Sisi Stars - stud earrings made of diamonds

A.E. Köchert Jewellers, Vienna

The first “Sisi Stars” were a gift from Emperor Franz Joseph I to his wife on the occasion of their first wedding anniversary. The stars are also famously worn by the Empress in an oil portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.

Giant pipe from the Waldviertel region

JTI Collection Vienna; photo: Pedro Salvadore

It took four years to carve this masterpiece of a giant pipe in Allentsteig in the Waldviertel region. Rudolf von Habsburg can be seen on the lid, leaving his horse to a priest; underneath are the crown lands’ coats of arms and the motto “Praised be the devout hunter”.

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