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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2006, 07:05:09 AM »
She thought it was safer to store the jewels in Russia than in Romania...So did VMH. They both lost their jewels... :(

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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2006, 08:42:50 AM »
Yes it was very unfortunate. I was reading through the biography (or autobiography?-can't remember which) about how Marie started to rebuild her jewel collection with the help of her sister Ducky. Ducky and Kirill had inherited jewelry from Miechen and they started to sell it to sustain themselves. Marie says how unfortunate it was but she did pay Ducky upfront and for face value.

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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2006, 08:43:47 AM »
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Yes, how did Queen Marie come to lose her jewels? Such a shame!



About 20 years or so ago, the Sunday Times magazine (London)  had a nice article about the loss of the Roumanian jewels.
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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2006, 05:26:13 PM »
Missy petitioned several times to the Soviet government for the return of the jewels but to no avail. She was especially upset over the loss of the jewels that had been given to her by her father for her wedding.
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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2006, 07:02:14 PM »
Yes...She should have left it in England, where it was the safest place.  :(

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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2006, 06:01:12 AM »
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About 20 years or so ago, the Sunday Times magazine (London)  had a nice article about the loss of the Roumanian jewels.


How interesting, I would love to see that I like the Sunday Times magazine.

I'm not suprised Marie was upset. Especially when the jewels had family connections :(

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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2006, 06:54:37 AM »
I wonder if they had records of how they dispose of the jewels... ???

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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2008, 11:51:51 PM »
Has anyone heard more of this?

The Hessen Affair

 1945 - Castle Kronberg, outside Frankfurt, is turned into a 'country club' for victorious American officers. The cynical Colonel Jack Durant and the dazzling beautiful Lieutenant Kathleen Nash uncover the crown jewels of Germany - more diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pearls than are gathered in any one place outside the Tower of London. Nash and Durant manage to get the gems to New York, where they must deal with gangsters to fence the loot. To make matters worse for the two renegade officers, Princess Sophie discovers the theft of her jewels and complains to American army headquarters. It now turns out that her brother fought for the Allies and is about to marry the future Queen of England. With double-crossing gangland figures trying to control the gems and the army closing in on them, will Kathy Nash and Jack Durant stay true to one other and their plan? Or will one sell the other out? 

The movie's still in production.


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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2008, 09:12:27 AM »
Sounds like a fun movie, a bit fantasy fiction based on semi-truths.  Hope it is a "Pink Panther" comedy.
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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #24 on: October 08, 2009, 03:18:36 PM »
What beautiful tiara!!! Thank you very much for posting all the photos grandduchessella,
Of what materials was it made? Diamonds?
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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2009, 10:23:47 AM »
Most likely diamonds.

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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2009, 05:37:35 PM »
Of course diamonds - the tiara was designed by the Prince Consort himself.

It was the only item to survive the terrible 1937 aircrash - protected in it special box. I think it is not worn anymore
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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2009, 02:33:25 AM »
Of course diamonds - the tiara was designed by the Prince Consort himself.

It was the only item to survive the terrible 1937 aircrash - protected in it special box. I think it is not worn anymore
At least one other tiara survived the aircrash,...and we have no knowlwdge if the 2 Grand Duchesses were taking all their jewels with them to London in 1937.
A set of diamond and aquamarines ,at least a part of which (tiara?) were by Faberge..and had come to Ernie from his sister Ella were still in existance...long after there were given by Louis & Margaret to a Hessian neice and were in the 90s sold in London.
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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #28 on: October 11, 2009, 03:05:42 PM »
The diamond lettice tiara worn by Alice, Ducky and Onor is still intact. It was last seen in the Tiara exhibition in the V&A in London and photographed in Jeffery Munn's fab book. The emerald and star tiaras last seen worn by Cecilie of Greece was never seen again.

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Re: Jewels of the Houses of Hesse (by Rhine and Kassel)
« Reply #29 on: October 14, 2009, 07:12:52 PM »
Thank you very much for answer my question below. It was indeed a very beautiful tiara
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