if you’re a canary, a fan of precious stones, can tell an ill-cut diamond from the light it fails to refract, a stoner-fan of eye candy or otherwise distracted by shiny objects do not look directly at this post if you are taking seizure medication. Yeah, it’s that pretty…Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik (God help me if I’m not spelling it right by now)
Once upon a time, the Prince and Princess of Wales were celebrating their Silver Wedding Anniversary. As royalty is prone, gifts poured in, wishing well from nobles to businesses to the Commission of Peeresses in England. All of the ladies of noble title chipped in and commissioned this Maria Feodorovna-inspired tiara from Garrards London. On behalf of the 365 Peeresses of the Realm, Lady Salisbury presented the diamond kokoshnik to the future Queen Alexandra in 1888.
Alexandra chose the design herself and it was undoubtedly inspired by her sister Minnie’s –ahem, Dagmar, future Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia’s– tiaras in her legendary jewel collection. (Bottom left.)
Pop Quiz: what parure did Elizabeth II mix and match with the Queen Alexandra Kokoshnik in the top-left photo? (Check the earring and the necklace.) I’m giving a $20 gift card to the first person to answer correctly. Seriously. This offer does not expire until the correct answer is posted.