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Tiara Time: Baby Cambridge’s First Tiara

[Let it never be said that We don’t bow to the desires of the public.] Well as Royal Baby Watch continues, bets are being taken as to whether it will be a prince or a princess, the given name and … Continue reading

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Tiara Time! Queen Alexandra’s Amethyst Tiara

Ah, day four of Amethysts Ahoy! Theme Week! This tiara is often referred to as “Queen Alexandra’s Mystery Tiara” but there’s nary a nebulous quality to it. Remember when I said that there’s something about the Queens of England and amethysts? … Continue reading

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Amethysts Ahoy Theme Week: Queen Mary’s Amethyst Parure

There’s something about Queens of England and amethysts that don’t mix. An excellent example being the amethyst parure that belonged to Queen Mary of Teck, the queen of jewellery herself. She won the aubergine stones at a charity auction and … Continue reading

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Tiara Time! Amethysts Ahoy!

Well, somebody’s birthday is coming up on Tuesday and it’s come to Our attention that never have We discussed an amethyst anything, much less a tiara. To honor of February’s birthstone there’s only one thing to do: another theme week! … Continue reading

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the Flat hood: Tudor headgear III

It’s name leaving nothing to the imagination, this hood had flat top yet angular sides. It is supposedly the love-child of the English Hood and French Hood. Observe the “earlier style” Cecila Heron, Saint Thomas More‘s daughter, and Anne Cressacre … Continue reading

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the English Hood: Tudor-Era Headgear part II

[segway! from the trés obvious lead-in from the previous post on the French hood] its cross-Channel-cousin was (oh, irony of ironies) the English hood. That angular contraption of birdhousy geometric sensibilities that seems to imply self-castigation or taking up vows … Continue reading

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the French Hood: Tudor-Era Headgear part I

It occurred to me that Halloween is encroaching rapidly and if you’re like me, you’d prefer to dress in period costume! Well, I know we all didn’t spend WAY too many duckets on an 18 inch-high Marie Antoinette wig. Okay, … Continue reading

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