Jewels of the Countess of Romanones

Today marks the Anniversary of the death of Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones, who passed away on this day in 2017, at the age of 94. The American-born Spanish Countess had served as a spy during WWII and later for the CIA, and was a glamorous socialite who was friends with the Duchess of Windsor (who she once involved in a plot), Princess Grace of Monaco, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy among others. A member of the International Best Dressed List since 1962, the late Countess had a large collection of magnificent jewels, a couple of which she auctioned at Sotheby’s in Geneva in 2011. Continue reading

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Marchioness of Londonderry’s Tiaras

Today marks the 140th Anniversary of Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the 7th Marchioness of Londonderry, who was an influential society hostess throughout much of the first half of the 20th century. The Anglo Irish Vane-Tempest-Stewart have have produced a plethora of politicians and socialites, Lady Annabel Goldsmith is the daughter of the 8th Marquess, and Edith was one of a long line of prominent Marchionesses of Londonderry who entertained at the family seats of Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland and Wynyard Park in County Durham as well as the famous Londonderry House in London, all of which no longer belong to the current Marquess. To mark the anniversary of her birth, we are taking a look at the Jewels of the Marchionesses of Londonderry- Continue reading

Queen Alexandra’s Diamond Chandelier Earrings

Today marks the Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, and to mark the occasion, as well as the birth and death anniversaries of Queen Alexandra and her daughter, Queen Maud, last week, we have been featuring some of their jewels. Click HERE to learn about Queen Alexandra’s Diamond and Pearl Brooch, and HERE to take a look at Queen Maud’s Drapers’ Company Brooch. Continue reading

Queen Maud’s Drapers’ Company Brooch

Today marks the 149th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Maud of Norway, the British Princess who became the first Queen of an Independent Kingdom of Norway. To mark the occasion, as well as the birth and death anniversaries of Queen Alexandra and Queen Maud this week, we have been featuring some of their jewels, featuring Queen Maud’s Drapers’ Company Brooch. Click HERE to learn about Queen Alexandra’s Diamond and Pearl Brooch. Continue reading