Orléans Emerald Necklace

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Princess Hélène of Orléans, Duchess of Aosta, who was born on this day in 1871! The Orléans Princess who married an Italian Prince and became a noted traveller and big-game hunter before becoming the Head of the Italian Red Cross, the Duchess possessed many splendid jewels, many of which have already been featured, so today we are featuring the Duchess’ splendid Emerald Necklace, one of her most well-known pieces today!

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Empress Eugenie’s Andean Emerald Cross

Today marks the 195th of the Birth of Empress Eugénie of France, who was born on this day in 1826! Doña María Eugenia de Palafox y Kirkpatrick, Countess of Teba and Marchioness of Ardales, popularly known as Eugenia de Montijo, became the Empress of the French after her marriage to Napoleon III, in 1853. The daughter of the Count of Monitjo, the sister of the Duchess of Alba, and the godmother of Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, who married the head of the Bonaparte family, Empress Eugénie lived a very long life dying at age 96, in Madrid. To mark the anniversary, we are featuring her marvellous Andean Emerald Cross, a 45 carat emerald cross that traveled through the French, British and Spanish Royal Collections, in an article written by assistant editor, David Rato, who runs the Spanish Royal Jewels account on Instagram! Continue reading

Ruby Dragonfly Tiara

Happy Birthday to Princess Camilla of the Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, who turns 50 today! An Italian Heiress married to a Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies who is quite active on the European Social Circuit, the Duchess attends quite a few glittering events, and since we have already covered her Ancona Tiara, so to mark her birthday today, we are taking a look at her striking Ruby Dragonfly Tiara! Continue reading