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Old 05-05-2011, 01:48 AM
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Emerald Tiara at Auction

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Old 05-05-2011, 11:35 AM
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Yummy! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-05-2011, 12:34 PM
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OMG, this tiara is really impressing !
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:41 PM
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Very interesting & yes "yummy"- does the mention that it was offered 30 years ago mean it didn't reach its reserve price/was withdrawn?
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:10 AM
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This really made my day. Super gorgeous...thank you!
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Old 05-06-2011, 03:19 PM
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Emeralds!


Described in the video as "formerly in the collection of Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck (d 1929).
The tiara contains 11 exceptionally rare and perfectly matched Colombian emeralds of over 500 carats and a band containing yellow cushion diamonds.
It was probably made by Chaumet in 1897-1900.
The emeralds are most likely from the personal collection of the Empress Eugénie.
It is likely that earlier on the emeralds were in the possession of an Indian Maharaja."
Sotheby's estimate is US$5-10 million.

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That is gorgeous!!!
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It is beautiful, it's a shame that the tiara was constructed in a way that the hardware can be see through the emeralds.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:14 AM
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it's a shame that the tiara was constructed in a way that the hardware can be see through the emeralds.
This is true, but think of it this way - it probably also limits what can be done with the stones. It shouldn't hold much appeal to jewelers looking to break it down for the stones. They can't recut them and add facets because there is a hole through the stones.
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:40 AM
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I love that tiara!!
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:20 AM
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Now that would make a great Mother's Day gift~for ME!!!
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:50 PM
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Yes, I agree, I want it. Does anyone know more about Princess Katherine. When did Empress Eugénie part with it?

(Maybe they'll lower the price due to the hardware issue...)

Like that'd ever happen.
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:57 PM
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The Sothebys catalog seemed to have alot of "royal" jewels in it this time. I wish there was more history about some of the other pieces.
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Old 05-07-2011, 03:13 PM
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This would be a nice addition to some of the European Royal Families - Belgians - watch out.
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:44 AM
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The tiara would look stunning on Mathilde and Claire.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:59 PM
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Hello All!!

Yes it is a shame that you can see the construction through the emeralds but this is usually the case when mounting old polished Indian gems. They were likely drilled for use on a necklace in the 17th or 18th centuries already. I did a blog post on the tiara to put it in context. The link to Eugenie is a bit thin. It merely asserts that she sold 25 emerald drops from her personal collection in 1872 and that by 1900 a group of them may have been reunited to used on this piece...definitely not a smoking gun. Nice to meet you all. I was a regular contributer on the Catherine Middleton pages regarding her wedding tiara choices.
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Very interesting & yes "yummy"- does the mention that it was offered 30 years ago mean it didn't reach its reserve price/was withdrawn?
Oh yes, it definitely sold in 1979 when it was sold by the Donnersmarck heirs. It has been in another collection since...I am still trying to root that out...

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Old 07-11-2011, 01:05 AM
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My personal favorites:

The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Tiara Thursday: Empress Joséphine's Emerald Tiara
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That tiara is lovely I love the history too. Thanks for that.
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One of my favorites from the Danish royal collection:

The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor: Tiara Thursday: The Danish Emerald Parure Tiara

This is such a stunning and regal tiara.The necklace,earings and brooch are goregous too!
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