Friday Fierceness!

“Lara”- The Edit by Net-A-Porter, December 22, 2016

Sweater: A.P.C., Shorts: Hanro, Jewelry: Sarah & Sebastian, Scosha. Image THE EDIT/BOO GEORGE

Sweater: A.P.C., Shorts: Hanro, Jewelry: Sarah & Sebastian, Scosha. Image THE EDIT/BOO GEORGE

Model: Lara Stone
Photographer: Boo George
Stylist: Cathy Kasterine
Hair: Martin Cullen
Makeup: Florrie White

Friday Fierceness!

“Here is Kroes”- Vogue Russia January 2017

Suit: Gucci.  Image VOGUE RUSSIA/PATRICK DEMARCHELIER

Suit: Gucci. Image VOGUE RUSSIA/PATRICK DEMARCHELIER

Model: Doutzen Kroes
Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
Stylist: Olga Dunina
Hair: Ward Stegerhoek
Makeup: Christelle Cocquet

Friday Fierceness!

“Let’s Dance”- Vogue Germany January 2017

On her- Jacket, Shirt, Tie, Skirt: Chanel, Stockings: Fogal, Shoes: Mary Katrantzou X Gianvito Rossi, Jewelry: Vintage Love. On him- Jacket, trousers: Chanel, Shirt: Brioni, Tie: Lanvin, Shoes: Givenchy, Jewelry: Vintage Love.  Image VOGUE GERMANY/GIAMPAOLO SGURA

On her- Jacket, Shirt, Tie, Skirt: Chanel, Stockings: Fogal, Shoes: Mary Katrantzou X Gianvito Rossi, Jewelry: Vintage Love. On him- Jacket, trousers: Chanel, Shirt: Brioni, Tie: Lanvin, Shoes: Givenchy, Jewelry: Vintage Love. Image VOGUE GERMANY/GIAMPAOLO SGURA

Models: Cameron Russell & Jon Kortajarena
Photographer: Giampaolo Sgura
Stylist: Christiane Arp
Makeup: Jessica Nedza
Hair: Franco Gobbi

Friday Fierceness!

“Bold Choices”- The Edit by Net-a-Porter, December 1, 2016

Top, trousers (just seen): Missoni.  Image NET-A-PORTER.COM/CHRIS COLLS

Top, trousers (just seen): Missoni. Image NET-A-PORTER.COM/CHRIS COLLS

Model: Jessica Chastain
Photographer: Chris Colls
Stylist: Tracy Taylor
Hair: Renato Campora
Makeup: Mary Wiles

Jewel of the Month

The Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Parure- a four piece suite of turquoise and diamond jewels

The Saxe- Coburg and Gotha Turquoise Tiara, part of the four piece turquoise and diamond suite. Image THE COURT JEWELLER

The Saxe- Coburg and Gotha Turquoise Tiara, part of a four piece turquoise and diamond suite. Image THE COURT JEWELLER

This is one of my favourite suites of Royal turquoise jewelry with its fantastic balance of colour and sparkle provided by the diamonds. It’s beautiful and regal without being too gaudy. Comprising of four pieces, a coronet-style button tiara, a necklace, earrings and a brooch, the suite features large oval and circular turquoise cabochon cut stones, all surrounded with diamonds, with scrolling diamond framework and floral diamond accents. The tiara is designed as a band of large turquoise with diamonds, set upon a frame of diamond scrolls with smaller turquoise accents and a final band of diamonds that sits above a white gold base. The necklace is a single row of turquoise and floral diamond clusters with a dangling row of five matching pendants, and is simple in comparison to the matching earrings and brooch. The earrings are comprised of two dangling diamond clusters with small turquoise centers, while the brooch features a very large oval turquoise as the center of an elaborate scrolling flower with diamond petals and leaves, with a large dangling pendant of turquoise and diamonds.

Princess Victoria Adelheid of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha wearing the Turquoise Parure on different occassions.  Image GETTY IMAGES/FRANZ GRAINGER

Princess Victoria Adelheid of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha wearing the Turquoise Parure on different occassions. Image GETTY IMAGES/FRANZ GRAINGER

Created by an unknown jeweler before the 1905 wedding of Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, this suite is thought to have been a one of the Princess’ wedding gifts from her parents or new husband. The Princess wore her turquoise suite publicly on a few occasions- there are photographs of her wearing parts of the parure for separate events, and she notably wore the full suite for the wedding of her daughter Princess Sibylla to Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden in 1932.

The wedding of Princess Sibylla of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha & prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, October 1932.  Shown here (from left to right) Karl Edward, Duke of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha, Crown Prince Gustaf of Sweden, Princess Sibylla, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, Crown Princess Louise of Sweden and Princess Victoria Adelaide of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha (who is wearing the tiara from the Turquoise Parure.  Image WIKIMEDA COMMONS/THE COURT JEWELLER

The wedding of Princess Sibylla of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha & prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, October 1932. Shown here (from left to right) Karl Edward, Duke of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha, Crown Prince Gustaf of Sweden, Princess Sibylla, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, Crown Princess Louise of Sweden and Princess Victoria Adelaide of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha (who is wearing the tiara from the Turquoise Parure. Image WIKIMEDA COMMONS/THE COURT JEWELLER

Although the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family lost their dukedom at the end of World War I, they retained their hereditary titles along with the majority of their lands and jewels. The turquoise parure is just one of the treasures they retained. Although it remained out of the public eye for many years, today we occasionally see the parts of this gorgeous turquoise parure popping up at major royal events on Princess Kelly, the American wife of Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the great- grandson of Princess Victoria Adelaide.

Princess Kelly of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha at the wedding of Princess Madeleine in 2013 (left) and at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria in 2010 (right), wearing the Turquoise tiara and necklace.  Image GETTY IMAGES/ZIMBIO

Princess Kelly of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha at the wedding of Princess Madeleine in 2013 (left) and at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria in 2010 (right), wearing the Turquoise tiara and necklace. Image GETTY IMAGES/ZIMBIO

Princess Kelly has worn the tiara and necklace to a few occasions in recent years, including the weddings of both Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, and to King Carl Gustaf of Sweden’s 70th birthday gala in April 2016 (King Carl Gustaf is the son of Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha).

Princess Kelly of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha wearing the Turquoise tiara and necklace at King Carl Gustaf's 70th Birthday Gala in April 2016.  Image GETTY IMAGES

Princess Kelly of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha wearing the Turquoise tiara and necklace at King Carl Gustaf’s 70th Birthday Gala in April 2016. Image GETTY IMAGES

I love this parure, and would love to see more of it- particularly the brooch and earrings which, after the tiara, are said to be the most impressive pieces in this suite.

Xx – Ana