18 March 2020

Tiara Tournament: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs Burmese Ruby

This tiara showdown brings together two diadems from the Queen's jewelry box...

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Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs. The Burmese Ruby Tiara

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This classic diamond tiara was inspired by a kokoshnik owned by Queen Alexandra's beloved sister, Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia. Later worn by Queen Mary, it's graced the Queen's head since 1953. Will the impressive, sleek wall of diamonds crush the opposition?


When the Queen needed a ruby tiara in the 1970s, she had diamonds from the dismantled Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara combined with a cache of Burmese rubies to create this distinctive sparkler. The piece features bold Tudor-style roses in its design, but it usually gets mixed reviews from tiara lovers.

Stay tuned for one more tiara showdown later today!