Aaaah Royalty. I had a friend tell me the other day that she wasn't "into" them like I was and it got me thinking. Why am I so enamored with the thought of royalty? And not just the British royal family, all royalty in general, present and especially past. I think the reason why I love them so is because over here in the wonderful USA, we don't have any! "Antique" royalty is so full of wonder. The stuff of fairy tales and legend, myth and reality, heartache and true love, tragedy and triumph, love matches and marriages for political gain. The pictures of Queens and Princesses in their silks, satins, jewels, tiaras, crowns and huge feather fans, really speaks to my inner princess. I wish I could hear what those ladies were thinking and feeling. Were they happy, sad, miserable, content? Did they love their life and their children and husband?
Well, to advance my Royal theme of costuming this year, I decided I needed a Royal Order. Not a Royal Family order as I shared here. This Royal Order would be like the many Royal Orders that are in existance today and are awarded to those who are royalty and sometimes not! I want mine to be complete with a breast star, sash and badge as demonstrated here. Here is a list of some of the orders, most in existance today: The Order of the Thistle, The Order of the Elephant, The Order of the Golden Fleece, The Royal Victorian Order, and The Order of St. Andrew.
First on the list for my Royal Order was the breast star. I found some lovely sites online that sold reproduction stars, Replica Reglia and Quarterdeck Medals & Militaria. While they have great reproductions, the price of the stars was a bit out of my budget for costume jewelry. So, I spent about a week combing eBay, etsy, Hobby Lobby, Charming Charlie, Macy's, Dillards, JC Penney, Kohls, etc. Nothing presented itself to be even remotely close to a royal order star. Then I happened upon a store on eBay that sold "bridal rhinestone jewelry". "Ok" I said to myself, this is the last store we will look at. I scrolled down their hundreds of brooches and necklaces and my eyes landed on a brooch. THE brooch. Holy mother of pearl!!! This was it! Well...not really, it would need a lot of work, but THIS WAS IT!!! I am a DIY girl anyways so I was even more thrilled at the prospect of this project. Below is a long list of pictures and research that brought me to my Royal Order Breast Star! I still need to come up with a great name and story behind my order, but for now I am just seriously content at the brooch that is pinned to my Emma mannequine!
My Royal Order!!
|My Finished Royal Order! I am incredibly beyond happy with how it turned out! For some reason, the pearlized ivory disk under the double headed eagle is photographing with a green tint...|
A list of real Royal Orders
|Breast Star of The Most Noble Order of the Garter, United Kingdom|
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia
Information about The Most Noble Order of the Garter can be found here:
|The breast star of The Order of the Rose, Brazil|
Photo courtesy of Royal Ark website
The Order of the Rose is one of my favorite breast stars...hello diamonds and pink roses!! And it came with a pink sash!!
Information on the Order of the Rose can be found here:
|Breast Star of the Order of St. Patrick, United Kingdom|
Photo courtesy of The Tudors Wiki
Information on the Order of St. Patrick can be found here:
|Breast Star of the Order of St. Catherine, Imperial Russia|
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia
Information on the Order of St. Catherine can be found here:
Lovely Ladies wearing their Royal Orders!
More information can be found here:
|Queen Mary or the United Kingdom wearing the breast star, sash, and arm garter of the Order of the Garter|
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
|Tsarina Maria Feodorovna of Imperial Russia wearing the breast star of the Order of St. Catherine|
Photo courtesy of Grand Ladies blog
Wonderful website that contains many photos and paintings of the Grand Ladies of yesteryear
The process by which I acquired my Royal Order
|Newely arrived bridal sunflower brooch from eBay|
|I found these at Hobby Lobby. Perfect, as the package contained an assortment of sizes!|
|Brooch with the "Clear AB" crystals removed and the clear crystals glued in place.|
Please note that if any of you lovely followers plan on doing this, and you are using super glue to glue in your crystals, be very careful when glueing. I got too much glue on a whole ray of crystals and they turned cloudy. I don't know if it is the chemical make-up of the glue messing with the crystals or what, but use caution and a minimal amount of glue!
|Small crown buttons from Hobby Lobby|
I noticed on a few of the real breast stars, there were neat little crowns above the center medallion. I found the above buttons and Hobby Lobby and knew they would be perfect!
|Earrings found at a local antique store. The double headed eagle medallion would be perfect for the center of my star!|
After I had my crystals and button crown glued to my star, the hard part came. I needed a medallion for the center of my star. I had looked and looked and looked for what seemed like forever (Nooooo...patience is NOT one of my virtues!) and I couldn't find anything that blew my skirt up! Finally, yesterday, I went to a local antique store and literally spent 1.5 hours going over the place with a fine toothed comb. I finally found a pair of earrings that had what would pass for a doable medallion. I still wasn't convinced until I took them home, disassembeled them and layed them on the star.
I do believe I shattered my poor husband's ear drums I squeeled so loudly with delight! I was so excited that pure joy was bubbling up in my chest! Needless to say, I was pretty happy with how the double headed medallion looked on my star! I also think it is pretty neat that the earrings had the emblem on them that they did. I am fascinated with the Royal Family of Imperial Russia and the emblem for them was the Imperial Double Headed Eagle. Too fun!
|Disassembled earrings...thank you for your sacrifice!|
|Another shot of my completed Royal Order breast star! I'm still pretty happy with how it turned out!|
Now that the star is done, I am on the look out for a badge. I am pretty sure my ribbon will be a dark red as I think it will go well with the color of dress I am planning on making!
More great information on Royal Orders can be found here:
This AWESOME blog has this great post about the orders that Royals around the world still use. I will re-visit this when I post about the sash that will go with my breast star:
A very long read but this article has great information from an Encyclopedia fro 1911 on Royal Orders.
My Pinterest board dedicated to Royal Orders...I was dismayed to discover that a bunch of pins I pinned from another pinner didn't have references...I will hopefully be finding out where the pins come from in the future...
Until next time my lovely friends! I hope I have inspired you to make your own Royal Order Star! Please share your stars with me if you decide to make your own!