Großfürstin Wladimir, Maria Pawlowna von Russlands spektakuläre Juwelen
When she attent the famous costume ball in 1903, Grand Duchess Vladimir put the earlier version of her Diamond Aigrettes in her Kokoshnik, in the middle the large item and on both side the sheets to the middle, the aigrette-style tiara, with tall, feather-like diamond tendrils coming out of the tiara base.Whenever she moved, the cascade of diamond briolettes, are suggested water are shaken from a reed stem of diamonds, dance en tremblant.
The splendid "Waterfall Tiara" was created by Chaumet. In the archiv of Chaumet, the Tiara “Waterfall” was made by request of Grand Duke Vladimir Romanov, and was intended for his wife, Maria Pavlovna on the occasion of their silver wedding anniversary.
Different diamonds running along a reed sheat. Elements fashioned to imitate sprays of water, set with diamonds, support briolette diamonds with tremble with every movement, fall down in large briolettes like water drops.
In 1908, it was altered by Cartier, from the existing Chaumet tiara and noted in the book:
Cartier Hans Nadelhoffer: A Persian aigrette appears in the 1899 stock book and in 1901 a wheat-ear aigrette, together with a lily-of-the-valley aigrette made of eight diamond drops suspended from a platinum thread.
This first period, which was dominated by floral motifs, came to climax in 1908 with the modification by Cartier for Grand Duchess Vladimir of a ninteenth-century aigrette tiara with symmetrically arrranged shoots related to the supple wheat-ear tiara and to Massins aigrette for Duchess of Medina Coeli, the whenever thy moved, its threee curving clusters, now set with her Indian-cut briolettes like cascades of blossom, suggested dewdrops shaken from a stem.
Another very similar Aigrette in floral design, was made by for the for the second Countess of Henckel-Donnersmarck. The center is different, the Henckel-Donnersmarck center is setted with a very larg cushion-shaped diamond and enormous diamond drops and pear shaped diamonds.
Insted the briolette diamond tiara of the Grand Duchess Vladimir, had a round diamond in the center and hanging briollettes, see above.