Friday, December 9, 2011

Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made in 1957 by Garrard to accompany the aquamarine jewellery given to Queen Elizabeth II from the President and People of Brazil on the occasion of her 1953 coronation.  The large central aquamarine was originally a pendant on the Brazilian necklace.  In 1971, the tiara was adapted to include four scroll ornaments taken from a piece of jewellery given to Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor of Sao Paulo in 1968.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
Materials:  aquamarines and diamonds set in platinum

Provenance:  
  1. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
Questions:
  • Are there any pictures of the piece of jewellery given to Queen Elizabeth II in 1968 from the governor of Sao Paulo that was later incorporated into this tiara?

8 comments:

  1. I have a question. In the closeup photo of the tiara, there seem to be two straight bars running through the middle of it. Are they actually part of the tiara, or are they part of the stand that's holding the tiara up?

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    1. That's just the stand holding the tiara.

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  2. I think the two tiaras were prettier before they were combined to create this one. I dearly love aquamarines, but this tiara is just too huge and almost garish.

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    1. I agree completely. The huge aquamarines are impressive but don't work well in a tiara.

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  3. Countess of Wessex wore the tiara to the Luxembourg wedding.

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    1. Yes, she wore the Floral Aquamarine Tiara (http://tiara-mania.blogspot.com/2013/02/floral-aquamarine-tiara.html) which for a long time was thought to be broken up to create this tiara.

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  4. She wore the original "Governor of Sao Paulo" tiara, which clearly was not broken up to adapt the Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara. For years it was reported that the "Governor of Sao Paulo" did not exist in original form any longer. Thank goodness that is not true. It is a lovely tiara in its own right.

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