Saturday, August 11, 2007

Crown Me Queen!

I write this post today to confess that I have recently been harboring an obsession with antique crowns. I love to look at them, lust after them, and try to think of ways to justify buying them. I have tried to satisfy this obsession with fake antique crowns but they just aren't doing it for me. I think I must secretly believe that I was some kind of royalty in a past life (God knows I didn't make it to such a lofty height this time around) Here are my sad little imposters. I do love them but they are a reminder to me that I do not yet posses the real thing.

The real thing can be found at one of my favorite sites Alhambra Antiques
They are located in Coral Gables Florida and they offer a huge selection of antiquities and decorative arts.

Paris Hotel Boutique is another great source for decorative antiques and curious.

Tara at Paris Parfait has quite a collection of beautiful crowns as well as everything else under the sun - I am sick with jealousy! Check out her fantastic blog about life in Paris and scouring the city of lights for hidden treasure. She is a talented writer and observer of life.

Can't remember where I found this one but I love it.

Some great books on crowns and jewels.

The Queens Jewels by Vincent Meylan

Tiara by Diana Scarisbrick
Jewels of the Tsars by Prince Michael of Greece


paris parfait said...

Oh, Jackie aren't you sweet!! Thank you for the kind words about my blog. It is becoming harder and harder to find antique crowns, even in France. But I see them on occasion at big brocantes/antiques fairs like Chatou and Bastille but sometimes the prices are often too high to consider. Even if your crowns aren't antique, they're still lovely! If you come to Paris, let me know and we'll go crown-shopping together. :) Am off to England for two weeks, but will be back to visit you soon. Thanks again for the lovely reference!

Unknown said...

Dear Paris, How is it that you are living my life? Paris, England, exotic antique fairs and I am stuck in Las Vegas of all places! I love Paris and Europe in general and I usually make the trek for a few weeks each year. This will be the first year in a long while that my husband have not made it "over the pond" as they say. Our schedules are too crazy this year. Hopefully we will be back on track next year. I live for my European vacation! Enjoy yourself in Jolly Old England and have a pint for me.

cotedetexas said...

Hi - I just bought a "fake" crown with a votive inside! How tacky. But it's cute. oh well, can't afford the old ones!!


Unknown said...

You know what they say - Fake it till you make it! Some day I will have a real crown of my own!

Mélanie said...

Hello , actually thanks to blogging . I've met Tara from Paris Parfait and I've sold her a terrific crown .
I love your blog , this post is very interesting . As I have more baby Jesus Crowns to sell I'm going may be to write a note also about it.

Unknown said...

I think you should treat yourself to one. It would look wonderful on you with your new "doo"

Fine Little Day said...

Love the creative shapes of the crowns.

blah said...

I think every girl secretly loves crowns - these ones you've found really are beautiful!! lovely post - again!!