17 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Saleha's Diamond vs Floral Birthday


Will it be pear-shaped diamonds from Brunei or floral diamonds from Denmark?

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Queen Saleha's Diamond Tiara vs. Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara

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This incredible tiara, which belongs to Queen Saleha of Brunei, is one of the most impressive sparklers in her extensive jewelry collection. The tiara features clusters of pear-shaped diamonds, including one large pear-shaped stone as its centerpiece. In 2004, Queen Saleha wore the tiara for the wedding of her son, the Crown Prince of Brunei.

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This classic diamond floral tiara was made using a brooch that belonged to Queen Alexandrine of Denmark. In the 1960s, Queen Ingrid had the brooch supplemented with additional gemstones to form an eighteenth-birthday-gift tiara for her second daughter, Princess Benedikte. (The brooch is also still detachable.) Benedikte has worn the tiara throughout her life, and she's also loaned it to her daughters, Princess Alexandra and Princess Nathalie.