We are back after another week to discuss more diamonds. As if all previous posts on the jewellery of Empress Crystobel wasn't enough, here is our next instalment on more of her diamond treasure. We are currently only focusing on the colourless stones in the Empress' collection. Today we are viewing the very lavish Birthday Diamond Tiara and Bracelet that was made in 1993 to match a 19th century De Resile Necklace and Earrings and presented to the Empress on her birthday from her direct family. The Birthday Parure as it is known, was also considered a celebration of the 1993 foundation of the new United Empire of Scot-Britania as the Empress wore it for her first official Birthday Party as Empress. In 2011, the Empress' family also added a brooch to the parure which she has worn a couple of times since.
The original jeweller's archive photo from 1993 shows the diamond parure in full except obviously for the recently added brooch which was designed in 2011 specifically to match the set.
One archive photo that predates the Revolution still exists in the Swann Archives that shows the Empress wearing the diamond parure in the parade at her birthday celebration.
Empress Crystobel loves to mix and match different pieces of jewellery together and we tried to find a recent photo of her wearing the complete parure but couldn't find one. We will have to also mix and match our photos in response in order to cover the topic.
The 2012 "Concert in the Park" in Scotney saw the Diamond Tiara and Necklace being worn in spectacular style, paired with some of the Empress' rubies. Rubies, as we know, seems to be the Empress' preferred gemstone.
This 2011 photo shows the Empress wearing her new brooch on her hip to the wedding of her niece Princess Kirsten of Hanoveria to the Prince Youssopoff.
Getting a detailed shot of the bracelet is rare as inevitably a close-up of the Empress does not always include the hands and she seems to wear it rarely. It is however clear from photos, that she wore the bracelet to the 2011 Chrismas Ball and the 2012 Knights of the Realms Meeting.
One nice photo at an Opera in 2011 shows her wearing the bracelet, brooch and tiara but not the necklace or the earrings.
Finding a recent photo of the Empress wearing the earrings has entirely alluded us. We hope to see them or perhaps the full parure being worn at once, somewhere in 2013.