25 May 2019

Queen Victoria's Tiaras

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Yesterday, the world celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. To keep the festivities rolling, today we have a look at some of the tiaras from her remarkable jewelry collection.

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Queen Adelaide's Diamond Fringe Tiara

Victoria received this versatile diamond fringe from her aunt, Queen Adelaide, in 1837. The piece was able to be worn either as a tiara or a necklace, and Victoria is featured sporting it as a tiara in several early illustrations from her reign. The fringe remains with the main line of the royal family today, though it has been in a necklace setting since 1936.

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The Sapphire Coronet

This petite diamond and sapphire diadem was designed by Prince Albert and made by Joseph Kitching in the early 1840s. In 1842, Victoria famously wore it in a portrait by Winterhalter, and it was one of the rare pieces of jewelry with colored gemstones that she continued to wear during her widowhood. Today, the tiara is on public display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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The Strawberry Leaf Tiara

This tiara was originally a simple diamond and ruby bandeau, as pictured above in an 1855 illustration of Victoria. In 1860, it was remodeled as a strawberry leaf tiara. Victoria gave it to her daughter, Princess Beatrice, as a wedding present in 1885, and it was almost certainly later sold by one of her descendants.

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The Emerald and Diamond Tiara

Albert designed this tiara for Victoria in 1845, and she was painted in the diadem and its coordinating parure more than once. The jewels ended up with Victoria's Fife descendants, and the tiara is now on public display at Kensington Palace.

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The Oriental Circlet

This Indian-inspired tiara was designed by Albert for Victoria after the Great Exhibition and made by Garrard. The diamond sparkler was originally set with opals, which were later replaced with rubies by Queen Alexandra. The tiara is presently owned by the Queen.

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The Sunray Fringe Tiara

This teeny diamond fringe tiara was worn by Victoria late in her life. After Princess Beatrice inherited it, she combined it with a diamond bandeau to make a larger "frankentiara." The current whereabouts of the tiara are unfortunately unknown.

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The Pearl and Diamond Tiara

This sparkler was given to Victoria by the Aga Khan, and then later passed on to her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Connaught. She posed for several portraits in the tiara in the late nineteenth century, but its current status is unknown.

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The Indian Ruby, Lasque, and Pearl Tiara

This unique diadem was given to Victoria during her reign, and then later passed along to her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Albany. In 1924, King George V added it to the crown's Indian Collection, where it remains today as a stunning example of jewelry design.