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Old 01-18-2008, 04:15 PM
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My father, Arthur Dickson Wright, was a brilliant general surgeon who once operated on the Queen Mother. My mother Molly was an Australian heiress, a woman of extraordinary charm and elegance.
My father had become wealthy in the pre-NHS days through acting as surgeon to the rich and famous. Harry Secombe, Yehudi Menuhin and Alexander Fleming were among the many well-known figures who came to our house. I also had an inheritance of £2.8million, an extraordinary sum at the time, from my mother who had eventually inherited her family's fortune.
Clarissa Dickson Wright: Confessions of One Fat Lady | the Mail on Sunday



She could recive it from her parents or maybe she bought it or something like that. Or maybe it was kind of gift? Who knows...

Btw she has other ring on the photo from the link.
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:54 PM
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Now this is strange because thats Jennifer's hands so maybe Jennifer left her rings to Clarissa?

According to a Telegraph obit;

"One of her oldest friends was the son of a former Duchess of Westminster, who had left her the fine emerald ring that so shocked viewers when she mixed dough with it on her finger"

She laughed at fate and turned dying into entertainment
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Old 05-09-2008, 04:12 PM
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Lady Nancy Astor tiara
Lady Nancy Astor 1 pictures from fashion photos on webshots

the same few years later Lady Nancy Astor 2 pictures from fashion photos on webshots

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Old 06-22-2008, 10:33 AM
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The Cadaval Diamond Tiara

From the wedding of HRH Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, duc d'Anjou and Diana, Duchess of Cadaval, in Portugal June 2008.
Pics courtesy of Elsa M.

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Old 06-25-2008, 06:56 PM
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WOW...! The Cadaval tiara is magnificent. It seem to be understated and simple, yet showcases stones (diamonds and pearls, I believe) perfectly.
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Old 07-05-2008, 01:02 PM
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A better shot of the Cadaval tiara, from Hola:

http://img133.imageshack.us/img133/4306/tiaraqi8.jpg
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:02 PM
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The Countess Spencer Tiara

Here's the link to the Albion Art Museum Tiara Exhibition page for this Spencer tiara.

c 1890. Gold, silver, diamonds and pearls


"The charm of this example comes from the orient or iridescent sheen of the beautifully matched set of domed button pearls, combined with the glitter of the diamonds. Used together like this the diamond and the pearl bring out the best of each other’s qualities. Being all-white the tiara had the added advantage that it could be worn with dresses of all colours and shone out under the blaze of electric light."
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I don't know if I'm alone, but I've always thought this tiara so ugly. I appreciate it's materials, but the design is....unnatractive at best.
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:30 PM
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We need to keep in mind that notwithstanding the workmanship, not every tiara is a work of art. Some simply don't work, some look ungainly or ugly, and some, as with this particular Spencer, look unbalanced. To me, the large button pearls make the piece appear heavy.

Part of thre problem is that diamonds are very hard to photograph as they tend to appear flat and white rather than sparklng, but even with that as an excuse I can't get past those pearls and the not-particularly attractive tall motifs. Back to the vaults or safety deposit box for this one.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:38 PM
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I completely agree--it looks unbalanced and lacks the symmetry of the Spencer tiara which Diana wore. However, is this an actual Spencer tiara or is it one which Raine brought into the marriage with her?
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We need to keep in mind that notwithstanding the workmanship, not every tiara is a work of art. Some simply don't work, some look ungainly or ugly, and some, as with this particular Spencer, look unbalanced. To me, the large button pearls make the piece appear heavy.
I entirely agree, Warren. And you expressed yourself better than I..haha.

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no, no, no. Take it apart and reuse the stuff. The gemstones are lovely. If all else fails throw in a few pecans and there you have it. I have been howling for oh how long about the "pecan parurue" or should we call it the Ena Snarples pecan parurue to give it a high faluting sound. that one I want to wear. I guess it is against the rules to send pictures of oneself but I would love to send one of a certain deranged chocoholic living in the screen porch of Hell (aka Columbia SC) in his best black suit and tie wearing that contraption. Now that would stop traffic and have commitment papers whisked through the courts in record time. Of course SWMO would be not amused and that would be that. I guess it is a good think I cannot photoshop after all. All I would need on top of that would be a pet squarrel on a leash. Cheers.
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All I would need on top of that would be a pet squarrel on a leash. Cheers.
Something like this Thomas? . . Squirrel on a leash
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I am in agreement on this not being my favorate tiara,but... I do think it would make a wonderful necklace. Even so left the way it is....I'd still wear it!! HEHE
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Old 09-10-2008, 07:47 PM
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This "Countess Spencer Tiara" is definitely the one that belonged privately to Raine. There are two other "real" Spencer tiaras, both of which are fairly familiar (from Diana, and the second from exhibition--it's the large Greek Palmetto one).
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Old 12-03-2008, 12:13 PM
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the westminster jewels are stunning

i liked both the devonshire tiara's as well
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Old 12-06-2008, 09:37 AM
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What fabulous jewels.... may I ask a stupid question....
the jewels of most of the nobility are heirloom collections????????? They arent buying all those expensive pieces now adays, are they?
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The Westminster's have an astounding collection of jewels--I believe they have two Faberge tiaras (and a Faberge tiara isn't exactly common).
Faberges Gold and diamond Cyclamen Tiara | Duke of Westminster
Faberge Tiara Myrtenkranz | Myrtle-Leaves and berries as a Diadem Duke of Westminster

A Chaumet:
Chaumet Platin Kokoshnik mit blauem Email | Duke of Westminster
To answer CarolinaLandgrave's question, this particular parue (The Bagration Parue) of the Westminster's was bought in 1977 by the current Duke of Westminter as an engagement for his bride, Natashia Phillips.
Bagration Parure - Necklace, Earrings, Comb, Tiara Pink Spinel Diamont Set
This parue is quite simply one of the nicest ones out there.

Oh, and they have this tiara, which I do not like when the pearl spikey things are on top:
Westminster-Grosvenor Pearl Drop Tiara | Orientperlen Tropfen aus der Schatzkammer der Herzöge
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:28 AM
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Other jewels of the Nobility:
Argyll: Royal Wedding Gifts | Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll
Connoughts: Jewels - Louise Margaret Duchess of Connaught | Princess of Prussia, the diamond necklace is the one Victoria wore when she married Prince Albert (her Turkish diamond necklace)
Devonshire: DIADEM - TIARA

and if you play with the websites, you'll find all sorts of other goodies!
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Janet, where do you find all of these fabulous pix? Well done!
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