sapphire tiara

Empress Joséphine’s Sapphire and Diamond Parure, sold by Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen of Holland, to King Louis Philippe of the French in 1821.


Major Danish tiaras:

The Floral Aigrette Tiara
The Pearl Poire Tiara
The Danish Emerald Parure Tiara
The Baden Palmette Tiara
The Naasut Tiara
The Turquoise Bandeau
The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara
Mary’s Wedding Tiara
The Danish Floral Tiara
The Alexandrine Drop Tiara


Tiaras of the British Royal Family; Part 1//Part 2 

9. Lotus Flower Tiara (1923)

10. Fife Tiara (1889)

11. Queen Victoria’s Sapphire Coronet (1842)

12. George IV State Diadem (1820)

The Dutch Sapphire Tiara

The Dutch Sapphire Tiara was purchased in 1881 by King Willem III of The Netherlands for his wife, Queen Emma. This amazing tiara features 655 South African diamonds set in platinum, plus 33 gorgeous sapphires some of which are set “en tremblant”. This is one of my personal favorite royal tiaras and is frequently worn in recent times by Queen Maxima

Queen Victoria’s Sapphire Tiara has found a new home at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The Victoria & Albert Museum has announced that Queen Victoria’s Sapphire Tiara has been saved from being sold outside of the UK and will now be part of the museum’s permanent collection.  The tiara was the subject of much publicity last August when the UK’s minister of culture put a temporary export ban on it that prevented the tiara from leaving the country after it’s new buyer applied to take it out of the UK.  The hope was of course that the tiara would be purchased by a British museum like the V&A so it is very exciting to see the wishes of many fulfilled.

From their Facebook page, “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of one of Queen Victoria’s most important jewels. The stunning sapphire and diamond coronet was designed by Prince Albert in 1840, the royal couple’s wedding year. The coronet, generously gifted to the V&A by William Bollinger, will go on display as the centre-piece of the Museum’s newly-refreshed William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery in 2019, the bicentenary year of the birth of both Victoria and Albert.”

The tiara was designed for Queen Victoria by her husband, Prince Albert.  It was one of the only pieces with colored stones she wore after his death but it left the mainline of the royal family when Queen Mary gifted it to her only daughter Princess Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood.  Princess Mary’s descendants have since sold much of her jewellery including this tiara.