Alexandra Feodorovna Empress of Russia| Jet comb Tiara |Diamond Riviere, Victorian tiara style hair comb with jet balls
The personal jewelery formerly belonging to the late Empress of Russia.
This interesting jewel was a traditional Victorian mourning jewel belonging to Tsarina Alexandra. The tiara style hair comb with jet balls was a hair accessory of the time. She wore black, because she was in mourning of her father-in-law, the tsar.
Victorian jewelry made of black materials was always worn by those in mourning. This includes pieces made of jet, vulcanite, gutta-percha, and bog oak.
In a later variation of these pictures the details of the balls are transformed into pear-shaped pearls, but it was not black pearls.
Also shown above is this magnificent diamond riviere and matching diamond earrings, two pieces which were some of her earliest jewels worn by the Tsarina, as well as her talisman-like array of bracelets.
Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna (1864-1918), in a letter of 5 Nov 1884 to Queen Victoria, written before the marriage of her sister Princess Alix of Hesse to Emperor Nicholas II, described the wedding ceremonies and traditions of the imperial court. She also gives an insider’s glimpse of the family mourning the death of Alexander III, her brother-in-law. From Russia, Royalty & the Romanovs, opening at The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse on 21 June 2019.
Sources:Memories of the Russian Court; Royal Collection; Russisches Staatsarchiv;