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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:33

Mourning ring showing a photograph of Prince Albert.  This ring was commissioned and worn by Queen Victoria.


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:32

The 'Lyte Jewel' is in fact an enamelled gold locket. The openwork cover, set with diamonds, bears the royal monogram 'IR' (Latin, Iacobus Rex) for King James, the first Stuart king of England (reigned 1603-25), and contains within his portrait, by the great miniature painter Nicholas Hillard (?1547-1619).


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:31

The Imperial Crown of Brazil, also known as the Crown of Dom Pedro II, was the Crown manufactured for the second Brazilian Emperor, Pedro II.


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:30

THE DUCHESS OF TECK This neoclassical crown once belonged to Queen Mary's mother, the Duchess of Teck, whose prized jewelry collection was passed down to her daughter upon her death in 1897.


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:29

The Flower Basket Brooch which is said to be Queen Elizabeth's favorite piece of jewelry. Comprised of ruby, diamond and sapphire flowers, the brooch was given to Princess Elizabeth by her parents to mark the birth of her first child, Prince Charles, in 1948. There are numerous photos taken from 1948 to the present day which show the Queen wearing this.


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:27

Baden Fringe Tiara - (Sweden) This tiara was a wedding gift to Princess Victoria of Baden in 1881 when she married Crown Prince Gustaf of Sweden, future King Gustaf V. The tiara came from her parents the Grand Duke and Duchess of Baden. The design of this tiara is like a sun ray and has 47 diamond rays. This tiara can also be converted into a necklace.


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:26

Hair of Mary Tudor, Queen of France, clipped from her head at the opening of her tomb in 1784 encased in a locket. The famous Tudor red hair.


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:25

1533: Princess Elizabeth's christening gown, sewn and embroidered by her mother, Anne Boleyn


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:25

Created by Theodore Fester in 1855, the gold-and-silver-setting rose has about 250 carats of diamonds and was created for Princess Mathilde Bonaparte, Napoleon's niece. She owned one of Paris' most distinguished literary and artistic salons. When she died in 1904, the piece was auctioned and eventually sold by Cartier to Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III, of the railroad Vanderbilts, who wore it at the waist or bodice for portraits and other formal occasions in her role as “Queen of Society.”


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:24

Childeric's bees refer to 300 golden bees found in the tomb of King Chideric1. He lived around 450 b.c. and ruled over a territory that is now in modern day France.


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:22

Brooch by Bapst, 1864, for Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III (1808-73) Gold, silver, diamonds, pearls, emerald 4.3 x 6.5 x 2 cm. Purchased by Tiffany and Co. at the sale of the French Crown Jewels 1887...


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:21

England's first female ruler Queen Mary was certainly known for all the riches she had. One of the most exclusive jewels that she possessed during her rule was this beautiful Diamond Riviere. This stunning diamond Riviere is made of dazzling 34 old cut authentic diamonds set beautifully in gold and silver. The gorgeous piece was gifted by the queen to her granddaughter Princess Margaret, and dates from about 1900. Another stunning piece that belonged to her was a necklace "La Peregrina" of pearl which is one of the most famous pearls in the world with a recorded history of nearly 500 years...price: $1,828,224...

 

 


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:20

Wallis Spencer (the artist MAdonnas latest film muse), later the Duchess of Windsor was an American married to Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom and the Dominions, abdicated his throne to marry her. As she got married to him, she was entitled to all the beautiful jewelry and one of this stunning jewelry was bracelet that broke all the auction records as it was sold for $12,417,369. The bracelet is a Cartier-designed diamond panther bracelet and is adorned with ruby, sapphire, diamond and emerald...price: $12,417,36...


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:18

This beautiful tiara belonged to Swedish princess, and the Countess Consort Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck who was known for her rule Ostfriesland as Regent. The tiara made of Shizuka Diamond is approx 101.27 carats in weight and was sold by Sotheby’s sale of Magnificent Jewels...price: $12.76 m...


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:17

When Charlene Wittstock rather recently married His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, she became a Princess and had access to an ocean of beautiful jewels in Monaco.

 

Amongst these amazing jewels, we recently saw a stunning necklace that she wore at a function. The necklace is a breathtaking piece and amalgamation of 1,237 diamonds, six giant pearls and 18K rose gold, called the "Infinite Cascade".


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:15

While talking about the royal jewelry, how can we forget to mention the stunning sapphire ring that Kate Middleton wore for her engagement. The ring basically was gifted by Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer on their engagement, is of course famous and historically significant. Oval sapphire surrounded by round brilliant cut diamonds is one of the most expensive diamond rings in the world.Price: $39,488...


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:11

The emerald diamond necklace belonged to the last Queen of Italy: Queen Marie Jose. She was known for her amazing collection of her jewels and amid those awesome collection is this beautiful necklace. This necklace is adorned with numerous diamonds and filty emeralds, and is made by Van Cleef and Arpels.

 

 


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:09

The Orlov Diamond

 

A famous gem from the Russian crown jewels, this 189-carat gem is in the shape of half a pigeon’s egg and mounted in the Russian imperial scepter. According to one account, it was set as one of the eyes of an idol in a sacred temple in India. A deserter from the French Army disguised as a Hindu gained plucked the jewel from the diety’s eye. Eventually, it fell into the hands of Khojeh Raphael, an Armenian “scoundrel” who sold the jewel in Russia. It eventually came to be owned by Count Orlov, a Russian nobleman and the lover of Catherine, consort of Peter the Great, tsar of Russia. Orlov and his brother, Count Aleksei Grigorievich, organized the coup of July 1762 in which Peter was dethroned and then murdered. Catherine took his place. Orlov presented the jewel to Catherine in hopes of being restored to her favor–she had thrown the Count over and taken new lovers first Aleksander Vassilchikov, then Grigori Potemkin. The gem didn’t do the trick. Orlov left Russia in 1775, but Catherine kept the diamond. The Orlov’s story doesn’t end there. Napoleon also hankered after the diamond.

 

As the Emperor of France’s forces were approaching Moscow during the campaign of 1812, the Orlov was secreted in the tomb of a priest in the Kremlin. When Napoleon entered Moscow he gave orders that the gem be sought. After he learned of its whereabouts, Napoleon in person, accompanied by his bodyguards, proceeded to the Kremlin to secure the diamond. The tomb was opened to reveal the great gem. One of the bodyguards stretched out a hand to take the diamond, but before he had touched it the ghost of the priest rose up and cursed the invaders. Napoleon and his bodyguards are then suppose to have fled empty-handed from the Kremlin.

 

Now on display at the Louvre, the French crown jewels were lost, recovered and added to several times since the 1789 French Revolution.


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:04

The Koh-I-Noor

 

Said to be more than 5,000 years old, the Koh-I-Noor can be traced back to India’s first Mughal emperor, Babur, in the 15th Century. The Koh-I-Noor passed from emperor to emperor and from kingdom to kingdom until it was confiscated by the British when they conquered India. It’s been the subject of great controversy since the British acquired it: There were superstitions that the diamond was unlucky and controversy about its recutting. The British public got a glimpse of the diamond at an exhibition in Hyde Park. They were not dazzled by the 186-carat rose-cut diamond. The queen’s husband, Prince Albert, was likewise unimpressed. He had the diamond recut as an oval brilliant weighing 108.93 carats.

 

Newspaper editorials criticized the move as ‘wasteful.” In the 20th Century, questions about the Koh-I-Noor’s rightful ownership have erupted from time to time with some arguing that the diamond should be given back to India. But the diamond remains in Britain. In 1853, Garrards—the royal jeweler–mounted the Koh-I-Noor in a tiara for the Queen which contained more than two thousand diamonds. Five years later Queen Victoria ordered a new regal circlet for the Koh-I-Noor. Garrards made a new crown which Queen Mary wore for the coronation in 1911. In 1937 the diamond was transfered to the crown made for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, which was based on Queen Victoria’s regal circlet. The Koh-I-Noor is set in the Maltese Cross at the front of the crown.


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Posted on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:03

Queen Elizabeth wearing the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom


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