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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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the Chaplet: more historical royal headgear

A chaplet is a wreath or garland of leaves and/or flowers worn like a coronet. Often times it is bestowed as a mark of honor or a symbol of esteem, an evolution of the Roman corrolla or corrollæ, chaplets made … 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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