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Old 06-17-2014, 05:11 PM
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Jewels of the Spanish Aristocracy

I hope that I did not overlook an existing thread, but I couldn't find a jewellery thread for the Spanish aristocrats, so I opened a new one.

The fact that there is now a new duke of Medinaceli, Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg y Medina, inspired me to look again into their family tiaras.


On the Foro Dinastias I found this picture of a bride with what looked like the tiara of the late Duchess of Medinaceli. http://postimg.org/image/97xy1sgif/

The text said, that it was Flavia of Hohenlohe y Medina, sister of Marco of Hohenlohe.

But I always thought that this was a wedding pic of Flavia: http://postimg.org/image/o6s0sdrgt/

Can anyone here identify these two ladies? Which one is the real Flavia? And might the other bride be Sandra Schmidt-Polex, ex-wife of the new duke of Medinaceli?
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:40 PM
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There's a thread on the jewels of the Duchess of Alba ,perhaps we could merge the 2?

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I hope that I did not overlook an existing thread, but I couldn't find a jewellery thread for the Spanish aristocrats, so I opened a new one.

The fact that there is now a new duke of Medinaceli, Marco of Hohenlohe-Langenburg y Medina, inspired me to look again into their family tiaras.


On the Foro Dinastias I found this picture of a bride with what looked like the tiara of the late Duchess of Medinaceli. http://postimg.org/image/97xy1sgif/

The text said, that it was Flavia of Hohenlohe y Medina, sister of Marco of Hohenlohe.

But I always thought that this was a wedding pic of Flavia: http://postimg.org/image/o6s0sdrgt/

Can anyone here identify these two ladies? Which one is the real Flavia? And might the other bride be Sandra Schmidt-Polex, ex-wife of the new duke of Medinaceli?
The late Duchess of Medinaceli wearing the same tiara as above.

http://www.arsmagazine.com/uploads/i...Medinaceli.jpg
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Tiara of the Marquesses of Casa Riera,the late mother of H.M.Queen Fabiola of Belgium.

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The Dowager Countess de Romanones

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Tiara of the Marquesses of Casa Riera,the late mother of H.M.Queen Fabiola of Belgium.

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/6752/68188601dp8.jpg
Can you tell me the name of this tiara? This is one outstanding tiara, I used to be on *Tiara a Day* until they left and have never seen this one. Would this still be in the family today of Queen Fabiola? I would love to see this one on a queen's head........really beautiful and has lots of bling/diamonds.
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I'll see what I can find out,its possible it was sold after Queen Fabiola's mother Blanca de Aragón died in 1981.
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There's a thread on the jewels of the Duchess of Alba ,perhaps we could merge the 2?

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Imo, it would be a good idea to merge the two threads. The Alba's thread doesn't have much traffic anyway, and the Alba jewels really fit into this topic.
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The late Duchess of Medinaceli wearing the same tiara as above.

http://www.arsmagazine.com/uploads/i...Medinaceli.jpg
Yes, that must be the same tiara. Anfortunately, it was auctioned by Sotheby's some years ago. But I couldn't find the exact date of the sale.
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Tiara of the Marquesses of Casa Riera,the late mother of H.M.Queen Fabiola of Belgium.

http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/6752/68188601dp8.jpg
So far I could never find any additional information on this tiara.
This is Isabela Escrivá de Romaní y de Miguel, a grand-daughter of Fabiola's sister Maria de las Nieves. But I don't think that the tiaras really match.
View image: Isabela Escrivá de Romaní

This design was very often used for Spanish tiaras, because the strawberry leafs were a heraldic symbol associated with dukes, marquesses and counts.

Eg. the Duchess of Alba has a strawberry leaf tiara as well. The Medinaceli family prabably even had two. One was sold to General Franco and given to Queen Fabiola as a wedding present. The other one was worn by Laura Vecino when she married the late Duchess' grandson Rafael Medina.
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The Duchess of Alba probably still has the finest collection of jewels among the Spanish Nobility,its a pity that we only really ever to see the jewels of the nobility at weddings!
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