22 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Boucheron Loop Tiara

Grand Ladies Site

The Princess of Wales (previously the Duchess of York, later Queen Mary) wears the Boucheron Loop Tiara for a coronation-related portrait, ca. 1902; more on this lost sparkler over here!

Jewels in Motion: Karl and Zita's Wedding (1911)

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Yesterday, we featured the classic tiara worn by Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma, the last Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, at her wedding in 1911. Today, I've got some fascinating newsreel footage from that wedding to share, including pictures of several tiara-clad guests. Put on your jewel detective hats, and enjoy seeing a piece of history in motion!

21 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Lotus Flower Tiara

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The Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom) wears the Lotus Flower Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1925; read much more about the tiara over here!

Empress Zita's Wedding Tiara

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In the waning days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a royal wedding united a Habsburg archduke and a Bourbon-Parma princess. It would be one of the last great imperial gatherings in Austria before the assassination of the family's heir led to the outbreak of World War I. Today, we're looking at the tiara worn at the center of it all: the bridal diadem of Zita of Bourbon-Parma.

20 October 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Iveagh Tiara

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The Princess of Wales (later Queen Mary, previously the Duchess of York) wears the Iveagh Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1905; read more about this classic tiara over here!