This thread is so fun! Diana's emerald choker is TDF!
Wow, Grace Kelly looks so beautiful and regal in that emerald necklace! I am in love with the second photo.
Here are some photos of the only tiara I have seen the Duchess of Windsor wear. I think it is one of my favorite tiaras, and if for some reason I were to ever wear a tiara, this would be the first to come to mind. I love that it is so simple and understated. However, the one occasion for which I would even consider wearing a tiara would be for my wedding, and I'm not sure if the dark stones would look good for the occasion. Maybe it could work, since I have dark hair...
I'm posting also the Cartier bib necklace (holy...).
The last piece is a 18k gold gem-set cigarette case, also by Cartier, that Wallis gave the Duke for Christmas in 1935. The front of the case is engraved with a map of Europe. The inscription inside reads David from Wallis Christmas 1935″ and commemorates some of the holiday trips they took together. I love her handwriting in the engraving so beautiful! The routes are enameled and each special location is represented by a cabochon gemstone.
I think this cigarette case idea is so brilliant and romantic, and hands down the most beautiful and special cigarette case I have ever seen.
OMG...that bib is incredible! I absolutely love amethyst & turquoise together. the center amethyst is quite a nice chunk.
that is a beautiful & understated tiara. I think you could wear it if you have dark hair. see how the onyx (I'm assuming) blends into wallis' hair when she's wearing it? that cigarette case is just so cool. they had some skills in giving personal jewelry gifts, didn't they?
I think Cartier used to make tiaras that were convertible into a necklace / bracelets... I think Wallis' tiara would make a beautiful necklace too! I've never been a big fan of 'black' stones/jewels, but this tiara has changed my mind.
Here are the two tiaras Princess Diana famously wore:
Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara, given to Diana as one of many wedding gifts from the Queen, and the Spencer Tiara. The earrings Diana wore at her wedding (love!) belong to her mother, and were her 'something borrowed.' [oops! edit: they belonged to her mother. Her mother passed away in 2004.]
One of my favorite looks of all time -
Princess Diana in Thailand in 1988. Her jewels for the evening: pearl earrings, silk orchids, and her beautiful blue eyes
also, one of my favorite Duchess of Cambridge moments (which reminds me a lot of Diana's Thailand look). I believe she is wearing a grass skirt and a crown that the Tuvalu people made for her out of flowers. Ahh she is too adorable!!
The Cambridge tiara is TDF
it is a beautiful tiara! I love seeing specific pieces worn by all the different princesses and queens. I haven't seen any color photographs of Queen Mary, but we have all seen color photos of the current queen wearing various jewels. As beautiful as the jewels are, I feel like they just come alive when Diana wears them! All the pieces in the Queen's collection are all stunning, no matter who wears them, but in my opinion they just sparkle a little brighter on Diana.
^the tiara with drop pearls is striking for sure (I love pearls), but I prefer the tiara she wore on her wedding...it has the rounded lines that I prefer. the earrings she's wearing with that blue dress are fabulous.
^teardrop pearl earrings are one of my most favorite dramatic earrings! I love the flowers in both diana's & catherine's hair.
Ohhh! I ordered the book "Famous Jewelry Collectors" and it just arrived today! In it there is a section on the Duchess of Windsor, and this picture that I posted is in the book, with the following caption:
"She is wearing her emerald bead and diamond necklace/tiara by Cartier, Paris, as a head ornament."
describing a closeup of the tiara (the same closeup photo i posted a few days ago): "An emerald bead and diamond necklace that was made for stock by Cartier, Paris, in 1949. The Duchess's was made the same year with her own emeralds, the diamonds supplied by Cartier. Hers was mounted with a special fitting which enabled her to wear it also as a diadem."
so I guess those black beads are just very dark colored emeralds! and the original Cartier design was a necklace but the Duchess asked to specifically have hers convertible into a tiara.
edited to add: I just received the book about 10 minutes ago, but so far it looks excellent. There is a lot in the book on the Duchess that I hadn't found before during my highly extensive online research haha!
The infamous Duchess of Cambridge's wedding tiarra
I love her earrings.
The most famous pearl necklace is the 2 strand Baroda pearl necklace
It is made of 68 graduated natural pearls, all matched to color, luster, size and shape. It is assembled from the original 7 stranded pearl necklace owned by the Maharaja of Baroda.
^incredible. I really need to buy some books too. I'd read them over & over & over. the royal jewelry is just so dreamy
^that lace is just gorgeous.
^I love pearls.
Indore pear diamonds
Maharaja of Benares
Nizam's Turban Pin