Thursday, July 2, 2020

Imperial Opals

 From The Court Jeweller:
Wedding gifts from all over the Austro-Hungarian empire poured in for the new crown princess. The City of Budapest offered Stephanie a unique suite of jewels set with rubies, diamonds, and Hungarian opals. Lisa, the reader who visited the Hofburg and has generously shared her photos with all of us, told me, "Personally, I thought the opals to be extremely luminous." In recognition of Stephanie's family, the suite incorporates the golden lion of Belgium, as well as the coat of arms of the City of Budapest. Overall the set's design owed much to traditional Hungarian jewels; it was reportedly inspired specifically by a set owned by a sixteenth-century Queen of Hungary, Isabella Jagiellon. The new set of jewels was placed on public display in Budapest on April 25, 1881. (Read more.)

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