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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
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.