19 March 2020

Tiara Tournament: Princess Andrew's Meander vs Brazilian Aquamarine

This match-up pits a classic family heirloom against a midcentury modern sparkler...

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Princess Andrew's Meander Bandeau vs. The Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara

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This tiara's meander motif was perfect for its original owner, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. She gave it to her daughter-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, as a wedding gift, and she subsequently passed it along to Princess Anne. It's a perfectly balanced and wearable tiara for a modern princess.


This dynamic diadem features aquamarines given to the Queen by the people of Brazil. They're incorporated into an imposing parure, including this tall, intricate tiara. Can sheer size triumph over sparkling sleekness in this match-up?

We've got one more game on the schedule for today -- stay tuned!