Will the sparkling floral diamonds from Japan or Britain win this round?
The Imperial Chrysanthemum Tiara vs. The Poltimore Tiara
The Imperial Chrysanthemum Tiara
This all-diamond tiara features one of the most important symbols of the Japanese imperial family: the chrysanthemum flower. The piece was a favorite of Michiko’s mother-in-law, Empress Nagako, who wore it on Akihito and Michiko’s wedding day in 1959. Michiko has often chosen this piece for banquets. She also wore the tiara on the wedding day of her younger son, Crown Prince Fumihito, in 1990.
The Poltimore Tiara
This towering floral tiara was made by Garrard for Lady Poltimore in the 1870s. Princess Margaret bought it at an auction in 1959, and it became iconic when she wore it the following year at her royal wedding. After her death, her children sold the jewel at Christie’s, where it fetched $1.7 million at auction.