23 March 2021

Floral Tiara Tournament: Sirkit's Floral Bandeau vs Burmese Ruby

Two modern ruby floral tiaras are matched up in this round!

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Queen Sirikit's Ruby Floral Bandeau vs. The Burmese Ruby Tiara

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This royal tiara from Thailand, as the name suggests, is a bandeau of stylized diamond flowers. The center of the tiara features a large, blossoming element, set with a central ruby. The bandeau was one of Queen Sirikit's glittering companions during the lengthy foreign tour she undertook with King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1960.

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When Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom needed a ruby tiara in the 1970s, she had diamonds from the dismantled Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara combined with a cache of Burmese rubies to create this distinctive sparkler. The piece features bold Tudor-style roses in its design, and the Queen often pairs it with various ruby and diamond pieces from her collection.