In Defense of the Tiara – The Lannoy Tiara

For the last in our series of tiaras from the bride’s family, we are taking a look at the Lannoy Tiara.

The History

This tiara dates back to 1878, when it was made by Altenloh, a Belgian jeweler that created pieces which were purchased by Belgian royals and nobles. It is made up of platinum and 270 (!) diamonds, set in a scrolling, semi-natural setting. The star of the piece is the pear-shaped diamond set as the centerpiece, and platinum gilded pearls set as the outline.

This piece is most famous as the wedding tiara of Countess Stéphanie of Lannoy’s wedding tiara when she married Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg on October 20, 2012 (happy early anniversary, you two crazy kids). This tiara was also worn by Stéphanie’s sisters, and sisters-in-law for their weddings.

The only issue seems to be that this tiara is a bit light…which can lead to some interesting tiara situations.

Darn that wind…

The Case for the Tiara

The Handbag: I love this in all its twinkling dainty glory. It did seem a bit insubstantial when StephLux wore it for her wedding, but it was competing with a huge crusty Saab. I think in another setting it would make everyone swoon.

LG: It’ll never blow anyone away, but it’s quite lovely. Sometimes that’s all I need.

OC: It’s adorable, but I’d like to see it in a “regular” tiara appearance to properly judge it.

The Case against the Tiara

LiL: I feel bad about putting it in the “against” category because it’s actually very pretty. But is very tiny. And LiL doesn’t really do tiny tiaras.

What do you think of the Lannoy Tiara?

In Defense of the Tiara – The Isenburg Floral

For our next tiara in our “Bride’s Family Tiaras” we are heading to Germany for the Isenburg Floral Tiara.

The History

The Isenburg Floral was made in Paris in the 1860 and is the traditional wedding tiara of members of the Princely Family of Isenburg. Princess Sophie of Isenburg is possibly the most famous wearer, but the tiara has also been worn by her sisters, Princess Isabelle and Princess Katharina, and sister in law Sarah Lorenz.

The Case for the Tiara

LiL: I like it! It has a Mellerio floral quality to it, which I enjoy. I prefer it more laidback with a bit of hair behind it like Sophie’s wearing it, but Sarah looks lovely too.

OC: It’s a fairly substantial tiara that manages to look delicate. I’d like to see the ruckus if we have a dance off between this, the Spanish, and the Lux florals.

The Case against the Tiara

The Handbag: Limit it to brides and I am ok with it. That’s not really an “against” but more of a limitation, right?

The Case of the Meh

LG: I’m not a huge floral fan, so this doesn’t really ping major emotions or feelings from me, other than it does look good on both brides.

What are your thoughts on the Isenburg Floral

In Defense of the Tiara – The Spencer

With Beatrice’s happy news last week, I thought we’d jump back into defending some tiaras, this go around we’re doing bridal tiaras from the bride’s family. And to start this series off we’re going with the (possibly) most well known family tiara …The Spencer Tiara.

The History

One of the most famous tiaras began it’s life with Lady Sarah Spencer, daughter of the 4th Earl Spencer; she received the oldest pieces from Frances, Viscountess Montagu. Lady Sarah then passed on the center element to Lady Cynthia Hamilton upon her wedding to the future 7th Earl (Diana’s grandfather) in 1919. The final tiara came together in the 1930s when Garrard was commissioned to create four additional side pieces to complement the original center piece.

The final floral design includes stylized tulips, star shaped flowers and foliage scrolling through the tiara.

This has become the de-facto wedding tiara for the last few generations of the Spencer Family, with both of Diana’s sisters, a sister in law, and niece wearing the piece for their nuptials.

L to R: Lady Jane, Lady Sarah, Lady Diana and Victoria Lockwood

Celia McCorquodale wore the tiara in 2018, upon her marriage to George Woodhouse.

The Case for the Tiara

OC: Simply put? It’s very, very pretty.

LiL: Love. First tiara I ever saw, or at least noticed. It’s simple, gorgeous, and sparkles like mad.

The Handbag: It’s perfect for what it is and who it resides with. It’s a good all around tiara for an aristocratic family that needs a tiara to trot out for weddings and the very occasional royal event. It’s youthful enough to flatter a bridal face but versatile enough to wear with whatever you put on for a coronation or two ; ).

The Case Against the Tiara

LG: While I appreciate the historical nature of this tiara (yes historical, it was worn to one of the major weddings of the last century), and it was one of the first I remember from my early royal watching days (thanks to Diana paper dolls) it just reads a bit too twee for me. It’s lovely as a bridal tiara, but it doesn’t seem to suit much past that.

What do you think of the Spencer Tiara?

Hall of Fame: Floral Tiaras

Morning everyone! Trying a new twist on our tiara posts here, and following along with the “Hall of Fame” series The Handbag/Sudsy is working on now. We’re going to have some Hall of Fame Tiaras, starting with one that were recently featured in OC’s ROYGBIV:Florals post.

Now since I don’t have a favorite floral tiara (they’re not really my thing), I thought I’d start with LIL’s absolute fave: The Spanish Floral.

A bit of history: this tiara was gifted to Princess Sophia by General Franco for her marriage to Inante Juan Carlos. Side note: this caused a touch of controversy when it was worn by Letizia on a visit to the Netherlands in 2013. The Royal House later clarified that the tiara was originally made for Alfonso XII’s second wife, Archduchess Maria Christina. It left the family, to later be acquired by Franco from the Madrid jeweler Aldao.

So there’s our fave. If it’s yours as well, please vote for it below. If you have another floral that has your heart, please vote for it using the “Other” option. We’ll tally them up, and let you know which one wins!!

Which Floral Tiara is Hall of Fame worthy?

Battle of the Tiaras – Convertible Edition

In this latest set of Defenses we’ve seen a few of the convertible tiaras out there. Now…it’s time to pick a winner!!

The contenders are:

The Dutch Pearl Button Tiara / Dutch Star Tiara

For the history and results, click here.

The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara

For the history and results, click here.

The Musy Tiara

For the history and results, click here.

So…which wins your heart, and more importantly, your vote?

Which convertible tiara is your fave?

OT: The reader winner for Best of Victoria – Evening is…her 2010 Nobel ensemble! Runners up: Bid Red and Maddie’s Wedding. Stay tuned for the next entry, and thanks!