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Fashionista100 03-17-2005 03:03 PM

Black Pearl Jewellery
I know we may have had this thread before. But I am reading a book about Tsarina Alexandra and in one of her early photos she is wearing a small black pearl tiara way in the back of her head. She had on a black dress and diamond necklace and earrings. She was a young girl when it was taken. Anyone have a good photo?

reynard 03-18-2005 12:12 AM

I love black pearls and would like to see that tiara

elizahawthorne 03-18-2005 12:59 AM

would love to see it myself

Poppy 03-18-2005 02:33 AM

There you go:)

elizahawthorne 03-18-2005 05:53 AM

Thanks poppy, the tiara is beautiful and the tzarina is, or rather was very regal

Fashionista100 03-18-2005 07:49 AM

Does anyone know what happened to that tiara?

agisele 03-18-2005 08:16 AM

i can't quite see the tiara. are there any close up shots of it?

Poppy 03-19-2005 07:25 AM


Originally Posted by elizahawthorne
Thanks poppy, the tiara is beautiful and the tzarina is, or rather was very regal

Yeh...hehe...I think this is one of the nicest dress the Tzarina had. I don't mean that the Tzarina didn't have many nice dresses but it's just that she was not one of those most glamorous ladies in the history such as Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (her sister), Grand Duchess Vladimir, Empresses Sissy and Eugenie, Queen Magherita of Italy and Queen Maria Pia of Portugal (hehe as you can see I'm very into these things about royalty and their appearance).
I think the Tzarina had a mild taste in dress and jewelleries which is not too bad.

grecka 03-19-2005 07:51 AM

She was very much like her grandmother, Queen Victoria, in her tastes- understated, subtle, etc.

elizahawthorne 03-19-2005 08:20 AM

yet despite her simplicity, she looks very regal and sophisticated--classy

Warren 03-19-2005 11:29 AM

Black dress, black pearl tiara: my guess is that she is wearing mourning clothes.

As to what happened to the tiara: looted, or broken up, or sold by the Soviets when they quietly placed a lot of the Imperial jewels with European auction houses.

Fashionista100 03-21-2005 08:25 AM

Actually the Tsarina was a very fashionable woman and considered quite beautiful in her day. When she really dressed in amazing clothes she was ridiculed in Russia. When she dressed modestly she was also reidiculed. She was not very well liked in Russia by her inlaws, the aristocracy, or the people.
She also suffered from depression and many illnesses which affected how she looked.

DDD 04-15-2005 10:46 AM

On the glittering royal events board i've found this pic.
Made at the funeral of prince Rainier.
These royal are Prince Hitachi & the Princess, of Japan
The woman wears blacks pearls and a black pearl brooche, but are these pearls real? It would be nice if they are.:)

RubyPrincess168 10-11-2006 02:27 AM

I can't get the links to work, but I think I know the picture you're talking about and I think she might've been in mourning but I don't remember for whom. I sure in the back of every royal jewel vault there is a suite of jewels suitable for mourning - jet, onyx, black pearls, etc. If we only had an occassion where they could be brought out.

Henri M. 10-11-2006 03:18 AM

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who has lost her spouse in 2002 and both her parents in 2004, has been seen with black pearls quite often.

For an example during the 'Hofrouw' (Court Mourning):

But white pearls are excellent to be worn with mourning:

RubyPrincess168 10-11-2006 04:50 AM

I read somewhere that pearls, jet, onyx, silver metals (not yellow gold unless it's a wedding/engagement ring) and in some cases amethysts ( purple and gray are colors of half-mourning) are apropraite for mourning

Henri M. 10-11-2006 05:18 AM

No coloured stones during mouring
On the link you see how Queen Emma of the Netherlands born Princess von Waldeck und Pyrmont (1858-1934), Regentess of the Kingdom (1890-1898) ordered the coloured stones to be replaced by diamonds during the mouring period for her deceased spouse King Willem III of the Netherlands, Grand-Duke of Luxembourg (1817-1890). Queen Emma was the great-grandmother of the present Queen Beatrix.

In the picture, a commissioned photo that was to be used in the minting of coins, the Queen-Dowager wears a “white” tiara (changed the rubies with diamonds), black and white the colours for mourning, in order to show her mourning.

galuhcandrakirana 10-11-2006 06:13 PM

Where can i find the pictures of the black pearls tiara? I'm very currious to see them:ermm:, my guess they are not as interesting as a preciouse stone tiara because of they sparkle less, but as what some poster has said here it might a proper jewel for morning time.

rani 10-11-2006 10:34 PM

My daughter loves black pearls,and I have gradually collected some for her. When I was young,and there were auction houses in my city,you could often see examples of mourning jewellery. There were usually black pearls,jet,onyx,and amethyst. One of the most beautiful I saw at auction was a black diamond bracelet,black pearl,and amethyst, with a locket lined with human hair,probably the deceased.

sara1981 10-11-2006 10:52 PM

if British Royals have Black Pearls or not?

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