While on vacation in Madrid, one of
the highlights of Cliff’s trip was touring the Royal Palace.
Each room had its own theme and different materials
were used to decorate the walls. One room was decorated with
intricate ceramic walls, while the next was adorned with
stone walls and Fresco ceilings, and after that, a room with
hand-painted walls that looked like ornate wallpaper.
Each area was more magnificent than the last.
In the center of the Palace were the crown Jewels.
In one particular picture nearby, Queen Sofia was
wearing a gorgeous tiara with jewels forming upside-down
teardrops. Known as the “Cartier Loop Tiara,” it was
originally created by Cartier for a nineteenth-century
Spanish queen: Maria Cristina, the Austrian-born wife of
King Alfonso XII wore it as her bridal tiara on her wedding
day. The shape
of the tiara’s loops were so striking to Cliff that he
wanted to use it as the focal of his necklace.
lace surrounding the beautiful bezeled Swarovski centerpiece
is reminiscent of the lace fringe and ruffles common in
The lace is encrusted with Swarovski pearls and
crystals as well as precious metal plated beads for added
overall necklace is the perfect balance of the stately Royal
jewels and the light and airy lace that was often worn with