Art Friday: All about bling!

Art Friday: Bling

Todays art is all about jewels worn by rich and famous of the time — generally members of the royal families of Europe. This is serious jewels worth $$$$$ and some more $$$!! I often wonder about the weight that some of these ladies have to wear and how much it makes their necks and heads ache. 

Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon
Maria Feodorovna (born Princess Dagmar of Denmark), Empress-Consort of Alexander III of Russia














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Comments

  1. What an interesting post, thank you my dear friend, there are some details in the paintings and in the photograps you've shared so charming about jewels !
    Much love to you
    Dany

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    1. I alos noticed all that detail, it is amazing how an artist can place a blob of paint and turn it into a beautiful pearl!

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  2. Lovely. Can't wait to show Sophia. She's all about bling and accessories.

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    1. This is a lot of bling!!! I hope Sophia enjoys it :)

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  3. Such gorgeous jewelry. But I wonder, where are they now?

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    1. Christine - you thought the very same question I did - where are they all now. I would assume that some have been melted down and turned into other jewels, but i wonder how many went missing in all the many wars that have criss-crossed Europe over the years - for example, what happened to all the jewels from the Tsars in Russia?

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  4. Some pretty pieces of jewelry there (especially in the last collage), and some really gawdy ugly ones!! I don't like the really heavy-looking pieces... The more delicate jewelry is far more pretty - like the middle tiara in the last collection.

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    1. I am sure some pieces must have left the wearing with a migrant with all that weight. When I was young (quite young) I would make tiaras and wear them with my dress-up clothes pretending to be a princesses!! Auntie Helen had a stack of books on the young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret and I use to pretend I was one of them!!

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