03 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs City of London Fringe


Our first contest is a battle of diamond fringes!

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Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs. The Kent City of London Fringe Tiara


This classic diamond tiara was inspired by a kokoshnik owned by Queen Alexandra's beloved sister, Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia. Alexandra received hers as a silver wedding present from a group of aristocratic women. Later worn by Queen Mary, it's graced the Queen's head since 1953, and has been a fixture at galas and state banquets during her reign.

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Simple and delicate, this classic tiara is a textbook example of the traditional diamond fringe design. The tiara was a wedding gift from the City of London to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent in 1934. Today, it belongs to Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and it was most recently seen on their daughter, Lady Gabriella, on her wedding day.