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Wildblumen Diadem | Königlicher Schmuck der Königin Geraldine von Albanien

Das Diadem der Königin, aus Diamanten und Platin, zeigt das königliche Wappen der "Ram von Skanderbeg" mit weissen Rosen und einem Band aus albanischen Wildblumen.
Ihre Diamant und Rubin Anhänger Ohrclips betonen ihre violettblauen Augen; ihr Riviere ist abwechselnd aus Runden und Baquette Diamanten.

Das Diadem wurde von Marianne Ostier entworfen und gefertigt, es existierte eine rote Leder-Box für das Diadem, auch mit dem königlichen Wappen oben markiert.

Marianne Ostier schreibt in ihrem Buch über dieses Diadem:
Eine Königinnen-Krone
Die Krone des Monarchen und die seiner Gemahlin oder seiner Königin wurde oft von den Vorgängern getragen, dann weitergegeben oder vererbt.
Gelegentlich gibt es eine Abweichung von der Tradition, wie bei der Hochzeits Krönung von Königin Geraldine von Albanien.

Geraldine war eine römisch-katholische Gräfin und mit einem mohammedanischen König verlobt.
Eine Königskrone trägt in der Regel ein Symbol für den Glauben, des Monarchen,in seinem Design eingebaut. Es gibt religiöse Motive in der Ornamentik. In diesem Fall wurden auf solche Motive und Symbolik natürlich verzichtet.
Ich hatte die Ehre, der Königin Geraldine, eine neue Krone bzw Diadem, zu gestalten. Mein Problem war, ein königliches, aber keine religiöse Motiv zu etablieren.
Ich fand es im Wappen der Könige von Albanien. Diese trägt den stilisierten Kopf eines seltenen Berg Widders, der die schneebedeckten Gipfel der schönen albanischen Berge durchstreift.
Ein wohlgeformter Widder Kopf mit Diamanten besetzt, den ich in die Mitte des Diadem platzierte, darunter weiße Rosen von Diamanten nach unten verjüngt mit einem Band von albanischen Wildblumen, gestaltet die Blätter von Diamant Baquettes. Eine dekorative und unverwechselbare Diamant-Krone für die dekorative und aufstrebenden Königin Geraldine.




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The Queen's wedding coronation tiara, made of diamonds and platinum, shows the royal crest of the "Ram of Skanderbeg" mounted on a bandeau of white roses and Albanian wildflowers. The ram was the symbol of Skanderbeg, the first Albanian to fight for independence in the fifteenth century and thus particularly appealing as King Zog was the first monarch after the country had been freed from Turkish rule. It had a red leather box also marked with the royal crest on top.

In addition to her wedding tiara, Queen Geraldine is wearing her diamond and ruby pendant ear clips and her riviere was of alternating round and baguette diamonds.

The tiara was designed by Marianne Ostier (1902-1976 neé Aufricht), for Österreicher Wien, later Ostier, Inc., New York.

Founded in Vienna in 1895, the court jewellery firm of Ostier (originally Österreicher Juwelier und Silberschmied run by Moritz Österreicher and his son Oliver (Otto)) created jewels for the Austrian emperor and the European elite. In 1938, after the Anschluss, Oliver Ostier emigrated to New York and founded Ostier Inc. with his wife, Marianne. Within a short time, they established themselves as one of the city's leading jewellers and attracted a dedicated clientele. Marianne was the creative force, holding several patents, and her modern designs won numerous awards for the company, including the prestigious Diamond USA Award and the Diamond International Award. She was selected as the first lifetime member of the Diamonds International Academy. In 1958, she published Jewels and the Woman, an introduction to the art of wearing jewellery. The firm closed in 1969, following Olivier's death as Marianne felt that the numerous administration duties that she would have to assume could not be met without artistic compromise.


Marianne wrote in her book about this tiara.
A Queen's Crown
The monarch's crown, and often his consort's or his queen's has of course been handed down from the heads of those that ruled before. Occasionally there is a deviation from the tradition, as at the bridal coronation of Queen Geraldine of Albania.
Geraldine was a Roman Catholic countess betrothed to a Mohammedan king.
A royal crown usually bears a symbol of the monarch's faith incorporated into its design; there are religious motifs in the ornamentation. In this case, naturally, such motifs and symbolism were not to be involved.
The honor of designing Queen Geraldine's crown was entrusted to me. My problem was to establish a royal but not a religious motif.
I found it in the crest of the kings of Albania. This bears the stylized head of a rare mountain ram, which roams the snowy peaks of the beautiful Albanian mountains. A sculptured head of the ram I had encrusted with diamonds and set in the centre of the tiara; this tapered down to a border of white roses made of diamonds, the leaves fashioned of diamond baguettes -a decorative and distinctive diamond crown for the decorative and distinguished Queen Geraldine.

Geraldine, Queen of Albania, was born in Budapest on August 6, 1915, into Hungarian aristocracy.
Her father was Count Guyla Apponyi de Nagy-Appony and her mother, Gladys Virginia Stewart, was from an old Virginian family. By the age of 20, however, her family's fortune had been so depleted that she was forced to sell postcards in the Budapest National Museum. Despite their financial difficulties, she was still required to attend formal events, where she was a favourite of photographers, who loved to capture images of the renowned beauty.

King Zog I, Albania's first monarch, fell in love with Geraldine upon seeing one of these pictures and he proposed on New Year's Day 1938, ten days after their introduction. After their marriage, Geraldine was the first and only member of European royalty to have American blood.
In April 1939, just three days after giving birth to their son, Leka, they were forced to flee the country when Italy invaded, taking refuge in Greece and later in England. After years in exile, King Zog I died in Paris in 1961 but in 2002, at the invitation of the Parliament, Queen Geraldine and Leka returned to Albania. She died in Tirana, Albania's capital, on October 22, 2002.

Thank you to Laura and Volker!

             
Sources: Sotheby's, Ostier Jewels and the Woman;

 

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