Queen Marie was a granddaughter of both Queen Victoria of Great Britain and granddaughter of the tsar of Russia. She acquired a pearl tiara from Cartier, which featured nine pear-shaped pearls suspended from arches and six large round pearl buttons set in arcade-shaped ornaments surrounded by diamonds and one single round pearl on top, above the center, which she wore in the 'Byzantine' style, see above.
As Queen Marie lost many of her jewels deposited in Russia, she had to build a new collection. She purchased several important pieces from some of her impoverished Russian relatives. This Diamond Art Deco diadem created by Cartier, she bought in 1921 for herself. It was probably made using her mother’s imperial pearl tiara from Faberge, with a pair of earrings, a necklace and two pearl brooches*, which was left to her, after the death of the Duchess of Coburg in 1920. Queen Marie noted in a letter, when the pearls were to be appraised that one of them alone was deemed to be worth 400 000 swiss francs.
The amazing pearl tiara of Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia, Duchess of Edinburgh, Duchess of Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, had the same numbers of pearls - nine pear-shaped, hanging in a gallery and 7 round big buttons in the base. See the Duchess of Coburg*s jewelry Exhibition>> for more.
The coronation of Marie's husband was in Romania in 1922; she need some suitable tiaras for the coronation.
The Pearl drop and diamond Diadem she gave to her eldest daughter Queen Elisabetha of Greece.
*Source: Thank you Grigore Batin, for this information.
<< Back Next >>