This diamond & aquamarine Faberge tiara is up for auction
April 1, 2019: Made in 1904 as a wedding gift from Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1882-1945), this Fabergé tiara is of symbolic design with forget-me-not flowers tied with ribbon bows, signifying true and eternal love, pierced by arrows representing cupid. It was made as a token of endearment, attraction and affection to his bride Princess Alexandra of Hanover and Cumberland (1882-1963).
The tiara is composed of nine graduated pear-shaped aquamarines, old, cushion and rose-cut diamonds. This historic tiara will be offered at auction for the first time in the upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale on 15 May in Geneva, and is offered with a pre-sale estimate of $230,000-340,000.
After a series of letters discussing the commission of a diamond and aquamarine tiara, a subsequent letter referred to a completion for the wedding on 7 June, as requested by the Grand Duke. Fabergé, however, declared that it was impossible to execute the commission in such a short time. On the day of the wedding, Princess Alexandra wore the traditional Hanoverian nuptial crown. The diamond-set coronet that had been in her family for more than a century was commissioned in 1761 for the wedding of King George III of England and Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Fabergé tiara, her own special wedding gift from the Grand Duke, followed later.