A Magnificent Tiara, circa 1875
Designed as a graduated series of pansies, each centering an old mine-cut diamond amid petals and foliage decorated with smaller old mine-cut and rose-cut diamonds, mounted in silver and gold, flowers detachable with fittings to wear as brooches and hair ornaments, with box monogrammed RB and stamped R & S Garrard & Co., Goldsmiths, Jewellers, & c. To The King, By Special Appointment To The Crown, Haymarket, London. The 14th Earl of Buchan commissioned R&S Garrard & Co. to produce this floral design tiara for his wife Rosalie, the Countess of Buchan. Dupuis Auctioneers
Queen Victoria’s fringe brooch was made in 1856 by R. & S. Garrard—it’s actually remodeled from a piece of jewelry that the Sultan of Turkey gave her that same year. Nine diamond chains hang from the 12 large brilliants surrounding the emerald-cut brilliant in the middle. No wonder the Queen Mum wore the brooch to Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.