Royal crowns

Monday, 15 August 2011

Visiting the Tower of London and seeing the crown jewels as a child was definitely something that had a big impact on me as a child, so it's probably no surprise that I painted this for one of the Anzu cards! Like all our bejewelled collection we hand-decorated the card with Swarovski crystals to create an extra sumptuous look.

When I visited Moscow some time ago, I was also amazed at the incredible things in the Kremlin Armoury, particularly Catherine the Great's robes and these medieval crowns.

Catherine the Great's Imperial Crown made for her in 1762, which has a staggering 4,936 diamonds.

The Holy Roman Emperor's Crown, which is ornamented with 144 different kinds of precious stones including sapphire and emeralds. Isn't it stunning?

The German Kaiser's crown

I like the different style of this Kiani crown, from the Iranian crown jewels. It has 1800 small pearls, 300 emeralds, and 1800 rubies.

Alternatively, you could get this aluminium crown from Lassco !

Images Anzu, via lonely planet, via smart moscow, via, via asia-europe.uni, , unknown,

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