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Tiara Tuesday: The Cartier Citrine Tiara

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In honor of Halloween, I picked a scary-ass orange tiara. Seriously…this tiara is frightening. I promise to pick an extra-pretty one for next week to make up for subjecting you to this one. Cartier made it for the coronation of George VI (the present queen’s father) in 1937. They were hella busy that year, making 27 tiaras for the coronation and …

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Tiara Tuesday: Leeds Cartier Tiara

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This tiara belonged to Nancy Leeds, a regular girl from Ohio who became a princess. Yes, folks, dreams really do come true. But it gets even better…because she ordered this tiara from Cartier in 1913, before marrying a prince. No one gave it to her as a wedding present and she didn’t inherit it. She bought it because she wanted …

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Tiara Tuesday: Aosta Knots and Stars Tiara

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This tiara was created for Princess Hélène of Orléans when she married the Duke of Aosta, nephew of the king of Italy. The king and queen of Italy gave her the tiara as a wedding present in 1895. Maybe this tiara helped cheer her up—after all, she’d been in love with the Duke of Clarence (Edward VII’s son, and one-time …

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Tiara Tuesday: Queen Victoria’s Strawberry Leaf Tiara

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This tiara looks a bit different today than it did when Prince Albert designed it for her (sometime prior to 1871, when she’s first documented as wearing it). Back then, the middle row of rectangular stones was actually the bottom of the tiara–and it contained rubies, not diamonds. Each of the strawberry leaves and diamond points on top also had …

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Tiara Tuesday: The Donnersmarck Tiara

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This tiara was made in about 1900, probably by the French royal jeweler Chaumet, with more than 500 carats of detachable Columbian emeralds. There’s a bit of speculation about where those emeralds came from. They were drilled and polished in India during the 17th or 18th century, and may have later belonged to Empress Eugenie, although the paper trail can’t …