Austria · Italy · Tiaras

The Lobanoff Tiara

The Lobanoff Tiara is a new tiara for this writer and I haven’t been able to find much information about it. Let’s take a look at a few of the basic facts.

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🇷🇺🇮🇹 The Lobanoff Tiara 🇷🇺🇮🇹 Questa tiara di diamanti è un vero mistero. Realizzata per la Principessa Lobanoff de Rostoff (una famiglia nobile russa), il diadema è stato messo all'asta nel 1920 a Losanna (Svizzera) dopo la rivoluzione russa. Negli anni successivi appare nella collezione di gioielli della Principessa Anna. La Principessa Anna di Francia sposò il Principe Amedeo di Savoia, 3º Duca d'Aosta a Napoli nel 1927. La coppia ebbe due figlie, le principesse Margherita (1930) e Maria Cristina (1933) di Savoia-Aosta, che non sono mai state fotografate con la tiara, ma non l’hanno mai venduta. Chi ha comprato la tiara nel 1920? In che modo la Principessa Anna ne divenne proprietaria? E al momento chi la possiede? 💎👑💎 This diamond tiara is a real mystery. Made for the Princess Lobanoff de Rostoff (a Russian noble family), the tiara was auctioned in Lausanne (Switzerland) after Russian revolution in 1920. In the following years it appears in Princess Anne’s jewels collection. Princess Anne of France married Prince Amedeo of Savoy, 3rd Duke of Aosta in Naples in 1927. The couple had two daughters, Princesses Margherita (1930) and Maria Cristina (1933) of Savoy-Aosta, who have never been photographed with the tiara, but they have never been sold it. Who bought the tiara in 1920? How did Princess Anne become its owner? And at the moment who owns it? 🇷🇺🇮🇹 (if you want to make your eyes shine 😍💎 swipe left ⬅️ for more photos) #diamond #diamonds #tiara #royaltiara #jewels #royaljewels #russianjewelry #princessanne #princessmargherita #margheritadisavoia #princessmariacristina #mariacristinadisavoia #ducadaosta #savoia #savoy #casasavoia #houseofsavoy #regnoditalia #monarchia #italia #italy #italianroyalfamily #italianroyalty #frenchroyalty #royal #royals #royalty #instaroyals #dnaroyalsjewels #dnaroyalsarchive

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According to the blog Gods and Foolish Grandeur, Princess Vera Nikolaievna Lobanov Rostovsky lived in the area now known as Cannes, France and was widowed early. Left wealthy, she embarked upon establishing a rather large jewelry collection. Be sure to check out the blog for more photos of the rather spectacular collection!

The tiara made its way to the House of Savoy, and the Duchess of Aosta last wore the tiara in the fashion of the time, low and across the forehead. She also took advantage and removed the center element and replaced it with a colored gemstone.

Fun facts: The Duchess of Aosta’s daughter’s daughter-in-law is Princess Astrid of Belgium (via daughter Margherita’s son Lorenz). Wouldn’t it be fun to see Astrid wear this piece?

The Duchess’s daughter’s granddaughter (via daughter Margherita—>Maria Beatrice—>Olympia, Princess Napoleon) might actually have reason to wear a tiara, so why not this one? You may remember her unusual wedding gown from her 2019 marriage which gathered mixed reviews. I think she could really style this piece up nicely.

No one seems to know where this tiara resides at this time, so it really is a guessing game if it will turn up in the public eye again.

What do you think of the Lobanoff tiara? Who of the modern royals would you like to see wear it?


Floof–The Magic of Camilla’s Hats

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has a real talent for wearing substantial headgear. More often than not, there is a spectacular display of floof, which is officially defined as the stuff on a hat that isn’t a structural part of said hat.

Let’s start with one of the Duchess’s early events–the blessing of her marriage to Charles. Arguably this is more of a headpiece than a hat, but it’s on her head so we’ll go with it. Gold and tipped with Swarovski crystals? I’m here for it.

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A fun red entry with some feather accents for the Braemar games.

A fun St. Patrick’s Day appearance from 2006.

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Our first Ascot entry, from 2007. I love the texture in this one.

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A lovely light blue entry from 2016.

Purple? Did someone ask for purple?

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She even has a leopard print entry.

This FABULOUS pink entry from Ascot 2009 takes my breath away every time I see a photo. Love, love, LOVE.

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Do you fancy any of the hats shown here? What do you think about the floof? Show us some of your favorite Camilla hat appearances in the comments!

Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz

How are these ladies related and what is one thing they have in common via that relation?

Handbag Answer:

Alice, Countess of Athlone and Carlota, Empress of Mexico are first cousins, twice removed. They are both daughters of men named Leopold.

Carlota was born Charlotte of Belgium, daughter of Leopold I. Leopold’s sister was Victoria, Duchess of Kent and mother of Queen Victoria. Alice was Victoria’s last surviving grandchild through her son, Leopold, Duke of Albany.


Glitter Giveaway-Crown Princess Mette Marit

The aim of this series is to give a needy royal something missing from his or her jewelry box. There are no limitations as to when and where these gifts may come from, so use your imagination! Check out our previous Glitter Giveaway to Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. As a reminder, I’ll primarily feature tiaras worn, but any piece of jewelry is fair game. Let’s go!

Today’s featured lady is Crown Princess Mette Marit of Norway. She has worn the Diamond Daisy, the Amethyst Necklace tiara, Queen Maud’s Pearl and Diamond Tiara without the centerpiece, and the Vifte tiara.

What glitter would you give to Crown Princess Mette Marit? What is missing from her jewel closet? Show us your gifts in the comment and tell us why she needs them.

Britain · Netherlands · Sweden

It’s a crime!

There are many, many, MANY pieces of jewelry out there in the royal world that simply aren’t used for whatever reason.

Exhibit A: The Teck Crescent Tiara and the Teck Necklace. Oh how I long to see these pieces used again, and I SO wanted to see one of them on Beatrice at her wedding later this year.

Exhibit B:

The Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara. Possibly the most underused piece of the known Dutch vault. Worn more recently that the Tecks, for sure, but I sure wouldn’t mind seeing it come out of hiding soon.

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In ancient Greece, victorious athletes were crowned with wreaths of laurel leaves. Laurel wreaths have been Western cultural symbols of victory for centuries since, so it shouldn't be surprising that the wealthy and powerful have often commissioned their own diamond versions of laurel wreaths. The style is still so associated with ancient Greece that, in French, these tiaras are often called bandeaux à la grecque.The laurel wreath tiara is one of the oldest pieces in the Dutch collection, but there are two competing theories about its arrival in the family’s vaults. One posits that the tiara originally belonged to Princess Louise of Orange-Nassau, the sister of King Willem I of the Netherlands. The other theory suggests that the tiara was made in the early nineteenth century but purchased by the Dutch royals much later. According to this narrative of the tiara's history, it was acquired in the 1950s by Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard and given to Princess Beatrix to celebrate her eighteenth birthday. Whether it was newly purchased or dug out of the depths of the family’s collection, Beatrix did indeed receive the tiara as a birthday gift, and she wore it regularly as a young princess. She also shared the tiara with two of her sisters, Princess Margriet and Princess Christina.In recent years, however, the focus has been on the Dutch brides who have worn the tiara. Laurentien Brinkhorst wore the diadem at her wedding to Beatrix’s son, Prince Constantijn, in 2001. And Princess Irene's daughter, Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, wore it at her 2012 wedding to Albert Brenninkmeijer. #dutchroyaljewels #tiara #diadem #diamonds #diamond #wreaths #leaves #greekstyle #bandeaux #dutch #royals #foundation #vault #historical #jewels #jewelry #queen #queenmaxima #beatrix

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Exhibit C:

The Swedish Double Diamond Bandeau. A headband? A black tie tiara? A hair ornament in general? Doesn’t matter. Let’s get this puppy cleaned up and on display! You can read more about it at Order of Sartorial Splendor.

What royal pieces are so underused you consider it a crime? Share a photo and why you’d like to see it worn again in the comments!