Princess Yolanda’s Diamond Tiara

Today marks the 35th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Yolanda of Savoy, Countess of Bergolo, who died on this day in 1986! The eldest daughter of wartime King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Princess Yolanda eschewed a royal match and married an Italian Count, living a quiet life in Italy througout the upheavals of the 20th century. To mark the anniversary, we are featuring Princess Yolanda’s spectacular Petochi Tiara! Continue reading

Duchess of Aosta’s Ruby Necklace

Today marks the 115th Anniversary of the Birth of Princess Anne, Duchess of Aosta, who was born on this day in 1906! The daughter of Prince Jean, Duke of Guise and Princess Isabelle of Orléans, in 1927, she married her first cousin, Prince Amedeo of Savoy, the Duke of Apulia. The couple had two daughters, Princess Margherita, Archduchess of Austria-Este and Princess Maria Cristina of the Bourbon Two Sicilies, and became the Duke and Duchess of Aosta in 1931. The Duchess had a very interesting jewellery collection, which included heirloom pieces, such as the Savoy-Aosta Emerald Necklace and the Savoy-Aosta Choker Bandeau and pieces that were commissioned/bought for her, namely the Savoy-Aosta Tiara. Today, in honour of the birthday of the late Duchess, we are featuring her Ruby Demi-Parure! Continue reading

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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