06 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Mary's Fringe vs Art Deco Bandeau


Which geometric diamond sparkler is your favorite?

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Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara vs. Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau

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Queen Mary commissioned this classic diamond fringe tiara in 1919 as an alternative to the older and more unwieldy Queen Adelaide Fringe. The new fringe tiara later became a favorite of the Queen Mother, who loaned it to a pair of royal brides: Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 and Princess Anne in 1973. In 2020, it was used as a bridal tiara again by the Queen's granddaughter, Princess Beatrice of York.

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This petite-but-powerful bandeau features diamonds set in a zig-zag patterned, punctuated by round brilliants and crossed by a diamond laurel wreath. The convertible tiara was first worn by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium and later given to Queen Paola. She's loaned it to two family brides: Queen Mathilde in 1999, and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein in 2014.