Queen Geraldine of Albania

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Royal Tiaras 2016

As part of our Year in review series, we take a look at the the Royal Tiaras of 2016. With the grand 70th Birthday celebrations of King Carl XVI Gustav to the guests at the Albanian Royal Wedding in October, this year has been filled with Royal Tiaras. Here we will look at the Tiaras from each country. This is by no means a comprehensive list, as we haven’t covered Japan or exiled royal families, but it includes events we have covered on this blog. If you have more to add to this, feel free to contact us. As always, click on the highlighted words to get to the comprehensive post on the Tiara or event. Continue reading

Sapphire Goat Tiara

Prince Leka of Albania, pretender to the Albanian throne, will marry Ms Elia Zaharia on October 8th at the Royal Palace in Tirana. In one of her pre-wedding interviews, the bride has stated that she will wear a tiara from the groom’s family. As their grandest tiara, Queen Geraldine’s Wedding tiara, was auctioned decades ago, the only other option is the Sapphire Goat Tiara, which has been worn by Prince Leka’s mother and Grandmother. Continue reading

Upcoming Royal Auctions: Royal Jewels for Auction

      Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Sale- New York- 19 April 2016

Platinum and Diamond Tiara, Ostier for Oesterreicher, Wien- 1938

Estimate: $30,000 — $50,000
Formerly in the Collection of Queen Geraldine of Albania
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On April 19th, Sotheby’s New York is auctioning an Ostier Platinum and Diamond Tiara. This Tiara was designed by Marianne Ostier for Oesterreicher in 1938, to celebrate the marriage of King Zog I of Albania and Queen Geraldine, an Hungarian Countess. This tiara is unique because it depicts the Albanian royal crest of the ‘Ram of Skanderberg’ atop a floral motif. The Ram is a unusual motif, but was appropriate, in lieu of a more traditional religious design, for the marriage of a Roman Catholic Countess and her Muslim King. Continue reading