In Defense of the Tiara – Crown Princess Mary’s Wedding Tiara

The Facts

This delicate diamond tiara was a wedding gift from Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik. It is convertible, and can be worn as a necklace. Its light and airy sparkles are a nice counterpoint to the elaborate ruby parure Mary has the use of for big occasions. Mary added the pearls in 2011, to give the tiara a bit more gravitas.

The Case for the Tiara

LiL: Its okay, but I really wish it was bigger. Even after its upgrade I wish it was bigger. Make bigger.

OC: The added pearls really fleshed out this tiara. I see this as a future-Isabella piece, rather than a future Mrs. Christian piece.

LG: I like it. It was a nice smaller option, as she also had the fabulous Ruby Parure, and I’m always in for a convertible piece.

The Case Against the Tiara

The Handbag: I am not entirely against, not at all. It’s just that I thought it was actually prettier pre-pearls. Yes, it’s beefier now, but it lost some of its delicate beauty.

Does Mary's wedding tiara tickle your fancy?

Ten Best for the Tenth Anniversary – Tiaras

Continuing our look at Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling’s wedding for their tenth anniversary, today we are tackling tiaras!

These are in no particular order, just our faves from the day.

Crown Princess Victoria and the Cameo Tiara

Starting with the star of the day, Vickan and the Cameo. This was the first time a lot of royal watchers got to see the Cameo in action, and Vickan hit it out of the park. Vickan also wore the earrings and bracelet from the Cameo Parure.

Crown Princess Máxima of the Netherlands and the Rosecut Bandeau

We all thought at the time that Max, our magpie princess, would bring out a big gun for Vickan’s wedding. Well, she didn’t, but that didn’t mean she didn’t bring out the carats. Máxima wore the Rosecut Bandeau along with a smattering of other diamonds.

Crown Princess Mary and the Ruby Tiara

Crown Princess Mary wore most of the Ruby Parure, with this being the first event with the remodeled tiara. She switched out the chandelier earrings for the ruby stud and a pearl drop.

Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands and Queen Emma’s Diamond Tiara

Princess Laurentien went for a slightly cyclops-y look with Queen Emma’s Diamond Tiara, replacing the central diamond with a ruby. She accessorized one of OC’s fave tiaras with some magnificent earrings from the Dutch vault.

Princess Letizia, Princess of Asturias and the Spanish Floral Tiara

Princess Letizia dug into the Spanish vaults and pulled out one of LIL’s fave tiaras: The Spanish Floral. She also wore her Wedding Earrings, which were a nice romantic touch.

Princess Christina of Sweden and the 6 Button Tiara

Princess Christina wore the one tiara that she rocks better than anyone else, The 6 Button Tiara. Also worn a magnificent pearl choker and small pearl brooch.

Queen Silvia of Sweden and the Braganca Tiara

As was fitting for the wedding of the heir, Queen Silvia broke out the big gun of the Swedish vaults: The Braganca Tiara. Along with the amazing tiara, she wore the Russian Pink Topaz Demi Parure.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and Queen Maud’s Diamond and Pearl Tiara

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore (for the first time) the smaller version of Maud’s Diamond and Pearl Tiara. While I wish she had worn it a touch more foreward, less headband-y, a tiara debut is always something we enjoy. She also wore another of Maud’s jewels, the brooch that was gifted to Maud from the Drapers’ Company on her wedding.

Princess Benedikte of Denmark and the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara

Princess Benedikte broke out her big gun, the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara (you know I had to get one fringe in here). Bene wore the SWB Fringe with the Diamond Fan Earrings and her portion of Queen Alexandrine’s Sautoir Necklace (both inherited from Queen Ingrid, who was originally a Swedish Princess – nice throwback Bene).

Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Turquoise Tiara

Hereditary Princess Kelly wore a tiara that is a bit divisive here: some love it, some think it should be in the dress-up box: The Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Turqouise Tiara. Part of a parure that it is thought was gifted to Princess Victoria Adelheid of Schleswig-Holstein upon her marriage to Duke Carl Eduard of SCG.

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Ascot Appreciation – Alexandra and Autumn

We’re talking about two of our favorites today – Princess Alexandra of Kent and Autumn Phillips. Both have attended Ascot for years, and usually turn up looking great.

Here are my faves and not-so-faves for these two lovely ladies.

Princess Alexandra of Kent

Favorite: While we can’t see the entirety of this outfit, from what we can see, it’s fabulous!

Not-so-favorite: Again, we can’t see all of this one, and for me, that’s ok. It’s just a bit much…

Autumn Phillips

Fave: Shockingly my fave, despite it being my least favorite color.

Not-so-favorite: Like Princess Alex above, this is just too much. Maybe if the sleeves were shorter, the neckline different, a couple of inches were chopped off…well, then it would be a different dress…

So…what do you guys think? Agree, disagree, think I’m completely nuts?


In Defense of the Tiara – Greek Emeralds

We’re taking a detour down to the Mediterranean this go around, discussing the Greek Emerald Tiara.

Yes, I picked this picture just for the necklace…

The Facts

This one goes back to Queen Olga of Greece, who brought these magnificent (and enormous) cabochon emeralds with her on her marriage to King George I in 1867. Notably, the tiara didn’t start out as a tiara; Olga wore the emeralds as separate pieces, pining them on a dress, wearing them as pendants, wearing them pinned on a kokoshnik, and so on.

Her granddaughter in law, Queen Elisabeth (born a Princess of Romania – daughter of Queen Marie), started out wearing them simply too, usually on a diamond bandeau. Eventually this kokoshnik style tiara was made, by Cartier, starring Olga’s emeralds.

The Case For the Tiara

OC: Originally, I was not a fan of this tiara because cabachons and I simply don’t get along. However, you cannot beat the color of those stones. It’s a Big Gun with color, and there aren’t many successful examples of those. I do not care for it when worn as a necklace.

The Handbag: I like it – I think it has serious presence. I am not a huge emerald fan, but these massive specimens are meant for a tiara and there they are.

The Case Against the Tiara

LiL: I’m not a fan of most emeralds to begin with and the ones from Cabochon are even worse. If I have to wear emeralds I’m going to need them faceted and sparkling in the candlelight, thank you very much. It’s also very “clunky”. No thanks.

LG: Like LIL, I’m not a fan of emeralds, so this one started off at a disadvantage. Also not every stone is suited for the cabochon shape/cut: star sapphire, ok; turquoise, maybe; rubies, sapphires and emeralds…no. Also, the design looks “heavy,” and the “E” element just puts me off.

What do you guys think?

What do you think of the Greek Emeralds?