When was it made? they're something really majestic about them....is there like a curse attached to them? hahaha
Nope, no curse; nothing so interesting! The Poltimore tiara was bought by the King and Queen from the family of Lord Poltimore as a wedding present for Princess Margaret. I think it had been made for the previous generation of Poltimores, so it isn't that ancient. The Delhi Durbar tiara was made for Queen Mary at around the same time that the Crown of India was made for King George V, when they travelled to India for the Durbar in 1911 and couldn't take the crowns they'd worn at their coronations because the crown jewels can't leave the country.
Jewels like the Delhi durbar tiara, may not be worn so much because of the imperial connotations/memories they evoke. Its a reminder of a time when Britain ruled India and was very much an imperial power. I mentioned this before in the Indian jewels thread, a lot of the magnificent jewels of India's nobility and royalty were "acquired" by or simply given to the Brits. For many people from the subcontinent (Indians/Pakistanis) they're not a pleasant reminder.
Beautiful pictures! I have many, many favorites but if I *HAD* to make choices I would say the Empress Farah's Harry Winston one, QEII's "ivy" one that was given to her by the Nizam of Hyderabad (was broken up a few years ago :( ), and the Marie Pavlovna one that has interchangeable pearl and emerald drops, also owned by Her Majesty. There are so many, many that's it's hard to pick favorites!
- The Imperial Tiara. This diamond and platinum tiara was a bride's father gift, from Kaiser Wilhelm II, to Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia, in 1913. Queen Sofia wore it on her wedding day and so did Princess Letizia: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...k/hanover6.jpg
Here's a nice photo a friend took of Empress Eugenie's pearl tiara, Queen Marie-Amelie's sapphire parure, and the Angouleme emerald tiara along w/ some other crowns on display at the Louvre. I was pissed that I missed the display.
Real princesses always wear sleeves so why do we all go for strapless?
The Russian and Iranian royals have IMHO the finest overall collection ( a lot of the Russian ones have eneded up with the British royals so maybe that would be the more accurate term! ). I love Queen Elizabeth's Vladimir tiara but I guess my all-time favorite is the pink diamond one that belonged to the Empress Farah of Iran. Absolutely lovely piece. I also have a soft spot for the cameo tiara of the Swedish collection (and cannot wait to see Victoria wearing it on her wedding day).:)