Although diamond engagement rings will always be our first love at Voltaire Diamonds, we thought it time to showcase some of the most incredible, intricate and beautiful tiaras and crowns owned by royalty around the world. Some are still owned by royals today, passed down from generation to generation, while others have ended up in the hands of others. There is one thing that they all have in common- carats upon carats of major bling!
The Stuart Tiara
The Stuart diamond falls under many names due to its long, extensive histories that just make you wish that jewels could talk! Also known as the Holland diamond, the main stone of the Stuart Tiara was bought rough by King William III and Queen Mary II, making up (in its cut form) a near staggering 40 carats. The stone is incredibly rare, not only is it huge but it is a pale blue colour with a greenish tint- making it extremely valuable. It has been, in its long life, set into a brooch, a pendent and later set into a clasp surrounded by 22 round brilliant diamonds. In 1897 it found its current home, set in a tiara for Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, however it has not been seen in public for decades which has led many to question whether or not the tiara has been disassembled.
The Burmese ruby tiara
Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was given almost 100 Burmese rubies for her wedding day, which she later had made in to the (some may say infamous) Burmese ruby tiara. The reason as to why the tiara is somewhat divisive among gemstone and tiara fanatics is because the diamonds used to construct the tiara were taken from another. The rubies and diamonds were set in a series of rose motifs; which combines white and red petals- paying homage to the Tudor rose of England. The tiara is much more modern than many of the pieces in the Windsor collection and stands as one of the Queen’s favourites for years, although it has been quite a while since it has been seen out in public.
The Cartier Halo Tiara
Made by Cartier in 1936, the Cartier Halo tiara, also known as the Scroll Tiara or Queen Elizabeth’s Halo Tiara is made up of platinum and diamonds and was given by The Duke of York to The Duchess of York before their wedding. It was later passed down from the Queen Mother to the present Queen Elizabeth II who wore the tiara on her 18th birthday. It was also adorned by the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, After years in the royal vault, the Queen loaned the stunning Cartier tiara to Catherine Middleton for her wedding to Prince William in 2011.
The Queen Mary fringe tiara
This piece was made in 1919 and was based on the traditional Russian kokoshnik headdress, which can also be worn as a necklace. It was worn by the current Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her wedding to Prince Phillip, however it turned out to be a bit problematic on the Big Day as it broke while the bride was getting ready!
The Rose Cut Diamond Bandeau
A simple design that sure does pack some punch! Created for the Dutch queen; Queen Juliana using large diamonds received by her grandmother, Queen Emma, as a wedding gift, the 34 giant gems were originally set in a necklace. The simple design of the exquisite necklace is rarely seen among other tiaras, many critics appraise the ‘restraint in design’. There are no flourishes, overbearing metal or smaller diamonds to take away from the carat busting power of the 34 main players!
The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara
Peraps the most impressive tiara in our list, if not for its incredible history, for the fact that it comes with two different kinds of stones to swap out! The tiara has 15 intertwined diamond circles strung together with a diamond ribbon on top, hung with articulating pendant pearls, or indeed emeralds.
The magnificent tiara was made in 1874 and owned by the Grand Duchess, the tiara was forced to be hidden in the royal vault at Vladimir palace in 1918 during the Russian revolution. It remained hidden until a member of the British Secret Intelligence Service smuggled the jewels out of Russia (in a plain, nondescript bag) to be returned to the Duchess. The tiara was later sold to the British Queen Mary for a sum of £28,000, although only £3,000 has since been delivered. Queen Elizabeth II has worn the tiara numerous times, with pearls, with emeralds and indeed; without either! It remains one of her most prized possessions in the royal collection.