Radziwiłł Tiara

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, who informed me that they would be auctioning the magnificent Radziwiłł Tiara, today in their Important Jewellery Sale.

Containing numerous old mine, rose and mixed cut diamonds, the Tiara (made by Chaumet) originally contained seven large pear-shaped diamonds when it was worn by Princess Maria Dolores D’Agramonte Radziwiłł in the 1880s, who gave the Tiara to Archduchess Renata von Habsburg when she married her son, Prince Hieronim Mikołaj Radziwiłł, in 1909. Archduchess Renata wore the Tiara on her Wedding day, but was not pictured wearing the piece before her death in 1935.

The Radziwiłł Tiara was worn by Princess Eugenie of Greece when she married Archduchess Renata’s son, Prince Dominik Radziwiłł, in Paris in 1938. The Radziwiłł Family lost their property in Poland after the Second World War and the couple divorced, following which, Prince Dominik  took the tiara of pear-shaped diamonds, along with a Habsburg necklace, a double row of diamonds, a diamond brooch and a suite of emerald jewelry from Empress Maria Theresa, from their bank vault, which became the cause of a court case, as Princess Eugenie claimed they had been gifts to her from Prince Hieronim. The case was settled out of court, and Prince Dominik eventually sold the Tiara at some point in the years following (though Prince Dominik and Princess Eugenie’s daughter still owns a Tiara).

The seven main diamonds were removed and replaced with paste by a previous owner. The Tiara is now being sold at Auction with an estimate of $6,000 – $8,000 USD, so for a relatively small price, you could own a piece of illustrious Royal History. UPDATE- The Tiara sold for $68,750 and appears to have been acquired by Chaumet, being displayed for Victoria Romanovna Bettarini ahead of her Wedding to Grand Duke George of Russia!


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