|The Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)|
The convertible tiara/necklace, which was made by Boucheron, was given to Margaret by her new husband's grandmother, Queen Sofia of Sweden. The piece may have been a stock item in Boucheron's collection rather than a specific commission by the queen, as another nearly identical necklace by Boucheron was auctioned at Christie's in 2010. (Boucheron has also released archive photos of a similar piece -- that's the image pictured above.) That necklace differs from Margaret's in only one aspect: Margaret's appears to have one additional diamond suspended from the center of the necklace, something that the auctioned necklace lacks. (This additional diamond drop is also visible when the piece is worn as a tiara.) Christie's notes that the auctioned necklace was made in the late nineteenth century, which could certainly also be true for Margaret's necklace -- she received hers in 1905. The auctioned necklace is also listed as a "necklace-tiara," which suggests that both pieces were intended to be convertible from the start.
|Crown Princess Margareta wears the necklace (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)|
|Princess Lilian wears the tiara in 2003 (Photo: SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)|
|Princess Lilian wears the tiara in 2006 (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)|
|Princess Lilian wears the tiara in 2006 (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)|
|Photo: SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images|
|Crown Princess Victoria wears the tiara (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)|
Note: This is an updated version of an earlier post, with new text/images.