Friday, December 9, 2011

Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara

Creation:  Made in 1957 by Garrard using aquamarines given to Queen Elizabeth from the President and People of Brazil on the occasion of her 1953 coronation.  In 1971 it was adapted to include four scroll ornaments taken from another smaller tiara given to Queen Elizabeth by the Governor of Sao Paulo in 1968.

Materials: aquamarines and diamonds set in platinum

Provenance:  
  1. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II

Questions:
  • Will this tiara go to the next monarch or will it be inherited by another of Queen Elizabeth's children?

7 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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  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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  5. It turns out the floral tiara was not broken up. I'm in the process of re-doing this page.

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