24 March 2020

Tiara Tournament: Cartier Indian vs Lover's Knot

Two intricate diamond and pearl sparklers face off in this match-up...

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The Cartier Indian Tiara vs. Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara

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This rather incredible tiara was originally owned by one of Queen Victoria's granddaughters, the fascinating Princess Marie Louise. It was made by Cartier in the first quarter of the twentieth century, and its name comes from the Indian-inspired design elements incorporated into the piece. Marie Louise left the diamond, sapphire, and pearl jewel to her godson, the present Duke of Gloucester, and it's still being worn today by his wife, Birgitte.

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This diamond and pearl sparkler, a replica of another famous lover's knot tiara, was commissioned by Queen Mary in 1913. It's since been worn by three more royal women: the present Queen, Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Duchess of Cambridge. It's a royal tiara that has reached icon status.

Stay tuned tomorrow morning for our next tiara tournament post!