09 October 2015

This Week in Royal Jewels: October 2-8

October 2-8, 2015

We've got royal earrings and necklaces galore this week -- be sure to vote for your favorites in the poll below!

10. On Monday, Princess Sofia of Sweden wore small diamond earrings, her engagement and wedding rings, and a Project Playground bracelet at the start of a two-day trip to her hometown, Dalarna. The pin she has affixed to her lapel is a small gold Dala horse, an icon of Dalarna and of Sweden in general. (Trivia: I put one on my Christmas tree every year!)

08 October 2015

Vintage Royals: Farah Arrives in Paris

1959: Farah Diba arrives at Orly Airport in Paris after the announcement of her courtship with the Shah of Iran

Farah Pahlavi's Wedding Jewels

This October, we're going to be delving into the bejeweled history of one of the most intriguing royal women of the twentieth century: Farah Pahlavi, the former empress of Iran. We're beginning with the jewels she wore on the day she joined the imperial family: her wedding day.

Farah (who was born Farah Diba) was the third wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran. He had been married and divorced twice before, and his third marriage was motivated in part by his need for a male heir. His only daughter, Princess Shahnaz, helped coordinate his relationship with Farah, who was a twenty-one-year old architecture student in Paris when they met. They were engaged in November 1959, and their wedding was held that December.