Pearl Diadem

1853

1853

I have a soft spot for diadems. They may not be as striking as larger crowns, but something about their small size makes them appear just so delicate and proper.

This particular diadem only measures 7cm tall, 19cm long, and 18.5 cm wide. In other words, it’s pretty tiny. Despite its small size, doesn’t diminish how elegant and stunning it is.

Created in 1853, this pearl diadem contains 998 brilliants (in this case, diamonds cut to appear more brilliant) and 212 pearls. Oh yes, you heard that right. Hundreds of pearls and diamonds make up this splendid little diadem, which was one of the crown jewels sold at auction in the late 1800s in France. In 1992, the group known as the Friends of the Louvre donated the diadem to the museum to be preserved.

I’m always amazed when I see pieces of the French Crown Jewels that have … [read more]

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PARIS Cake Jewelry

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

Cake toppers are one of those small wedding details that can easily get lost in the thick of things, which is a shame because they are incredibly important, seeing as how they take center stage on the wedding cake (one of those not so small details). A wedding topper is also the perfect opportunity to show guests (and by extension, the world) who the bride and groom are together. Personally, I find it as a fun opportunity to showcase both of their personalities and overall style. 

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

Courtesy PARIS by Debra Moreland

It takes a bit of looking to find someone who specializes in making top-notch cake toppers. Never fear, Wedding Story Writer is here! We made a great connection at NYC Bridal Market just a couple of weeks ago. Our creative director, Michelle, loved the vintage flair and the fact that Debra Moreland, founder of … [read more]

A Crown Engagement Ring

The Spencer Ring

The Spencer Ring

Who said crowns were meant to be placed just on one’s head? It’s not set in stone!

Above is a beautiful example of how the symbol of a crown can be incorporated creatively into fine jewelry.

This royal antique engagement ring sparkles with a stunning diamond and deep red ruby placed delicately next to each other, a crown resting gently over the two stones. It was during the Victorian era that this trend emerged, and it was quite commonplace to see various types of jewelry set with a crown motif. This particular piece was purchased in London by Charles, Earl Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, for his first wife Victoria Lockwood.

I would love to see this trend dusted off and reinvented, and not just for engagement rings. Think of all of the fun yet sophisticated jewelry that could be made by adding a little … [read more]

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Marie Louise’s Turquoise Crown

Empress Joséphine's Crown

Empress Marie Louise’s Crown

The French crown jewels have seen a lot in their days. They have been through countless revolutions and were eventually broken up and sold off in auctions in 1885 after the Third Republic was formed. Today we’re featuring a crown from the collection that is stunning and has had quite a history. Napoleon I was known to lavish expensive gifts on both of his wives. Things may not have ended well for his first marriage or his attempt at being  supreme ruler of France, but I have to hand it to the man- he had good taste when it came to gift-giving.

This particular crown was a gift to his second wife, Marie Louise, whom he married to produce an heir that his first wife Josephine could not provide to solidify the line of succession. After Napoleon was exiled and Marie Louise left France for Austria, … [read more]

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The Countess of Essex Tiara

Photo Courtesy Cartier

Photo Courtesy Cartier

Happy Tuesday to you all! We thought we would try to jazz your day up with a lot of diamonds and sparkle, and the Countess of Essex tiara is our sparkler of choice. I’ll be the first to admit that any royal tiara makes me want to fan myself a little, but this particular one has become one of my personal favorites. I imagine wearing it, feeling the weight of the diamonds and gold upon my head. Would I wear it? Every chance I was given!

The pattern is what makes this tiara a true visual treat. Swirls of diamonds, ensconced in silver and gold make this piece eye-catching and elegant, and a bit of a stand-out compared to other pieces in the royal collection.

Personally, I think that it’s not just the flash and sparkles that make tiaras fun. The history behind one is usually equally … [read more]

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