Forget dog ears or freckles, the latest chic augmented reality filter on Instagram features a centuries-old tiara that once belonged to the Italian Royal Family. The new filter by Sotheby’s showcases their latest prized lot, a diamond and pearl tiara thought to be worth £1 million, which will go on sale in Geneva in May. It is said to be one of the most significant tiaras to go on sale in recent history.
The headpiece belonged to the House of Savoy, and is thought to have been created by the court jeweller Musy Padre e Figli for Maria Vitoria dal Pozzo on the occasion of her marriage to Amadeo I of Savoy in 1867. When her husband’s father died in 1870 he became the King of Spain, making her Queen Consort.
The House of Savoy was established in 1003 as a royal dynasty, ruling over Sicily, Sardinia, Italy and briefly, Spain. The last member of the house to rule as a monarch was King Umberto II, the last King of Italy. His grandson, Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy, Prince of Venice, is currently running for political office, and has spoken candidly about his desire to reinstate the monarchy.
Other tiaras in the family’s collection include the Snowy Pink Tourmaline Tiara, worn by the Princess of Venice on her wedding day to Emanuele Filiberto in 2003; Queen Margherita’s Musy Tiara, which was a favourite of the last Queen of Italy, Queen Marie-José; and also the Pearl and Diamond Ivy Wreath Tiara, usually worn by Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon-Parma.
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