When in Vienna, you’re bound to learn about Sisi—the nickname of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837–1898)—and her widely recognizable diamond and pearl star jewels. Made famous in an 1865 painting by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, which was commissioned by her husband, Emperor Franz Joseph, Sisi’s ankle-length hair was adorned with myriad eight- and 10-point star jewels made by jewelers Rozet & Fischmeister. Some of the original stars can be seen at the Empress’ own Sisi museum in Vienna, or in any number of Austrian jewelry store windows in silver and crystal interpretations.
Sisi-inspired star jewelry for sale in Vienna
Pictures of Sisi, Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837–1898) were everywhere in Vienna, including hotel lobbies.