31 December 2017

The Best Royal Jewels of 2017: #2 (Victorian Tiaras on Display)

Victoria and Albert Museum

Is there anything better than a surprise reappearance from a tiara feared lost? Soon, you'll be able to visit two of them in London -- and maybe a third, too...

#2: Victorian Tiaras on Display

After it was nearly sold to a foreign buyer, we learned in August that Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet has been gifted to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where it will go on display in their newly-refurbished jewelry galleries in 2019.

Arts Council England/Sotheby's

An even bigger surprise came recently, with the news that the Fife Tiara has been acquired by the British government. As part of the condition of the acquisition, the tiara will go on display to the public at Kensington Palace.

And on Christmas Day, Historic Royal Palaces teased that yet another important piece, Queen Victoria's Emerald and Diamond Tiara, will also perhaps go on display at Kensington Palace! They tweeted a photo from ITV's Victoria showing Jenna Coleman wearing a replica of the tiara, adding, "Queen Victoria’s beautiful emerald and diamond tiara was designed by Albert in 1845 – the only consort in the history of jewels to have designed a piece for his Queen. See this stunning tiara on display at #KensingtonPalace in Spring 2018." (The Albert design bit isn't really accurate, of course, but watch this space for more news...)