H.R.H Princess Fawzia in 1950
In 1939, H.R.H. Princess Fawzia - the daughter of H.M. King Fuad and H.M. Queen Nazli of Egypt - married the future Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi. For this grand occasion, Van Cleef & Arpels was commissioned to create a diamond and platinum jewelry set comprising of a necklace, a pair of earclips, and a tiara.
H.R.H Princess Fawzia's tiara drawings, 1939, Van Cleef & Arpels' Archives/ H.R.H Princess Fawzia's tiara, 1939, Private Collection
The remarkable tiara is adorned with 54 pear-shaped diamonds weighing 92 carats and 530 baguette-cut diamonds weighing 72 carats.
H.R.H Princess Fawzia's necklace retail card and drawing, 1938, Van Cleef & Arpels' Archives
This unique two-strand necklace in round and baguette-cut diamonds, along with the earrings and tiara, were worn by the Princess on many occasions. She became a fervent admirer of Van Cleef & Arpels’ jewelry and never missed an opportunity to visit their boutique on Place Vendôme.