Author Topic: Jeweled Crescent pins  (Read 18015 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Lisa

  • Velikye Knyaz
  • ****
  • Posts: 1464
  • Alix & Ella
    • View Profile
Jeweled Crescent pins
« on: May 07, 2004, 09:34:43 AM »
Dear Thomas,this is my domain!  

To this era, it was a jewels very common  for the women and the girls in particular, in broach or in pendentif.  The moon is the symbol of the antique goddess Diana (with the Roman and Artémis with the Greeks).  She is the twin sister of Apollon, she is a virgin goddess of the hunt and night.  


Offline Tasha_R

  • Graf
  • ***
  • Posts: 250
    • View Profile
Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2005, 08:32:02 PM »
I have noticed that a number of ladies in the family sported pins done up in a crescent shape.  The most recent one I saw was on a colorized photograph of Ella.

I am wondering if this has any particular significance or if it was simply a style of the time period.

Sincere regards,
Tasha

Offline 30_Dollar_Princess

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 48
  • When I grow up I'll be QUEEN!
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2005, 10:59:27 PM »
Style of the time.

Lots of ladies who came of age in the 1880s and 90s wore the crescents. Pretty weren't they?

Offline grandduchessella

  • Global Moderator
  • Velikye Knyaz
  • *****
  • Posts: 13039
  • Getting Ready to Move to Europe :D
    • View Profile
    • Facebook page
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2005, 12:33:52 AM »
Definitely in style. You can see them on royal ladies all over Europe--not just the Romanov women.
They also serve who only stand and wait--John Milton
Come visit on Pinterest--http://pinterest.com/lawrbk/

Offline Tasha_R

  • Graf
  • ***
  • Posts: 250
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2005, 08:12:22 PM »
Yes, they were very pretty.  I've seen some in person in estate jewelry.  Were they reserved for the rich and famous or could upper middle class afford them, do you know?

Thank you,
Tasha

Offline 30_Dollar_Princess

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 48
  • When I grow up I'll be QUEEN!
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2005, 08:31:42 PM »
Well, my  guess is that crescents were like any other fad.

The rich wore them in diamonds and pearls while those who couldn't afford to be quite as grand as all that had theirs done up in turquoise or garnets.

I've seen lots of garnet crescent pins and you could probably find a slew of such pins for different price ranges on eBay.


Offline Baby Tsarevich

  • Velikye Knyaz
  • ****
  • Posts: 1166
  • Anastacia Pavlovna V.
    • View Profile
    • Alyosha Sunbeam. (Mine and Dana's)
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2005, 09:06:24 PM »
Can someone post pictures of the Romanov ladies who wore them?

AlyoshaSunbeam.com
updtd jan.22;2007.
check out the new addition: Nasha Russia

Offline ChristineM

  • Velikye Knyaz
  • ****
  • Posts: 2882
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2005, 12:43:01 PM »
Many of these crescent brooches comprised paste stones set in silver.   I have two French paste crescent brooches.   One is a simple crescent.   On the other, the crescent passes through the centre of a heart.

Antique French paste jewellery is becoming very collectable, but it is still affordable.   I inherited mine.   I have also seen them made with pearls and pearl and sapphire.   I just love the motif.  

The Royal/Imperial families' star and crescent moon brooches most certainly were created from plantinum/gold and diamonds.

tsaria
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM by tsaria »

Offline Martyn

  • Moderator
  • Velikye Knyaz
  • *****
  • Posts: 7022
  • Martyn's Chips
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2005, 03:41:17 AM »
As Tsaria has pointed out, stars and crescents were motifs that were very much in vogue for jewllery in the second half of the nineteenth century.

They were very commonly made up as brooches but are also encountered in the form of hair ornaments; invariably the effect is very glamorous, particularly when these jewels are composed of diamonds.

I will see if I can find any images of jewels of this type.....
'For a galant spirit there can never be defeat'....Wallis Windsor

'The important things is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.'......QV

Offline Martyn

  • Moderator
  • Velikye Knyaz
  • *****
  • Posts: 7022
  • Martyn's Chips
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2005, 03:47:08 AM »


Nada Milford Haven's tiara is an interesting example of a piece of jewellery that combines both of these motifs.

The design of this tiara enables the individual crescent, star and trefoil ornaments to be detached and worn separately either as brooches or ornaments for the hair, thus providing a degree of versatility in what must have been a very costly piece of jewellery.

I believe that there were plans for this jewel to be returned to Russia, but I am not sure if anything came of it.....
'For a galant spirit there can never be defeat'....Wallis Windsor

'The important things is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.'......QV

Offline ChristineM

  • Velikye Knyaz
  • ****
  • Posts: 2882
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2005, 09:11:27 AM »
Which oligarch's 'wife's' head was it proposed it should adorn?

Or was it destined for someplace as prosaic as a museum?

tsaria

Offline Martyn

  • Moderator
  • Velikye Knyaz
  • *****
  • Posts: 7022
  • Martyn's Chips
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2005, 07:36:24 AM »
I can't quite remember the details but suspect that it was for exhibition.....

I will attempt to find out what became of the jewel.....
'For a galant spirit there can never be defeat'....Wallis Windsor

'The important things is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.'......QV

Offline Tasha_R

  • Graf
  • ***
  • Posts: 250
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2005, 04:30:46 PM »
What a fabulous tiara!  Thank you for posting.

Tasha
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 06:00:00 PM by Tasha_R »

Offline Martyn

  • Moderator
  • Velikye Knyaz
  • *****
  • Posts: 7022
  • Martyn's Chips
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2005, 12:07:54 PM »
Quote
What a fabulous tiara!  Thank you for posting.

Tasha



You are welcome.  Here is a picture of Nada Milford Haven actually wearing it......

'For a galant spirit there can never be defeat'....Wallis Windsor

'The important things is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.'......QV

Offline Martyn

  • Moderator
  • Velikye Knyaz
  • *****
  • Posts: 7022
  • Martyn's Chips
    • View Profile
Re: Jeweled Crescent pins
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2005, 07:05:36 PM »
As promised an image of someone, sadly not a Romanov grand duchess, wearing a diamond crescent as hair ornament......

Mme Stern by Carolus Duran 1889.

'For a galant spirit there can never be defeat'....Wallis Windsor

'The important things is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.'......QV