Top Tiaras – Part Two

Top Tiaras – Part Two

So, Princess Eugenie surprised us all and went for the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara!  Well, when you have so many royal tiaras to chose from – what’s a girl to do?! #firstworldproblems

As we all know a girl can never have enough diamonds. That’s one of the reasons why, when I sat down to compile a list of my top royal tiaras, it ended up being longer than anticipated. Luckily for you, this means two blog posts for the price of one. Presenting part two of my top royal tiaras!

The Jordan Cartier Tiara

Maker:  Cartier

Created: Unknown

Original Recipient: Queen Alia of Jordan

Current Whereabouts: Prince Haya of Jordan, junior wife of His Royal Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai

Another tiara that is modern and ‘different’ (if you read my first post you will know I am all about the unique tiaras)! This one is almost an optical illusion.From afar, you think you’re in for a classical design. But then you get up close, and you it’s actually quite modern and abstract. The base of the tiara also seems to be quite tall. This can give the impression the tiara is floating above the wearer’s head. Some traditionalists don’t like this effect, but I love it.

Princess Haya has loaned the tiara to Queen Rania of Jordan rather frequently, and I think it looks absolutely stunning on her.

The Devonshire Palmette Tiara

Maker: Jeweller A.E. Skinner

Created: 1893

Original Recipient: Louise Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. Sometimes referred to as the “Double Duchess” due to her marriage to both the Duke of Manchester and the Duke of Devonshire.

Current whereabouts: Still with the Cavendish family

Another big hitter in the tiara world, the Devonshire Palmette Tiara  is composed of 13 palmette motifs separated by lotus motifs, set on a base of three rows of diamonds. Jeweler A.E. Skinner used nearly 1,900 diamonds set in silver and gold to make the piece, including 1,041 diamonds taken from other family pieces (including the star from the Order of the Garter regalia belonging to the 6th Duke).

The late Debo Devonshire used to wear it out partying. ‘It never occurred to me that it might not be a good idea to stand alone in the street, long after midnight, with a load of diamonds round my neck and nineteen hundred more glittering above my head,’ she said (#understatement). Another Duchess of Devonshire also once heard Queen Mary complaining about the weight of her own tiara and said, “The Queen doesn’t know what a heavy tiara is.” BURN.


The Harewood Scroll Tiara

Maker: Unknown – potentially of Russian origin

Created: Unknown

Original Recipient: Princess Mary, the Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965), third child and only daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. In 1922, she married Henry Lascelles, the 6th Earl of Harewood

Current Whereabouts: Unknown – Following Mary’s death in 1965, the Harewood Scroll Tiara was auctioned off in 1970 for the princely sum of £9,500

I can confidently say this Princess Mary was a bit of a magpie. She had a MASSIVE  collection of sparklers, containing several royal tiaras, but the crown jewel of her collection (pardon the pun) was the Harewood Scroll Tiara. The diadem is a mix of lines of single diamonds and diamond-set scrolls, with a large cluster of diamonds as its centerpiece. However, Princess Mary regularly swapped out the cluster of diamonds for an oval sapphire brooch, surrounded by 14 diamonds – a wedding gift from Queen Mary (makes my wedding gifts of a toaster and kettle look positively boring).


The Poltimore Tiara

Maker: Garrads

Created: 1870s

Original Recipient: Florence, Lady Poltimore, wife of the second Baron Poltimore, Treasurer of the Household to Queen Victoria

Current whereabouts: Unknown. In 2006 the Tiara was auctioned for £926,400  to a ‘private Asian buyer’. It hasn’t been seen since. Blame those pesky death duties.

Probably one of the most famous tiaras out there, the Poltimore Tiara was worn by Princess Margaret on her wedding day (and also in that iconic photo of her in the bath). It was acquired by a senior member of the Royal Family as a wedding gift for Margaret, prior to the official announcement of her engagement to photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones. It cost the buyer £5,500.

The all-diamond diadem is set in gold and silver with clusters of cushion-shaped and old-cut diamonds  set amongst scroll motifs topped with diamonds. It is a convertible piece – the clusters break down into a necklace and the large scrolls form a set of 11 brooches .


The Ice Frost Tiara aka The Queen Elsa Tiara

Maker: Chaumet

Created: Circa 1904

Original Recipient: Constance Livermore-Seilliere. It was a wedding present from her father-in-law Louis Cesar, Marquis de Lubersac.

Current whereabouts: Unknown

Another tiara I debated whether to include or not because of the lack of information on it (I could only find the one pic of it online), BUT JUST LOOK AT IT. The tiara consists of stalactite-shaped fringes; some are pointed, while others resemble melting stalactite with drops of (pear-shaped diamond) water hanging from them. The diamond stalactites are suspended from two-rows of brilliants, which itself hang from a base of round diamonds. While visually stunning, I imagine it would be a bit annoying to wear. I get annoyed when I get a bit of hair in my face, never mind diamonds.


The Russian Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara

Maker: Unknown

Created: Circa 1900

Original Recipient: It was said to have belonged to the last tsarina of Russia, Alexandra Feodorovna

Current Whereabouts: With unknown European noble family

I love aquamarines in jewellery, and this tiara is no exception. This Russian tiara arranges rectangular aquamarine stones in a kokoshnik shape, a style based on traditional Russian headdresses worn by married women as far back as the 17th Century. The style reached peak popularity 200 years later at the Russian imperial court of the Romanovs.

I also love square and rectangular cut stones. This diadam accents them with lines and arches of diamonds all set in platinum. Its a simple design, but an effective one – letting the aquamarines take centre stage in all their glory.

If you had the chance to be a princess for a day, what tiara would you wear?



1 Comment

  1. 17th October 2018 / 2:13 pm

    This post perfectly highlights what makes me saddest about tiaras and jewellery in general- they are purchases by “private buyers” and are never seen from again! I can’t believe that the jewellers who made them wanted them to be squirreled away for ages but then again, what do I know? I have half a mind to start a “save the tiaras” kickstarter where we just collect money to buy them and keep them for everyone to see!

    I would probably go with the Grenville tiara, Grand Duchess Vladimir, or the Harcourt Tiara, because emeralds are my birth stone and I couldn’t love them more! (In this dream day, I am married and allowed to wear a tiara haha.) I can’t imagine the weight, though! Your neck and shoulders must ache for aaaaaaages!

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