Countess Géraldine Margit Virginia Olga Mária Apponyi de Nagy-Appony was the Queen consort of King Zog I of Albania and the mother of Leka I, Crown Prince of Albania
This photograph originates from the International Magazine Services photo archive. IMS was a editorial photo archive in Scandinavia founded in 1948 but evolved from older archives that have images in the collection also. The archive is in great condition and been in storage for a long time and the images in the collection are now being sold off one by one. The images in this archive where distributed in only 10-15 copies around the world at the time and many copies have been lost or damaged during time, each copy from the collection is therefore very rare and unique.
The Angouleme Emerald Tiara. The diamond and emerald tiara made for the Duchess of Angoulême by Bapst, on display with the rest of the French crown jewels at the Louvre Museum in Paris, 2016 This gorgeous tiara was made by Evrard and Frederic Bapst for the French crown jewels in 1820.
This diadem of emeralds and diamonds is a masterpiece of the jewelry of the Restoration. It enriches the collection of jewels of the Crown dispersed in 1887 and since patiently gathered by the department of Objects of art of the Louvre. Offered by Louis XVIII to his niece the Duchess of Angoulême, it is the work of Christophe-Frédéric Bapst and Jacques-Evrard Bapst, jewelers of the Crown until the Second Empire.
A work intended for a princess.
The duchess of Angouleme (1778-1851), daughter of Louis XVI and niece of Louis XVIII received this ornament from her uncle. She already possessed an ornament of emeralds delivered by the jeweler Paul-Nicolas Ménière as early as 1814. This set included a comb, a necklace, bracelets and earrings. The diadem, unlike the ornament, owned by the Duchess of Angoulême, is inscribed on the inventory of the Diamonds of the Crown. He uses four large emeralds bought by Louis XVIII and diamonds from the Crown collections. During the Second Empire, the diadem was worn by the Empress Eugenie, who particularly appreciated emeralds. Then it was sold with the other jewels of the Crown in 1887 before reappearing in a private collection.
40 emeralds and 1031 diamonds In the center of the diadem, between two windings in brilliant, a large emerald is surrounded by 18 brilliants. This emerald of 15.93 carats, almost square and very thin, is accompanied by fourteen other emeralds, two of which are fixed on both sides. The two lateral emeralds make 14.19 c.m. And 14.3 c.m. The jewelers Bapst completed this set with 26 small emeralds for 29 carats. In total the diadem is composed of 40 emeralds and 1031 diamonds. The central emerald is surrounded by 18 brilliants. The other brilliants form scrolls of foliage on which are fixed the kittens supporting the emeralds. The whole on a gallery formed of a rank of brilliants.
The Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara is said to have been part of the trousseau of Princess Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, the second wife of Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, who ruled Luxembourg from 1890–1905. It’s most closely associated with her granddaughter, Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde, who favored the tiara when sitting for photographs or paintings during her reign from 1912–1919. Created between 1865 and 1870, the tiara features a large cushion-shaped blue sapphire at the center, which can be removed and worn separately. Surrounding the sapphire is a leaf-and-berry motif crafted from brilliant- and rose-cut diamonds set in white and yellow gold. Two loops at the base of the tiara can attach an additional element. The tiara passed on to Marie-Adélaïde’s sister and successor, Grand Duchess Charlotte, and has since been seen on Maria Teresa, the current Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, her daughter-in-law, Princess Tessy of Luxembourg and Princess Stephanie. The new princesses might appreciate the timeless design of a tiara such as this, which has been beloved by the Luxembourg royal family for more than a century.
Though this tiara is by no means simple, it is still the most simplistic tiara on this list in terms of the amount of stones used, as well as the intricacy of the design. The Nassau Tiara, which was most likely created sometime between 1865 and 1870, showcases a large cushion-shaped blue sapphire that can be removed and worn separately. A floral motif displaying leaves and berries, comprised of rose-cut diamonds, brilliant diamonds, yellow gold, and white gold, and surrounds the sapphire on both sides. This regal piece once belonged to the wife of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Princess Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau, who was the Duchess of Luxembourg between 1890 and 1905.