Princess de Réthy’s Cartier Flower Tiara

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Lilian of Belgium, Princess of Réthy, who passed away on this day in 2002! The commoner who controversially married the widowed King Leopold III of Belgium in house arrest during the Second World War, Princess Lilian was the beloved stepmother to Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg, and King Baudouin and King Albert II of Belgium, and as the First lady, but not Queen of Belgium, for almost two decades, possessed a spectacular Jewellery Collection, which included this Cartier Flower Tiara! Continue reading

Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna’s Pearl Drop Tiara

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, who was born not his day in 1872! Queen Victoria’s Hessen Granddaughter who became the tragic last Empress of Russia, the Tsarina possessed a splendid personal jewellery collection as well as a spectacular collection of jewels from the Imperial Vaults, which included this massive Pearl Drop Tiara!

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Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara 

The Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, son of Princess Benedikte of Denmark and Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, is finally marrying his partner of 20 years, Carina Axelsson, today, after decades of inheritance disputes. Carina wore the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Diamond Spike Tiara for years, and today she’ll gain access to the spectacular Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara! Continue reading

Power & Image: Royal & Aristocratic Tiaras

Yesterday, the Beau Monde and I went to Sotheby’s to see their Platinum Jubilee Exhibition: ‘Power & Image: Royal & Aristocratic Tiaras’, in which over 40 outstanding tiaras of Royal and Noble Provenance are displayed, alongside tiaras from contemporary British jewellers! The exhibition was spectacular, featuring some of the most splendid Aristocratic Tiaras (many of which we have covered here), and also offered two amazing surprises.  Continue reading

The Collection of the late Lord and Lady Swaythling | 27 May 2022

Christie’s is auctioning the Collection of the late Lord and Lady Swaythling, the pictures, furniture, porcelain and objets d’art, both inherited and collected by David and Ninette Montagu which  graced their striking modern London residence and late 19th-century house at Newmarket. Among the sale are 43 lots of spectacular antique and modern jewellery, which we are featuring today!

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Delhi Durbar Tiara

Today marks the 155th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Mary, who was born on this day in 1867! The Teck Princess who lived through the reigns of six monarchs and was the Queen Consort for 25 years, as well as a Queen Mother and Queen Grandmother, Queen Mary assembled much of the British Royal Family’s spectacular Jewellery Collection, which includes the Delhi Durbar Tiara! Continue reading

Finnish State Visit to Sweden

The Swedish Royal Family hosting President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio of Finland, who are on a State Visit to Sweden from May 17th to the 19th, to celebrate and build diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia last made a State Visit to Finland in 2015, while the last Finnish State Visit was in 2012.

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