11 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Greville vs Dutch Ears of Wheat


Will it be the massive diamond sparkler or the delicate heirloom ears of wheat?

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The Greville Tiara vs. The Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara

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After the Queen Mother inherited this diamond honeycomb tiara from Mrs. Greville in the 1940s, it swiftly became one of her signature pieces. Today, the same is true of its current wearer, the Duchess of Cornwall, who has both the presence and the hair to carry off such a major tiara.

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The ears of wheat that make up this tiara were originally a set of eight diamond and silver brooches owned by Grand Duchess Catherine Pavlovna of Russia. They were inherited by her daughter, Queen Sophie of the Netherlands, and later set on a tiara frame. The versatile tiara has been worn as a bridal diadem by an impressive seven Dutch royal brides in recent years.