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Old 09-21-2007, 10:11 AM
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Queen Emma's taste

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Anna's mother had a lot of the burned jewels replaced, not her father. Many diamonds could be recut, but the russian court jeweller had a lot of trouble finding new pear-shaped pearls. The great drama was ofcourse when her jewels were stolen.

And btw. I believe the worst thing that ever happened to Dutch Royal Jewels was when Queen Emma got her 'hands on it' after Willem III died. She ordered the horrible Stuart Parure and Emerald Parure, demolished the Van Kempen parure (that probably was a resetting of an early 19th certury piece) and had the star tiara of Queen Sophie demolished for the Peacock parure.

Although resetting of jewels was common practice I do believe these newly created tiara's are probably the ugliest ever owned by the Oranjes (except the Peacock parure)
Spot on. I believe more was destroyed than gained by demolishing these 19th century pieces (by Emma). Although Queen Sophia's star tiara wasn't actually hers and was only worn by her for a portrait I believe. Most of the demolished pieces were "reset" by a Jeweller named Schurmann ( in Frankfurt I believe). From what we can see today I guess both the jeweller's and Queen Emma's taste wasn't very refined. Before Queen Emma made this attempt to create some new 'wearable jewellery' she had in fact choosen the Mellerio Ruby tiara from several designs. Yet another 'strange' choice IMO and as we now know a prelude of what would come.......

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Old 09-21-2007, 03:43 PM
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Are you sure they used new sapphires for the Mellerio sapphire parure? I believe when the poster posted this on the RJWMB it was said that in one of the books on Dutch royal jewels (Brus?) it was said that they went to Willem III. The only other possibility is that they went to GD Sophie as Hendriks widow didn´t inherit anything (not even when her father went to The Hague to reason with the King). But didn´t Sophie already inherit other coloured stones from her brother, rubies I believe?

Did Emma add anything to the collection on her own account or the only pieces she added were those that were given to her by her husband?

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Old 10-01-2007, 09:40 AM
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O-N Sapphires and other bits (of information)

I wasn't saying they bought new sapphires necessarily but the stones do not make a match - at all. So they either bought new ones or they used other sapphires that were in their posession. Also I do not think that Brus actually stated that the sapphires used in the Mellerio sapphire tiara came from the discussed parure. My point still is the size and shape of the sapphires in the Mellerio Sapphire tiara do not match Queen Anna Paulowna's sapphire parure - at all. As I wrote the only sapphires that seem to match are the large oval one set in the large bow brooch that is now part of the Sapphire tiara, the large square sapphire that is set in the center part of the Mellerio tiara and lastly a square sapphire that is set in an other sapphire bow brooch. All the other large square, rectangualr and oval sapphires from Anna Paulowna's parure seem to have gone missing....... But then again we do not know if the drawing presented the actual parure of Anna Paulowna. For instance many of the drawings in the Brus book were design drawings not always the drawings of the end-result. And then there's such a thing as an artists impression. This could of course be the case here as well.
Apart from the above, Brus, although the only one who ever wrote a comprehensive study of the O-N jewels he (at least as I have understood it) was never granted full access to the royal archives and did not write the book with Her Majesty's blessing so he might not have had all the information when writing the book. Recently Els Smit from Vorsten has already pointed out that the provenance of several pieces is actually different from what Brus has stated.

Your question about Emma: I don't have any information about which jewels shemight have added herself. I do believe she received some gifts for her wedding. She did not carry a trousseau ful of jewels like Anna Paulowna when she came to Holland that's for sure!
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:33 AM
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it seems that maxima has been digging in the voults so we may see more hidden jewllery in the future, but in the process i hope there will be more photos of Queen Willhelmina here
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Old 09-26-2009, 02:02 PM
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Wilhelmina's tiara

Koningin Wilhelmina op 18-jarige leeftijd Schilderij en profil. De Koningin draa…

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Does anyone knows something about this tiara? Does the tiara still exist?
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:13 PM
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Sorry, But I respectfully disagree. I really DO love the Dutch Royal Jewelry Collection and do NOT believe that they have "one of the ugliest collections of cjs on the planet" -that seems harsh to me.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:28 PM
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A pearl-star combined tiara for queen Wilhelmina?

Who can help me out? I recently found a picture of queen Wilhelmina, she is wearing a tiara which I have never seen before. It looks like a bit of a combination of the antique pearl tiara with the diamond stars of queen Emma's diamond tiara, although the upper star has much more than 12 points as the upper star in Emma's tiara. Thank you in advance.
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:08 AM
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That particular picture is of Queen Wilhelmina in 1897/8. She's wearing the upper parts of her mothers diamond tiara that belonged to the so-called Van Kempen Parure of 1879. The ornaments were re-mountable on a wire frame. The parure's sometimes refered to as the 'old crown parure' as this parure was broken up by Jeweller Eduard Schurmann in Frankfurt around the time of this picture. Queen Emma wanted to create a new diamond parure for the investiture of het daughter Wilhelmina in 1898. The wire frame with the ornaments (pearls and diamond sunbursts) was on exhibit in the 1990's but has not been seen since.
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Old 05-12-2011, 08:58 AM
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des anyone have a good photo of marys haircomb she wore in stockholm, t
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:04 AM
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des anyone have a good photo of marys haircomb she wore in stockholm, t
here some photos:
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:39 PM
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here is a link of queen wilhelima and a blog post about the diamond Queen of Holland
A Touch of Dutch Sparkle
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:31 PM
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This sapphire parure is magnificent!


Too bad it's been taken apart. It really is stunning.
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:26 PM
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it must been a while ago to see so many dutch tiaras from the voults at the same time as we saw last night

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