09 February 2019

Queen Sirikit's Ruby Floral Bandeau

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Queen Sirikit of Thailand is the owner of a truly incredible collection of jewels. Today, we're taking a closer look at one of her more modern pieces: her ruby floral bandeau.


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The tiara, as the name suggests, is a bandeau of stylized diamond flowers. The center of the tiara features a large, blossoming element, set with a central ruby. Many sources suggest that this central stone is interchangeable, which would certainly make sense design-wise.


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The bandeau was one of Sirikit's glittering companions during the lengthy foreign tour she undertook with King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1960. Above, she wears the tiara with a black lace veil and pearls for an audience with Pope John XXIII at the Vatican.


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In Belgium, she wore the tiara for a grand state banquet hosted by King Baudouin, who had recently announced his engagement to Fabiola de Mora y Aragon.


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Here's a closer look at Sirikit's fantastic jewels and gown for the banquet. She paired the tiara with diamond earrings and a diamond riviere with a glittering pendant. An elaborate brooch with an avian theme secured her sash, and she stacked a pair of diamond bracelets on her right wrist.


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She also wore the tiara for a gala concert in the Netherlands. You'll actually spot two tiaras in this photograph: Sirikit wore the bandeau on her head and the grand Thai Fringe Tiara as a necklace.