The Kochli Sapphire Tiara (Parure)
This unique tiara belonged to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, created in 1894 by the jeweller Kochli, an official court jewellery maker. Called upon by Alexander III and his wife Marie Feodorovna, Kochli created the sapphire and diamond parure for the Tsar’s future daughter in law, the then Alix of Hesse.
The tiara is made of 16 sapphires in a diamond surround; the piece is centered around the five largest oval sapphires, each of which is topped by diamonds. Underneath, a structure of swirling diamond scrolls knot together, studded with additional sapphires. The design theme continues throughout the rest of the parure, which included a brooch, necklace, and bracelet.
It remained in the collection of Alexandra Feodorovna through her years as tsarina, but like the rest of her jewels, it ended up in the hands of the Bolsheviks, and was featured in the Bolshevik’s catalogue of 1925. It, like many others, has since been lost. [x]
The Sapphire Parure given to Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia by her father, Tsar Alexander II on her wedding to Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred, The Duke of Edinburgh.
The parure is styled with the different national flowers of the United Kingdom, the Rose of England, the Thistle of Scotland and the Shamrock of Ireland.
The Grand Duchess gave the parure to her daughter Princess Victoria Melita (later Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia), who is pictured wearing the parure
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