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In Defense of the Tiara – Alexandrine Diamond Drop

For our next face-off we’re going with tiaras that were gifted to the brides by their new in-laws. These can either be from the vaults, as today’s is, or newly purchased. Let’s jump in!

Not a great shot of the tiara, I know, but c’mon…that’s a fab pic!
Better? 🙂

The History

This one entered the Danish vault around the turn of the last century courtesy of Queen Alexandrine. We’re not sure of the exact provenance, some saying it was made in Paris around 1912, others saying it was Alexandrine’s own 18th birthday tiara, but there’s no solid evidence either way.

What we do know is that when Queen Alexandrine passed away in 1952 this tiara was inherited by her son, King Frederik IX. Six years later Frederik presented the tiara to Princess Margrethe as her 18th birthday tiara.

As usually happens, after King Frederik’s death and Margrethe’s accession this tiara was chosen less and less as the new Queen had access to the entire jewelry vault. But it was given new life in 1995, when Prince Joachim married Alexandra Manley. Alexandra wore this tiara on her wedding day, and for all tiara events afterward, as it was her only tiara.

The Case for the Tiara

OC: I like this piece on craftsmanship alone. In another community I had mentioned I thought it looked like water droplets on spider webs and I imagine it’s difficult to achieve that using rocks. I appreciate its symmetry.

The Handbag: I love this. No one can tell me it isn’t a beautiful, twinkly thing. I think it must be nestled in the hair, and when Alex was a princess she obliged us by doing so, often. It cannot be perched. That ruins it.

The Case against the Tiara

LiL: Not a fan. I mean, it’s okaaaay, but there are others out there that do a much better job of looking like water droplets on spider webs.

LG: It’s pretty enough, but once I read “water drops on spider webs” I was done… Any tiara described as looking like spider webs is no tiara for me. Although, Alexandra wears it extremely well.

So…what do you guys think?

What are your thoughts on the Alexandrine Diamond Drop Tiara?

In Defense of the Tiara – The Modern Fringe Tiara

Back to Sweden this week, with our featured tiara being one of the favorites of Princess Madeleine – The Modern Fringe Tiara.

Maddie is anxiously awaiting your thoughts.

The History

There’s no real history known for this one, only that Queen Silvia of Sweden began wearing it in the late 1980s. That led many to believe that it was a 10th anniversary present from King Carl Gustaf in 1986 (nicely done if so). It is usually referred to as a “private tiara,” and has actually been gifted to Maddie by her parents.

What we do know: this one is a modern take on the classic fringe, the accent diamonds that flare off the main fringe almost seem to interlock around the smaller pieces between each fringe. Added to that you’ve got some round diamonds on top of the fringes and down below on the base. This one is also a tiara/necklace convertible, and one of the few that actually makes that change quite often.

The Case for the Tiara

LG: The design is delicate, but diamond heavy. I like the similarities in the design between the larger and smaller fringe elements, as well as the diamond toppers on the larger fringes. And surprisingly for a tiara/necklace combo, this one looks good as a necklace as well.

LiL: I love it. I really do. One of my very favorite Swedish tiaras. And on Maddie? Perfection.

OC: I am here for this piece. Simply put? She’s pretty.

The Case against the Tiara

The Handbag: You know what I am going to say, right? It’s fine for a fringe that isn’t a WALL OF DIAMONDS THAT YOU WEAR ON YOUR HEAD. Actually, this isn’t a “case against” at all. Maddie looks very pretty in that photo, and the delicacy of this one is actually more pleasing to me than the Baden.

What do you think of the Modern Fringe?

In Defense of the Tiara – The Baden Fringe

Ok, it’s that time. I’ve taken on some of your favorite tiaras in this series (sorry, still don’t like the Girls…). It’s time to put my all time fave on the line – The Baden Fringe Tiara.

You knew I’d pick a photo with Big Red.

The History

This tiara traveled to Sweden in 1881 with the first Princess Victoria, a wedding present from her parents, Grand Duke Friedrich I and Grand Duchess Louise of Baden. Victoria married Crown Prince Gustaf on September 20 in Karlsruhe. The tiara is made up of 47 diamond rays, with smaller spikes in between the larger rays. As with most fringes, it is also designed to be worn as a necklace, which Victoria of Baden did on her wedding day, but the current Swedish ladies have kept it in tiara form.

The Case for the Tiara

LG: To me this is perfection. The diamond design of the fringes to look like rays of sunlight, to the smaller spikes in between filling up the negative space at the bottom of the diamond. The difference in height between the front and the back makes it fun for the Swedish hairdressers (who are amazing) to play with, and just how far it wraps around the head. It’s the first thing I think of when someone says “tiara.”

LiL: I’m going to hop on here with you, even though it’s not my favorite fringe tiara by a long shot. I said the other day that I like my fringes to be just this side of lethal, and this one has always reminded me of the faces drawn onto the airplanes during WWII. You know, with the teeth? All lethal looking? No?

The Handbag: It’s perfectly fine for a fringe that isn’t a WALL OF DIAMONDS THAT YOU WEAR ON YOUR HEAD.

The Case against the Tiara

OC: It’s too solid. It’s too angular. Nope. I can’t even pretend to like this tiara. I love it.

How do you feel about the Baden Fringe Tiara?

What do you guys think?

If you like Swedish fringes, stick around. We’ve got something fun coming up…


In Defense of the Tiara – Albanian Goat

This one should be a fun one. The Albanian Goat Tiara was last in the news with the marriage of Prince Leka to Elia Zaharia  in 2016, but it goes back decades further to Queen Geraldine. Not much is known about the history of this piece, but it is thought to have been made in the 1930s, during the family’s time in exile.

Not many families can claim to have a tiara based on livestock…can they?

The Case For the Tiara

OC: I’m into it. It is unusual (to say the least!) but also links back to the family’s history in the region. Sparkly livestock isn’t for everyone and I doubt we will ever see a piece like this again.

LiL: I like it! From a distance it looks like just another plain old floral tiara. *yawn* . But when you get up close, SURPRISE! There’s a goat on it. I’d like to see this become more of a “thing”. Goats, chickens, horses. Royals love horses. Get Anne a horse tiara, stat!

The Case Against the Tiara

The Handbag: OH COME ON IT’S A GOAT, PEOPLE. A unmistakable goat that someone has to wear on their head and pretend that they are just fine with it. You know that that beautiful woman up there just wishes that it were a kitty, a rabbit or even a lion. Instead she has to wear a GOAT. A goat of priceless splendor, but a goat.

The Case of the Indecisive

LuckeyGirl: I just don’t know with this one. I like the whimsy and the “out there”-ness of it; it’s a be-jeweled goat for goodness sake. But I think this one might be a bridge too far…

What do you guys think?

How do you feel about the Goat Tiara?


In Defense of the Tiara – The Girls

Time to up the ante a bit… The tiara up for discussion this week is one of the best known tiaras in the world: The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland, affectionately called The Girls or the GGBI.

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Most of our loyal readers know the history of this one: given to Princess Mary of Teck upon her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York, the future King George V and Queen Mary.

The tiara was a gift from…wait for it…The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland! A committee raised over £5,000 which they used to purchase this tiara from Garrard, the remainder of the funds were given to charity at the request of Mary.

The Case For the Tiara

The Handbag: I told LG that there would be howls that we were even debating this ; ). I have to say I fall down on the “I like this and I completely understand why its popular” side here. It’s delicate. It’s diamondy. It’s sentimental. It’s at once feminine and regal. It’s versatile. It’s also, probably, a bit overworn and entering tiara fatigue at this point. But that’s the worst I can say about it, and that is not bad!


The Case Against the Tiara

LiL: I don’t understand the “cult-like” adoration of this tiara. I mean, sure it’s pretty enough, but there are other, much prettier tiaras out there. I will say it is by far the best “currently used” tiara in the entire British collection, though.

LuckeyGirl: I know…it’s an unpopular opinion, but I do not like this one. Yes, it’s iconic (hello every bit of paper currency printed in the UK in the last 50 years, and the coinage…), but it’s not very pretty to me. I used to be pretty impartial to it, but once I saw a more dimensional picture of it, I was done.

Ok…how do you guys feel about it?

How do you feel about the Girls Tiara?