25 February 2021

Amazing Amethyst Tiaras

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As February draws to a close, I thought it would be the perfect moment for a survey of some of the royal and noble tiaras set with lovely amethysts. Enjoy!




Queen Mary of the United Kingdom had a set of amethysts that included a kokoshnik-style tiara, but the jewels were sold by the British royals after Mary's death.


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Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom also had amethyst jewels that were nothing to sneeze at, including a convertible tiara that could be worn with either sapphires or amethysts. The jewels were inherited by her granddaughter, Maud, and later were sold by her descendants.


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The Dukes of Bedford own a magnificent amethyst tiara and coordinating parure, named for their subsidary title, the Tavistock marquessate. The set remains with the family today.


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The royal family of Sweden owns an astonishing parure of Napoleonic-era amethyst jewels, including a tiara that was converted from a grand necklace.


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There's also another amethyst parure in the extended Bernadotte family. This convertible amethyst tiara belongs to Countess Marianne Bernadotte af Wisborg, aunt of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.


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The Norwegian royal family owns a parure of amethyst jewels, too. This modern set features a convertible tiara/necklace, as well as several other coordinating pieces.


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The grand ducal vaults in Luxembourg contain a pair of amethyst tiaras. The Luxembourg Amethyst Tiara features rectangular amethysts interspersed with gold elements.


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The family's second amethyst tiara, the Luxembourg Amethyst Bandeau, features lovely oval-shaped amethysts. It's part of a coordinating suite of amethyst jewels.