Important Romanov Turquoises. The Russian empress Catherine the Great passed down a set of diamond turquoise jewels through the generations, Princess Louise of Prussia – the Duchess of Connaught to Princess Margaret of Connaught, Princess Ingrid of Sweden her daughter is the late Queen Ingrid of Denmark.
Princess Margaret is a maternal grandmother of Queen Margrethe and the paternal grandmother of King Carl-Gustav of Sweden.
That is how these jewels found their way to Queen Margrethe, see above with the older setting and the smaller ear pendants, and she gifted them to Crown Princess Mary in 2022 for her 50th birthday.
Princess Margaret of Connaught | Crown Princess of Sweden Wedding Present – Turquoise cluster and Diamond brooch, Turquoise pendant – Royal Jewel history
An oval turquoise and diamond cluster brooch and drop shape pendant, and turquoise and diamond cluster earrings once belonged to Empress Catherine II of Russia, also known as Catherine the Great, and inherited through Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia, the Duchess of Connaught, Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden and Queen Ingrid left to Queen Margarete of Denmark. She presented it to her daughter-in-law, crown princess Mary, on their 50th birthday.
Turquoise is a captivating gemstone that has been used for centuries in jewelry making, and its beauty has not diminished over time.
Queen Marie of Romania was no stranger to its allure, as she treasured her old set of turquoise jewelry and even had it modified into a grander and more elegant piece.
The new turquoise crown, which was gifted to her by her husband, Nando, was designed to be a larger and more prominent accessory that could better complement her regal style. Its intricate design features a diadem of seven crosses with a stunning centerpiece made from a cluster of large turquoise gems from her old necklace. The base of the coronet is adorned with Greek key ornaments and round turquoise gems, adding a touch of sophistication to the piece.
Kreuter & Co, Hanau, was the skilledjewel workshop who crafted this masterpiece, which also doubles as seven single brooches. The earrings were also redesigned to match the grandeur of the new turquoise crown, with a quadratically framed diamond setting that complements the stunning turquoise gems.
Queen Marie of Romania’s love for the turquoise gems was evident, and the modification of her old set of jewelry into this grander piece showcases her appreciation for the beauty and versatility of the gemstone. The new turquoise crown is truly a remarkable piece of jewelry that embodies the grandeur of royalty and the timeless elegance of turquoise.
The morning of the Royal wedding in Athens was splendidly sunny, with the locals referring to it as „King’s weather.“ The King of Greece, like Queen Victoria, was renowned for his luck with auspicious skies for such occasions. The scent of myrtle filled the city’s streets, where it had been generously used for decorations, transforming Athens into a town of myrtle. The whole town was adorned with flags, evergreens, and triumphal arches at all major street intersections. Early in the day, people from the surrounding countryside flocked to the town, and the national costumes of the peasants added to the picturesque scene. At five o’clock, a salute of five guns was fired, and the bugle calls rang out from all points about the town through the clear morning air, bringing the streets to life with animation. This animation quickly developed into enthusiasm of the wildest description that Athens has ever seen. Every inch of vantage ground along the route followed by the bridal procession was taken up, with all the windows occupied by ladies, gentlemen, and children, and thousands of people viewing the parade from the roofs of houses. The streets were lined with soldiers, and for weeks there had been the keenest desire to obtain tickets for the Cathedral to witness the wedding ceremony.
The first lady to appear in the diplomatic circle was Mrs. Ylakos, dressed in a magnificent Greek costume of white, red, and gold. She was followed by Madame Traubenborg in a court costume, with a pink train and a white satin front, surmounted by a headdress with a pink band ornamented with diamond stars, from which depended a veil. They were closely followed by Olanesko in a sky blue dress with a gold train, Princess Antzo in a costume of red velvet with pink cut en train, a pink front trimmed with gold, and a grand display of diamonds, Madame Rackmetiew wearing a Russian costume of orange and gold, Ojeda with a white Spanish mantilla about her head, Baroness Kosjek in a light blue dress trimmed with gold embroidery, and Lady Monson in a pretty pink silk costume trimmed with gold. The ladies of the Court followed, led by Theocheri, Madame Bapountzakis, and Madame Anargyro, all wearing the national Greek Court costume.
Their entrance was immediately followed by 96 ladies belonging to the suites of the Empress of Germany, the Queen of Italy, the Princess of Wales, and the Empress Frederick, with those of the latter dressed in sombre colours.
The Royal party left the palace at eleven o’clock, and the bride, though nervous, looked very happy. She gracefully acknowledged the applause of the people, who were all pleased with her girlish sweetness. Upon their arrival at the Cathedral, the Metropolitan greeted them at the door.
The company entered the church in the following order: The French Ambassador accompanied the Empress of Germany; the Emperor of Germany escorted the Empress Frederick; the King of Denmark accompanied the Queen of Italy; the Prince of Wales accompanied the Queen of Denmark; Prince Henry of Prussia and the Princess of Wales; the Czarewitch and the Princess of Saxe-Meiningen. Then followed the Duke of Sparta and the Princess Sophie. The ceremony began immediately, with the Empress Frederick leading her daughter to the table and the King of Greece leading his son. The ceremony was of the most impressive character and lasted an hour and a quarter. The wedding service was conducted by the Metropolitan of Athens, Gerraanos, assisted by the Archbishops and Bishops of Greece, all in magnificent vestments. A platform, about a foot high, had been erected, occupying a good half of the floor beneath the dome in front of the altar. ….more
The barely seventeen-year-old Princess Cecilia of Baden (1839-1891) married on August 16, 1857 the Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolayevich Romanov (1832-1909), the youngest son of Tsar Nicholas I and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna. Prior to marrying, it was necessary for Cecilia to accept the Russian Orthodox faith. So she was baptized on August 15, 1857 in a ceremony, being given the name Olga Feodorovna Ольга Фёдоровна.
Her jewelry is famous, and her sapphire parure was later owned by two of her children the Grand Duchess Anastasia Michaelovna Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg Schwerin and her Grand Duke Mikhail Mikhailovich Romanov, who sells them to Henry Lascelles, later the Earl of Harewood, it was his wedding gift to Princess Mary of Great Britain, see in the picture below.
She wore it as stomacher and devante de corsage, or used single ornaments as brooches. The Princess Royal had no pierced ears, so she wore no earrings.
The Romanov sapphire and diamond necklace, was sold, but two items in knot design are still worn by the Countess Harewood, Andrea Lascelles on her wedding day and later when she was seen with Queen Victoria’s Sapphire Coronet, probably as earrings.