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marthajefferson:

Queen Elizabeth I Original Chromolithograph
The Grammar of Ornament, the global and historical design sourcebook, Owen Jones - 1910 (source)

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Empress of India

Queen Victoria started a trend in engagement rings when she received a snake ring as her engagement ring. Snakes were seen as a symbol of eternal love. Her snake ring contained emeralds. During the period before the  Victorian era (and even during) engagement rings often bore the wife-to-be’s birthstone in them and in Victoria’s case her birthstone was an emerald.

Victoria loved her snake engagement ring that was designed especially for her by her beloved Prince Albert and it is believed that she was wearing it when she was buried.

tawnyscostumesandcuriosities:

Mary Queen of Scots’ Watch: Large SKULL WATCH given by the Queen to Mary Seton. The forehead of the skull is engraved with a figure of death between a palace and a cottage, and a quotation in Latin meaning ‘pale death visits with impartial foot the cottages of the poor and the castles of the rich’ (Horace). The skull is held upside down and the jaw lifted to read the silver dial. The hour is struck on a bell. Made by Moyant A Blois (1570-90).

tawnyscostumesandcuriosities:

Mary Queen of Scots’ Watch: Large SKULL WATCH given by the Queen to Mary Seton. The forehead of the skull is engraved with a figure of death between a palace and a cottage, and a quotation in Latin meaning ‘pale death visits with impartial foot the cottages of the poor and the castles of the rich’ (Horace). The skull is held upside down and the jaw lifted to read the silver dial. The hour is struck on a bell. Made by Moyant A Blois (1570-90).

centuriespast:

A locket with hair from Mary Shelley and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. CreditBodleian Library, Oxford

centuriespast:

A locket with hair from Mary Shelley and her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. CreditBodleian Library, Oxford


Monogrammed ring of Catherine II of Russia, St. Petersburg, circa 1770

Monogrammed ring of Catherine II of Russia, St. Petersburg, circa 1770

teatimeatwinterpalace:

This handsome bookmark was made in 1840 and was given as a gift by the Duchess of Kent (Queen Victoria’s Mother) to Prince Albert on the day of his marriage to Queen Victoria—February 10.The gold bookmark was inserted into the prayer book which Prince Albert held on his wedding day. The structure of gold hangs from green silk ribbons. It is set with eight gemstones which spell out the name, “Victoria.” Let’s take a look at it, beginning with the deep red stone at the top, center.



V – Vermillion. This deep red stone is actually a garnet. At the time, it was commonly called “Vermeil” for vermillion as a description of its color. In modern jewelry terms, this can be quite confusing since the term now refers to silver which has been plated in a metallic blend of gold and other alloys. 






I – Jargoon. Yeah, I know. That doesn’t begin with an “I.” However, in 1840, a “J” was often used in place of an “I.” 






C – Chrysolite. Wow. This one actually means what it is and starts with the right letter. 






T – Turquoise. 






O – Opal 






R – Ruby 






I – Jargoon, again. By the way, this is a reddish-amber colored natural zircon. 






A – Amethyst

teatimeatwinterpalace:

This handsome bookmark was made in 1840 and was given as a gift by the Duchess of Kent (Queen Victoria’s Mother) to Prince Albert on the day of his marriage to Queen Victoria—February 10.

The gold bookmark was inserted into the prayer book which Prince Albert held on his wedding day. The structure of gold hangs from green silk ribbons. It is set with eight gemstones which spell out the name, “Victoria.” Let’s take a look at it, beginning with the deep red stone at the top, center.

V – Vermillion. This deep red stone is actually a garnet. At the time, it was commonly called “Vermeil” for vermillion as a description of its color. In modern jewelry terms, this can be quite confusing since the term now refers to silver which has been plated in a metallic blend of gold and other alloys. 
I – Jargoon. Yeah, I know. That doesn’t begin with an “I.” However, in 1840, a “J” was often used in place of an “I.” 
C – Chrysolite. Wow. This one actually means what it is and starts with the right letter. 
T – Turquoise. 
O – Opal 
R – Ruby 
I – Jargoon, again. By the way, this is a reddish-amber colored natural zircon. 
A – Amethyst
fortheloveofroyalty:

FTLOR’s 100 Favorite Royal Jewels (✰)

↳ 4. Empress Joséphine’s engagement ring

“The golden ring is in an 18th century setting called “toi et moi,” “You and Me,” with opposing tear-shaped jewels — a blue sapphire and a diamond. The carat weight of the two gems is a little less than a carat each. The ring sold for $949,000 by an anonymous buyer at auction in March 2013.”

fortheloveofroyalty:

FTLOR’s 100 Favorite Royal Jewels ()

↳ 4. Empress Joséphine’s engagement ring

The golden ring is in an 18th century setting called “toi et moi,” “You and Me,” with opposing tear-shaped jewels — a blue sapphire and a diamond. The carat weight of the two gems is a little less than a carat each. The ring sold for $949,000 by an anonymous buyer at auction in March 2013.”

lovingsylvia:

Sylvia and Ted “interrupted in a spat,” Chalot Square, London, July 25, 1960 photographed by Hans Beacham for a portfolio of images of British writers

"They were sullen. Hughes was rude. He was going to get more attention than she, and she didn’t like that while he did. He invited me outside and told me I needed to know that he loathed photographers". Hughes particularly wanted to keep Plath out of the way. "His wish, of course, forced me to photograph them together", Beacham said; and later; Hughes acknowledged that he had been "an ogre."

—Diane Middlebrook, Her Husband: Hughes and Plath-a Marriage, 2003


Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich in pensive mood

Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich in pensive mood


Up Close: Court Dress c.1845 Portugal (X)

Up Close: Court Dress c.1845 Portugal (X)

cervvo:

The Lovers of Valdaro

For 6,000 years, two young lovers have been locked in an eternal embrace, hidden from the eyes of the world. The “Lovers of Valdaro” — named for the little village near Mantua, in Northern Italy, where they were first discovered — were seen by the public for the first time in September of 2011.

The lovers are in fact two human skeletons, dating back to the Neolithic era, which were found in a necropolis in the nearby village of Valdaro in 2007, huddled close together, face to face, their arms and legs entwined. They were displayed at the entrance of Mantua Archeological Museum, thanks to the effort of the association, “Lovers of Mantua,” which is seeking a permanent home for the ancient couple.

After the discovery, many thought that the couple had been killed. It would fit in well with the history of an Italian region famous for many tragic love stories. Mantua is the city where Romeo was exiled and was told that his Juliet was dead. The composer Giuseppe Verdi chose it as the location for his opera Rigoletto, another story of star-crossed love and death.

But subsequent research revealed that the skeletons did not have any signs of a violent death. They were a woman and a man, between 18 and 20 years old. Some have wondered if they died together, holding each other in a freezing night. Professor Silvia Bagnoli, the president of the association “Lovers in Mantua,” doesn’t exclude this possibility, but says that more likely the skeletons were laid out in that position after their deaths.

 


Antonio Stradivari, Violin, Maple, spruce, ebony, 1693
This Antonio Stradivari violin is the only one in existence that has been restored to its original Baroque form. Before modification to produce a louder, more brilliant tone and to extend the left-hand technique to higher positions, Baroque violins had gut strings, a short fingerboard, and a neck angled back only slightly from the body. Today, few fine violins show these original features.
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Antonio Stradivari, Violin, Maple, spruce, ebony, 1693

This Antonio Stradivari violin is the only one in existence that has been restored to its original Baroque form. Before modification to produce a louder, more brilliant tone and to extend the left-hand technique to higher positions, Baroque violins had gut strings, a short fingerboard, and a neck angled back only slightly from the body. Today, few fine violins show these original features.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

and I do not want other witness than the cities of Romagna, which under my government have begun to discover the tranquility and peace that they had not even dreamed of, nor enjoyed, in the past times. [x]

solipsistictendencies:

The Basilica Cistern, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul/Constantinople. It was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. The bases of two columns reuse blocks carved with the visage of Medusa. The origin of the two heads is unknown, though it is thought that the heads were brought to the cistern after being removed from a building of the late Roman period. There is no written evidence that suggests they were used as column pedestals previously. Tradition has it that the blocks are oriented sideways and inverted in order to negate the power of the Gorgons’ gaze, however it is widely thought that one was placed sideways only to be the proper size to support the column. The upside down Medusa was placed that way specifically because she would be the same height right side up.

beautifulcentury:


HRH THE PRINCESS HELENA OF BRITAIN by the lost gallery on Flickr.

beautifulcentury:

HRH THE PRINCESS HELENA OF BRITAIN by the lost gallery on Flickr.