After a post on Queen Mary’s jewelry innovations, it’s only fair to let all of you have another crack at re-imagining a piece of royal jewelry! If you could rework the emerald art deco tiara from the Luxembourg collection, set in platinum by Chaumet and featuring an enormous cabochon emerald stone, what changes would you make?
Time for another chance for you to play court jeweller, magpies! Today, our jewel in question is the sapphire tiara that Queen Elizabeth II acquired in the 1960s to coordinate with a demi-parure of Victorian sapphire jewels given to her by her father, King George VI. The tiara is a converted necklace; the piece once belonged to Princess Louise of Belgium, who married a Saxe-Coburg and Gotha prince.
If you had a chance to make changes to this tiara, what would you do?
It has a stellar royal provenance (a gift from a British king to a Swedish crown princess), a complicated family history, and a place in a current queen’s jewel collection, but the ruby tiara given by Edward VII to his niece, Margaret of Connaught, is rather divisive when it comes to aesthetics. If you had a chance to make changes to this tiara, what would you do? Put on your creative thinking caps and offer us some options!