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Portugal and Bragança Royal and Noble Jewels

The house of Bragança had been the owner of some impressive jewels.
Some were incorporated in the collections of other European royal houses (like the famous Bragança tiara, which was left to Queen Josefina of Sweden, by her sister, Amélie de Beauharnais, Empress of Brazil), while 15 other pieces were robbed in November 2004, from an exhibition that was held in the Museon of Haia (Netherlands). Among these were a cane engraved with 387 diamonds (which belonged to Queen D.ª Maria Pia) and a diamond of 135 carats.

Few pieces remained with the family and are displayed, once in a while, by the current Duchess of Bragança.


Here are a few:

D.ª Isabel wearing a diamond tiara, on her wedding to the Duke of Bragança, in 1995 (photos scanned from Olá Semanário)
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...7&d=1111597948
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...7&d=1111601225

D.ª Isabel wearing a diamond set of necklace and earings, in Stockholm 2006:
http://www.seegerpress-online.de/see...weden+Portugal

D.ª Isabel wearing a diamond tiara and a set of necklace and earings, in Stockholm 2006:
http://www.seegerpress-online.de/see...weden+Portugal

D.ª Isabel wearing a bandeau-type diamond tiara, which may be a convertable necklace. (The photo was taken at the Danish Royal Wedding, in May 2004. (Photo by Getty Images)
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...6&d=1110387166

At the GD Couple's Silver Wedding Celebrations in Luxembourg, in 2006 (Photo by SeegerPress and Getty):
http://img157.imagevenue.com/img.php...2762_218lo.jpg
http://img151.imagevenue.com/img.php...0082_279lo.jpg

At the wedding of Prince Felipe and Letizia of Spain, in May 2004:
http://org21.zorpia.com/0/2671/17099969.a6c886.jpg
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The following information was posted by Boris here:

Besides the Bragaça tiara, Empress Amelie left to her sister a series of diamonds:
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all of them called by Josefina 'The Brazilian Parure'. Among them were this brooch, worn here with the Braganca tiara:
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and the diamonds in these earrings, which were created by Queen Silvia by using the old stones (note the size of the lower single diamond!):
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The Norwegian emerald parure again dates back to Empress Josephine, were given to Empress Amelie and later found their way first into the Swedish and then the Norwegian Royal Family.
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Another diamond necklace, pared with the same tiara she used on her wedding day (photo from Caras):
http://img142.imagevenue.com/img.php...122_1080lo.jpg
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Another diamond necklace, pared with the same tiara she used on her wedding day
Can it be used as tiara?
I just found it

Maria Pia
Maria Pia Portugal 2 pictures from fashion photos on webshots
Maria Pia Portugal 3 pictures from fashion photos on webshots
Any ideas about these tiaras?

And once again Maria Amelia
Rainha Amélia d'Orléans pictures from fashion photos on webshots
This is the same tiara which Duchess of Braganca had wore on her wedding.

And here much more opened I think: Queen Amelie
Queen Amelie of Portugal pictures from fashion photos on webshots
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I really like Dona Isabel's wedding tiara, it is very beautiful. What is the provenance of the piece?

Does the Duke own all these pieces himself or are they part of a foundation (or maybe even a loan).

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On another note, I got to see the stolen jewels in the Hague just a few days before they were stolen. I believe they were displayed in the Museon. As I was in my early teens I wasn't too impressed by them, so I can not remember how they looked.
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I really like Dona Isabel's wedding tiara, it is very beautiful. What is the provenance of the piece?

Does the Duke own all these pieces himself or are they part of a foundation (or maybe even a loan).
The royal jewels (along with all the other family estates) were nationalized with the Proclamation of the Republic in 1910, and the most significant part of those jewels was stolen from the Haia Museon in 2004... Maybe you didn't get very impressed by them, but the collection included some valious pieces and the prize-money given by the insurance was of 6.200.000 €.

So I believe that the jewels owned by the current Duchess of Bragança are not inherited from the Portuguese kings, but from D. Duarte's brazilian mother, D.ª Maria Francisca de Orleans e Bragança (who was a great graddaughter of Emperor Pedro II of Brazil).
I suppose that's the provenance of the jewels used by D.ª Isabel. Here, for example, we can see the late Duchess of Bragança wearing the same necklace:
http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/7...anciscanp0.jpg
http://img142.imagevenue.com/img.php...122_1080lo.jpg

On the other hand this one seems to be the same tiara used by Isabel on her wedding day. And the necklace in this other seems to be the same piece used as a tiara here...


...I don't know why aren't these owned by the State...
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Thank you for posting a close-up of Isabel's wedding tiara. I've always thougt it was beautiful but have never seen it close-up.
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anymore pics of the stolen jewels???
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Thank you for posting a close-up of Isabel's wedding tiara. I've always thougt it was beautiful
It is indeed a beautiful piece. I was trying to know something more about it, but all I know is that the tiara was already with the Portuguese royal family, when King D. Carlos married Princess Amélie d'Orléans (May 22nd 1886). The following sketch was taken from the book Amélia, Rainha de Portugal. It says that these jewels were a wedding gift of D. Carlos to his wife:
http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/8239/ameliand4.jpg


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anymore pics of the stolen jewels???
Here are photos of the stolen jewels: an uncut 135-carat diamond, a cane handle of gold and precious stones, a ring of gold and precious stones, a diamond
necklace and two diamond brooches. All the pieces were lent by the National Palace of Ajuda to the Museon (science museum in The Hague, The Netherlands):

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King D. João IV was the last king to be coronated in Portugal. On December 15th 1640, the king placed his crown on the statue of Our Lady of Conception (Nossa Senhora da Conceição) and no subsequent monarch dared to use again the crown that was offered to the Virgin. Ever since, each accession was just celebrated with an "acclamation" and an oath.

When the royal family left Portugal to settle the Court in Brazil (just before Napoleon's invasion), King D. João VI decided to order a new crown and scepter, made of Brazilian unadorned gold, and featured the new regalia on his coronation (February 6th 1818). When the royal family returned to Portugal, in 1821, he took the regalia with him and these were used on the coronations of his successors, up to the last King, D. Manuel II (in 1908).

This crown and scepter may be seen in the National Palace of Ajuda (in Lisbon):

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And the necklace in this other seems to be the same piece used as a tiara here...
Here's D. Isabel wearing the same piece at the Flower Ball, in May 2005.

http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/4...ileflorzw4.jpg
(Photo scanned from Caras)



And here is she wearing this necklace as a tiara:

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/232/suciabw9.jpg
(from the return dinner offered by the Kings of Sweden, during the State Visit to Portugal)
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Elsa, at the moment on RJWMB
Royal Weddings Message Board: Portugal Royal Wedding 1995 posted by Christiane and GREMB
Causa Monarquica posted by Alex G.
are photos of D. Isabel jewels.

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Elsa, at the moment on RJWMB
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are photos of D. Isabel jewels.
Thanks, Magnik!
Actually, those photos were taken from TRF... they were scanned by me and posted here
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Thanks, Magnik!
Actually, those photos were taken from TRF... they were scanned by me and posted here
So congratulations to You
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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.
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The Duchess of Bragança, at the wedding of Princes Charles and Diana d'Orléns, using the same diamond necklace she took to the wedding of Princes Felipe and Letizia of Spain:

http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/9...9610371oh3.jpg
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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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