The “Celebrity” aspect of Mike Kazanjian’s collection is certainly reflected in Madonna’s wedding tiara.
It also reflects generational perspectives on beauty and popularity.
There are a number of Tiara’s around looking for homes. It’s not a commonly sold item these days. But the detail work on these pieces deserve a close look.
Ols stones are rarely round, or even geometric in the sense of a repeatable ovoid shape.
Setting these is a chore at best. Each seat must be cut for a specific stone.
I’ll show another pair in an upcoming post some the nuances can be seen.
On another note, forgeries are out there.
Armand Hammer was deeply involved with the early soviets, buying most of the remainder of Fabrege’s workshop and , in particular, the “Fabrege” stamps along with those of the royal family. He then commissioned a number of (mostly) true to form pieces, stamped with the Fabrege hallmark as well as the Romanoff royal seal.
Pieces like the egg shown here are so close to the originals that many have been fooled. Thankfully , there are a few experts (like Mike) that can spot them.
Most of these pieces were made in the 1930’s, and the workmanship is truly remarkable, a few notches below Fabrege, but still well above most makers abilities.
So as decorative pieces they have merit and value, though far less than a piece with true Fabrege provenance.
Cary Grant’s gift of this diamond collar also has value, that of a human being saying Thank You, just for listening.
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