Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. 96-carat amethyst surrounded by diamonds. The mounting has a platinum top and yellow gold undercarriage. The amethyst is probably from Brazil. Platinum and diamonds were often used, and amethyst, a favorite stone of King Edward VII’s wife, Alexandra. The brooch was donated to the Smithsonian by Mrs. George M. Morris in 1973.
The crown of the Queens of Bavaria A little bit of history In 1806, as part of his wholescale re-ordering of the map of Europe, Napoleon I of France upgraded the independant German Duchy to a full…
Cartier and The Duchess | PriceScope
By Erika W. This November, Sotheby’s will auction eleven legendary Cartier jewels from the couple’s vast collection. “The offering comprises not only incomparable examples of the genius of Cartier in collaboration with the Windsors, but also pieces whose inscriptions tell the story of perhaps the greatest love story of the 20th century, the romance that […]
Schmuckschließe mit einem Saphir und Brillanten :: Landesmuseum Württemberg :: museum-digital:baden-württemberg
Zu ihrer Verlobung mit dem Kronprinzen Wilhelm von Württemberg (reg. 1816-1864) beschenkte Zar Alexander I. (reg. 1801-1825) von Russland seine Schwe
Stalking the Belle Époque
Join me on my search for all things fine, gracious, grand and glorious. We are awash in rudeness, garishness and sloth. Together, let's look for the beautiful things that still remain. Yes, we'll focus quite a lot on The Victorian and the Edwardian. However, our goal is to find the beauty that seems to be missing in all aspects of our lives. Maybe, together, we can start a new Belle Époque.
Formerly the property of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe - A rare and highly important Victorian ruby and diamond necklace, late 19th century. Designed as a rivière of twenty-four cushion-shaped rubies alternating with twenty-four similarly shaped diamonds, mounted in silver and gold, accompanied by the original worksheet stating that four rubies and four diamonds were added to lengthen the original necklace on 24th October 1884.