Story of the diamond jewels of Nancy Leeds, Princess Anastasia of Greece-Denmark the Dollar Princess.
Anastasia, Princess of Greece and Denmark née Nonie May Stewart (1878-1923). She was born in Zanesville, Ohio, to William Charles Stewart, a wealthy merchant and his first wife Mary Holden.
Gorgeous Gowns of US Princess originally from The Daily Southerner, 16 December 1920
Following the dispatch two days ago of a tiara valued at a half-million dollars, in the making of which the biggest jewelers of London and Paris collaborated, six girls have started for Athens in charge of twenty-one trunks and fifty-three hat boxes containing the coronation trousseau of the Princess Christopher , formerly Mrs. William B. Leeds of the United States.
The trousseau, on which the famous Rue de la Paix dressmakers have been working day and night since it was definitely announced that former King Constantine would return to Greece , includes a sumptuous coronation gown of white satin. The gown is ornamented with purple brocade and has a three-yard train, which is a foot longer than the famous train worn by Mrs. Leeds when she was presented at the British court. At that time she was much criticized, as the court regulations prohibit a train longer than seven feet.
This train will be bordered with white seal, which will sweep downward from the head. The princess's plumes, mounted with diamonds, will show up in vivid contrast to the famous Leeds pearls, three ropes of which will encircle the neck .
A tiara made in 1905 for Nancy Leeds consisted of a continous series of Louis XV-stye garlands, surmonted by seven diamond drops, a style which Cartier preferred as ornaments consisted of diemond or pearl drops set with the narrow end ponting downwards on a kokoshnik or Louis XVI-style garland.,
Sources:Cartier archive,Nadelhoffer Cartier;
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