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I think quite a lot of people would like to know something about the Royal and Private jewelry of the Romanian family. Anyone with information ?

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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2005, 01:38:25 PM »
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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2005, 01:49:41 PM »
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The Steel Crown of Carol I, made with steel from a captured Turkish cannon after the Independence war of 1877

Romania became a kingdom in 1881 by crowning Carol I with this crown. Carol arrived in Romania [Walachia + Moldavia] in 1866 as was proclaimed "Principe" [head of state] and needed to go to Istanbul to be confirmed.

It is now in the National History Museum in Bucharest



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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2005, 01:58:26 PM »
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The coronation in Alba Iulia.


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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2005, 02:01:20 PM »
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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2005, 06:11:47 PM »
Queen Marie had purchased Miechen's sapphire kokoshnik tiara





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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2005, 06:13:54 PM »
The Greek key tiara that Helen wears was purchased from Ducky as a wedding present when she married Carol.

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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2005, 06:16:40 PM »
Missy purchased the sapphires because she had lost almost all her jewelry in Russia where it had, ironically, been sent for safekeeping in 1916. Post-war, despite repeated diplomatic demands, it all just disappeared. QM was devastated and wrote to a friend that her jewels had been part of her dowry and 'my father died in debt. These jewels were all I had'.

After WW1, due to QM's heroic behavior during WW1 and her popularity w/the Romania public, Nando gave her carte blanche to replenish her collection.

She also purchased a tiara of Miechen's composed of 5 large sapphires (QM had the central one replaced with an even larger one).  As for the famous sautoir (and that sapphire WAS 478 carats--unbelievable!) it was left to King Michael who eventually had to sell it in exile. She had purchased the long diamond sautoir with the huge sapphire for 3,375,000 francs (in 1920s money!  :o ). A purchase this large had to be cleared with KF and her made arrangements to pay for the sapphire in 4 annuities, the last being in 1924.

The tiara was left to Ileana who eventually sold it to an American jeweler.  I think the sautoir was worn by King Michael's wife Anne at their wedding. The sapphire had already been sold. The sapphire was eventually bought by a Greek billionaire in 1948 who later gave it to Queen Frederica of Greece. She had it mounted to a pendant which later became the centerpiece of a necklace. There's a photo of QF wearing the necklace  for her 25th wedding anniversary. The sapphire itself sold in 2003 for $1,494,480.

tiara and diamond & sapphire necklace:





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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2005, 08:33:38 PM »
The second picture of Queen Mother Helen was actually wearing her mother, Queen Sophie of Greece's great tiara. Ferderica was also wearing that tiara in the photo with the sappaire.

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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2005, 11:51:16 PM »
I was referring to the first--that is Helen, isn't it?
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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2005, 07:38:48 AM »
The first & second one are both Helen. The second one was the one Helen wore her mother's tiara.

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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2005, 07:44:46 AM »
Where are these jewels now? Can the current Royal Family wear them?

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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2005, 09:14:45 AM »
I think the Greek Key tiara is still with the family, and the long chain too. (Queen Anne wore them when she got married to King Michael). Princess Margarita can be seen waiting the tiara sometimes. The pearl Cartier tiara was given to Elisabetha, who either lost it or sold it in exile.

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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2005, 10:51:39 AM »
I read on danjel's old site that the Greek key tiara is the only tiara still in possession of the family--at least c.1996. I don't know about smaller pieces of jewelry.
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Re: Jewels of the Balkan Royal Families--Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2005, 11:00:31 AM »
Don't forget the diamond chain, where the sappire use to hang. Yes I am afraid the rest of the lot was gone. divided between Elisabetha, Mignon and Ileana. I don't know if Prince Nicholas recieve a share in the jewels or not, or if he gave some to his morganetic wife.