to wear it with the branches close to lying flat on the sides of her head – as worn above, she uses it in which was popular in those times.⠀ ⠀ The tiara, has two olive branches of pavé set diamonds in platinum meet to surround a large central pear-shaped diamond pendant. Throughout the tiara are diamonds repressing “fruit” of the branches. The diamonds can be swapped out for emeralds set in gold (the original version was displayed with emeralds) and rubies. The center pendant can also be swapped out as seen at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Marie wore the tiara with rubies and with a diamond star in the center. Marie and her husband were representing their nephew, King Paul, but Marie was bored of all pomp and the pageantry, she spent the ceremony engaging the man next to her in a round of psychoanalysis. Her seatmate happened to be the future President of France, François Mitterrand. They barley witnessed the ceremony finding their conversation more interesting. Princess Marie Bonaparte died in 1962, and thirty years later the tiara was sold at an auction. The central diamond was missing from the tiara at this point, and the alternative emerald and ruby stones were also apparently not included in the sale. The tiara was purchased in 1999 by the Albion Art Institute. They replaced the pear-shaped diamond, and now the tiara is shown in exhibitions around the world, including the recent Cartier: Style and History exhibit.

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One thought on “Cartier Olive Wreath Tiara

  1. My absolute favorite wreath tiara. Perfect for a descendent of Napoleon. Many wreath tiaras do not get the center point right, this tiara solves that issue with the addition of the pearl drop. The pearl drop also makes this tiara that much luxurious. The stones are impeccable and the craftsmanship is immaculate. This tiara is without a doubt an exquisite masterpiece. I love it, definitely my all time favorite wreath tiara. I would love to see this styled so romantically, with a cream colored silk toga-esq dress so that it really plays up the Greek Goddess feel. I also really like the pearl wreath bandeau haircomb. I would have loved to see Kate Middleton wear the pearl one with her pearl and diamond drop earrings and that blush colored Alexander McQueen gown that she wore when she was pregnant and met the Royal family of Norway.

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