04 January 2021

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs Belgian Scroll

It's time for our first tiara match-up of round three!

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Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs. The Belgian Scroll 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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This lovely, classic diamond tiara was a wedding gift to Princess Josephine-Charlotte of Belgium on her marriage to the future Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg in 1953. The tiara was given to her by the Société Générale, a French bank. She wore the sparkler on her wedding day, and it's been a key part of the family's jewelry collection ever since. In 2009, it narrowly escaped the auction block, but today, it's worn regularly by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa.