|Augusta Victoria of Germany's clover coronet, ca. 1913 |
The Prussian Clover Coronet
|Augusta Victoria |
The Shamrock Kokoshnik Tiara
For my money, one of the most charming kokoshniks out there is this tiara, which is made up of tiny shamrocks or trefoils. The piece also comes from the collection of the former imperial family of Germany. The tiara, which was made by Fabergé, can also be worn with three detachable elements to supplement the design. It was given as a wedding present to Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the wife of the last German crown prince, in 1905. Her daughter, also named Cecilie, wore it at her wedding to Texan architect Clyde Harris in 1949. Ursula's site features additional pictures of the piece.
The Irish Guards Shamrock Brooch
When the Duchess of Cambridge makes a visit to the Irish Guards, she borrows a gold shamrock brooch from them to wear for the occasion (see the photograph above). The piece has a teeny-tiny emerald set right in the center of the shamrock leaves, giving it a bit of glitter as well as shine. Kate has worn the brooch on three separate occasions so far (and likely will wear it again on Monday); in the past, the regiment has also loaned the brooch to the Queen Mum and to Princess Anne.
|Countess of Flanders |
The Albion Art Institute in Tokyo today owns this trefoil-motif tiara, which once belonged to a member of the French imperial family. Napoleon's adopted daughter, Stéphanie de Beauharnais, was probably the first owner of the piece, which is made of pearls and diamonds set in gold and silver. Her granddaughter, Princess Marie, married the Count of Flanders, a son of King Leopold I of Belgium; she's the wearer who is most frequently associated with the tiara. Marie's daughter inherited the tiara, but it eventually left the family altogether. Since it was acquired by Albion Art, it's been included in a number of exhibitions all over the world, including the "Diamond Divas" exhibit in Belgium .
NOTES, PHOTO CREDITS, AND LINKS
1. Cropped version of an image in the public domain due to its age; source here.