In Defense of the Tiara – The Dutch Pearl Button

For our next face off, we’re doing some convertible tiaras. From a little convertible, like today’s to some that have more options than you can count!

Today though we are focusing on a tiara that was converted from a vault fave to a very special wedding tiara: The Dutch Pearl Button.

The original tiara

The History

It is thought that the base of the tiara once belonged to Queen Sophie, but while the design is close, it’s not exact.

The buttons of this tiara started as small brooches that also belonged to Queen Sophie.

However the pieces started life, they came together in 1967 for Princess Margriet to wear for her wedding to Pieter van Vollenhoven.

The tiara also played a part in Queen Beatrix’s inauguration.

It was worn by various members of the Royal Family, through the 80s and 90s, and the base was used to created Máxima Zorreguieta’s wedding tiara. The stars for Máxima’s tiara came from the Royal Vault; they are 10-point diamond stars brooches that once belonged to Queen Emma.

The Case for the Tiara

LG: While the original design of this piece doesn’t “wow” me, it’s a good piece for any Royal Vault: good size, pearls, diamonds, and seems to work on everyone. That said, Max’s version of this one is one of my Top 5 Wedding Tiaras (oh…there’s an idea for a post…). She looked stunning, and managed to take a very standard tiara and make it her own.

The Handbag: I love it, particularly in the star format. I like the space and airyness of it, if you can call something so laden with pearls and diamonds and design airy. It is also a great match to the two major wearers, Oma and Max. Not easy, since both are strong but different personalities.

The Case against the Tiara

OC: This is not my favorite piece in the Dutch vault. I appreciate how it can be changed around and I prefer the star version. That being said, it leaves something to be desired in overall design. Perhaps it is the size of the toppers which require spacing that isn’t appealing to me?

LiL: I don’t know. I like it with the stars, and I like it on darker hair, especially the way Princess Margriet has it styled. But it sort of all falls apart on blondes. So unless it’s earmarked for “Middle A”, I’m going to have to pass.

What are your thoughts on the Dutch Pearl Button Tiara?
Britain · Photoshops · Tiaras

What If Wednesday: Re-worked Pieces

Welcome to another post that focuses on gem swapping. Today would have been Princess Margaret’s 89th Birthday, so let’s take a look at her turquoise tiara. You can always find information about the tiara here if you need a refresher.

Here it is in its original form…

And here are some of the changes requested over the years. I’m sure no one will be surprised to hear that any of the below are preferred over the original where I’m concerned. Although as far as turquoise tiaras go, Margo’s is one of the better ones out there.

And just for fun as we close this out, the Duchess of Cambridge, sporting Margo’s tiara. And Margo’s clothes. And Margo’s body. And I think her right ear as well. LOL

So what do you think? Do any of the changes strike your fancy? My personal favorite is the sapphire one of course. Do you think Kate could do this one justice with her own body and her own ear? Let us know!


Battle of the Tiaras – Daughter-In-Law Edition

The last few weeks we’ve run down a few of the tiaras given to some royal daughters-in-law. Time to see which is your favorite!

The Alexandrine Diamond Drop Tiara

Catch up on it’s history and poll results here.

The York Diamond Tiara

Catch up on it’s history and poll results here.

The Diamond Daisy Tiara

Catch up on it’s history and poll results here.

Which tiara is your favorite?

In Defense of the Tiara – The Diamond Daisy Tiara

For our last entry in this series of “daughter in law” tiaras, we are focusing on the Diamond Daisy Tiara that Mette-Marit wore for her wedding.

The History

This tiara of daisies surrounded by scalloped circles, was made in 1910 and was given to Mette-Marit by King Harald and Queen Sonja. It is believed to have been made by Garrard.

For the 1999 movie, An Ideal Husband, Cate Blanchett either wore either this tiara or a duplicate. Since the movie was released two years prior to the wedding, it may indeed be the same tiara. As Garrard’s provides loans to movie makers, and has sold jewelry to the Norwegians in the past, it is likely the tiara came from them.

In the years after the wedding, this has become Mette-Marit’s most worn tiara, although she has worn others from the vault as well.

The Case for the Tiara

LiL: I LOVE this tiara. Would I like to see her shake it up a bit, and branch out more often? Sure. But this is so HER, that I can’t complain too much.

The Handbag: Can a tiara be low-key? If so, this is it. It is lovely. Feminine. Very MM, and will be suitable for Ingrid Alexandra when the time comes. It is so…..Norwegian. It never shouts, it whispers.

LG: I’m not usually one for smaller tiaras, but this one is gorgeous. It is perfectly suited for our Norwegian Crown Princess, and will one day suit Ingrid Alexandra as well.

The Case against the Tiara

OC: As part of MM’s reimaging campaign, this piece cannot be beat. However, this is not the tiara of a Crown Princess, but rather her daughter coming of age.

What do you think of MM's tiara?
Britain · Photoshops · Tiaras

What If Wednesday: Re-Worked Pieces

The surest way to become dead to me forever is to suggest alterations to the greatest tiara that ever tiaraed, THE FIFE. Yet people keep asking me to do it, time and time again. It’s a good thing I like you guys as much as I do.

Tinkering with perfection is never an easy thing to do, but even I have to admit that while I would never want any of this to happen, it wouldn’t be a total disaster if someone decided to MAKE A COPY (hands off the real deal) and go with some of your suggestions.

First, let us bask in its presence.

The two most requested “improvements” are to add color and/or eliminate some of the diamonds. *weeps*. So here you go.

No center stones
No center or top stones, and no top stones

What’s your opinion? Classic FIFE, or one of these other things? Let us know in the comments. And feel free to share any FIFE photos you might have if you were lucky enough to see it at KP!