Sunday, December 18, 2005

My favorite tiara

The diamond and pearl tiara created by Musy for the Italian
queen Margherita is my favorite tiara. Probably the most
versatile of designs, it can be worn at least five or six
different ways. I've only seen images of Queen Margherita
wearing the tiara in its main form, which is quite grand.

When Princess Marie Jose of Belgium married Margherita's
grandson in 1930, she wore the tiara on her wedding day.
It is worn quite spread out here and must have been a
sight to behold. Later it gets worn conventionally
more towards the back of the crown.

Two further illustrations of the tiara's versatility.
During the 1930's and 1940's tiaras were worn low on
the forehead. To the left is the tiara with just the
inner "spikes" and to the right is the outer frame
without pearls. Since I don't have the book on the
Savoy jewels (and not being a reader of Italian) I
can't tell you much about the jewel itself.

Many of you royal jewels diehards will be mutually
gritting your teeth at the sight of Marina Doria
wearing the grand tiara (this was at the 2004
Danish royal wedding, BTW). Sunglasses with tiara?
Oh, please. Personally I'm happy to see it's
still around, not sold like other pieces of
the Savoy jewels or languishing in a Roman
bank vault.


At Wednesday, February 22, 2006 1:26:00 AM, Anonymous Jan Rask Eriksen said...

You are right Jan

sunglasses and tiara's does go together!

the italian royal tiara is quite unique - will be exiting to see what's in the leather boxes in the Roman Bank left by King Umberto before fleeing Italy.

Jan (from Denmark).

At Saturday, May 20, 2006 3:43:00 AM, Anonymous Terry O'Brien said...

I have very much enjoyed your cross collection development of certin themes. And Ii look forward to more. I hope you might get the change for an update in the not too far distant future.

Congratulation and best wishes.
Terry O'Brien

At Wednesday, July 05, 2006 8:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Bank of Italy's governor Draghi two mounths ago started procedures to show crown jewels custoded in caveau from 1946

Milan, Italy

At Sunday, July 16, 2006 7:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an American of Italian descent I'm proud to see such a stunning piece of royal jewelry. I would love to see more of the Savoy collection.

At Monday, March 19, 2007 3:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

first of all sunglasses and a tiara does not go together.

At Monday, January 28, 2008 1:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the tiara looks great, the shades so,so....but please, somebody should tell her to keep off the botox and away from those surgeons!!...far too nouveau!!

At Monday, April 13, 2009 12:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there

The tiara is really stunning... I actualy tink she looks posh. Manny royals are afraid of using their big pieces.
The reason for the sunglasses, is that she has a eye disease, which make her alergic to bright sunlite

At Monday, September 21, 2009 10:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Princess Marina have a big problem and a illness with her eyes so it's for that she wears most of the time light sun glasses.
Laurent (Paris)


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