From the Library of Congress collection:
Maybe some of you might find this information interesting.
From 'The Anaconda Standard' (Acaconda, Montana; dated May 29, 1894):
TIARAS FOR JOSIE
A Very High-Toned Wedding in Brussels.
BRUSSELS, May 28:--The marriage of Princess Josephine of Belgium to Prince Charles of Hohenzollern took place today, the civil wedding at 10 o'clock and the religious ceremony afterwards in the private chapel of the royal palace. The wedding gifts were numerous and costly, including a magnificent tiara of diamonds and turquoise with broach (misspelled here) and bracelet to match from the king and queen of Belgium. Princess Josephine is the second daughter of the count of Flanders. Prince Charles is the younger brother of the crown prince of Roumania.
From 'Omaha Daily Bee' (Omaha, NE; dated April 30, 1911):
To make this report shorter (by the way, it's written by Lady Mary Manwaring for the newspaper from London, April 30):
Under the main title of the story: "Rich Jewels on Exhibition"
***The money earned from the public admittance tickets to the exhibition benefited the Prince Francis of Teck Memorial Fund for endowment of the Middlesex Hospital.
***Jewels at the exhibition belonged to Princess Christian (Queen Victoria's daughter), The Duchess of Albany (Victoria's daughter-in-law), Princess Alexander of Teck (Victoria's granddaughter and Queen Mary's sister-in-law), 5 duchesses, 6 marchionesses, 15 countesses, 2 viscountesses and 12 other noble women.
Examples of jewels that are described in the newspaper:
***a small circular crown of Princess Christian was the only one in the exhibition that were consisted of turquoises where were alternated with "very fine diamonds on raised points."
***Headgear of the Duchess of Albany was made of "quadruple rows of diamonds surmounted in front by a half sun."
***Princess Alexander of Teck's tiara had "slanted wheat ears formed of diamonds in a curious old setting and meeting in front."
(I have seen a picture of her wearing this one on-line and in some Library of Congress newspapers. Naturally, I could not be able to post a newspaper photo right now, due to the photobucket issues).
***It said the crown of Mary (consort of King James II of England) was re-made (after the commonwealth destroyed the original Regalia items) with jewels from various goldsmith shops of London and "was fashioned as closely as possible after the records of the pattern of that worn by Editha in the Old Saxon days. No less sum than $450,000 was spent upon her dress and mantle, some of these will be used over again in Queen Mary's crown next June." (This last named Mary was the consort of King George V).
My note: that's all for now. Might find some other interesting pieces of news about the jewels to post here.
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