|Empress Elisabeth of Austria by Winterhalter |
|Alexandra of Denmark, then Princess of
Wales, wears diamond stars on the
bodice of her gown 
A trove of diamond star ornaments is also found in the collection of the Dutch royal family. These stars were first owned by Queen Emma, who in 1879 received multiple sets as wedding gifts. The current generation of Dutch royal ladies wears the stars in various ways, but their most important outing in recent years was at the wedding of the current king and queen in 2002. Máxima used five of the ten-pointed diamond stars atop the base of the Pearl Button Tiara as her wedding diadem 
One of the most impressive examples of a nineteenth-century diamond star jewel is the Diadem of the Stars, which today is housed with the collection of crown jewels from the former royal family of Portugal. It was constructed for Queen Maria Pia of Portugal in 1863, at the time when Sisi’s stars were becoming a matter of public fascination . It also features a coordinating necklace.
|The Diadem of the Stars |
2. See “The World of the Habsburgs” for more.
3. See Brigitte Hamann, The Reluctant Empress: A Biography of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (2012).
4. Cropped version of a photograph in the public domain; source here.
5. This is the tiara often incorrectly referred to as the “Rundell” tiara; it was made by Garrard, not Rundell & Bridge. See A Tiara a Day and The Queen’s Diamonds (Roberts).
6. See Ursula’s website for more on these claims.
7. See John’s website for much more detailed information on the various diamond star sets owned by the Dutch royals.
8. See this post from A Tiara a Day for more information.
9. Cropped version of photograph available via Wikimedia Commons; source here.
10. For much more on the theft and recovery of the diamond and pearl star, read here and here.