A diamond and platinum tiara, composed of a central openwork oval motif of graduated circular-cut diamonds within a tapering line of smaller diamonds above and below and supporting in the centre a large marquise-cut diamond within two graduated oval haloes, a large circular-cut collet below, and to either side three graduated stylised 'C' scroll motifs, each with a central marquise collet set throughout with brilliant-cut diamonds, probably French, Circa 1912.
Jewel box (with the Castellani jewels) of Queen Maria Pia of Savoy. The work of the Castellani family on antique jewellery gave rise to the ‘archaeological style’ jewellery that was very much in fashion during the 19th century. In 1862, they created one of their most famous productions, the jewellery casket, a good example of their skill, to be offered by the people of Rome to Queen Maria Pia of Savoy when she married King Luís I of Portugal. By Fortunato Pio Castellani, Italy, Rome, c.1862.