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Tiara Tuesday: The Grand Duchess Adelaide’s Tiara

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Made with diamonds set in white and yellow gold, it features a removable cushion-cut sapphire in its center. The diamond motifs are leaves and berries crafted of brilliant-cut and rose-cut diamonds. There’s also a removable row of big-ass diamonds along the base, for those times when you need to let people you mean business. No one knows who made it …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Mellerio Shell Tiara

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Ordered by Queen Isabel II of Spain in 1868, this tiara was a wedding present for Isabel’s oldest daughter, also (creatively) named Isabel. It features pearl and diamond shell motifs with pear-shaped pearls hanging at the center of each shell. Each shell also curls forward like a wave about to break, which I’d imagine creates some interesting sparkle if you’re …

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Tiara Tuesday: Empress Farah’s Noor-al-Ain Tiara

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Created by Harry Winston in 1958, this was made for the Shah of Iran’s second wife…whom he divorced before the tiara was finished. The only woman ever to have worn it is the Shah’s third wife, Farah Diba. You might remember the Shah’s first wife, the beautiful Princess Fawzia of Egypt and her lovely Van Cleef & Arpels tiara. After …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Lanckoronski Sapphire Tiara

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First things first – there’s something loopy in the documentation for this tiara. Look it up on Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean. They say this tiara was part of a set made by Chaumet in 1894 for Countess Leonie Potocka. Um, no. Leonie died in 1893. Pretty sure you don’t commission a tiara for someone after they’re dead. …

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Tiara Tuesday: Empress Eugenie’s Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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It was commissioned by Napoleon III as a wedding present for his bride, Eugénie de Montijo. Created by Parisian jeweler Gabriel Lemonnier in 1853, the tiara was made with 212 pearls and 1,998 tiny diamonds (totaling 63.3 carats) that already belonged to the French crown. These stones had been used in previous jewels belonging to Napoleon’s second wife (Empress Marie …

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Tiara Tuesday: Irina Youssoupov’s Wedding Tiara

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Made by Cartier in 1911, it was purchased three years later by Prince Felix Youssoupov as a wedding present for his bride, Irina (Nicholas II’s niece). This tiara is unusual because the bottom part of the kokoshnik is made of rock crystal topped with platinum and diamonds. That big diamond in the center of the top row is a nearly …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Mountbatten Tiara

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This tiara belonged to Edwina, Countess Mountbatten. Made around 1910, it features borders of channel-set diamonds in platinum with scrolls and thirteen trefoils in between. There’s a similar design in Chaumet’s archives, but the maker’s mark on the actual tiara is said to be “unclear.” It was last seen in a Cartier case, though, and Cartier did some fantastic work with …

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Tiara Tuesday: Princess Stéphanie of Belgium’s Tiara

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Made by Chaumet, this tiara belonged to Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, who married the heir to the Austrian throne in 1881. We have very little information about this tiara, but we have a crap-ton of information about Stéphanie herself, so buckle up – it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. Poor Stéphanie grew up basically ignored by her shitty parents, King …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Arabic Scroll Tiara

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This week’s tiara comes by special request from a website visitor – Kareem, this one’s for you. This tiara was created especially for Queen Rania of Jordan in 2005, at the special request of King Abdullah. Abdullah asked Yan Sicard, one of Rania’s favorite jewelers, to design and craft it with her in mind. Sicard’s firm, FRED, used 1,300 diamonds …