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November 19, 2014

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom's Gloucester Honeysuckle Tiara

Creation:  This tiara was made in 1914 by E. Wolff & Co. for Garrard using diamonds from the dismantled County of Surrey Tiara and left over diamonds from the Ladies of England Tiara.  The center of the tiara was made to use the Cullinan V, a sapphire and diamond brooch, and a pink topaz and diamond brooch interchangeably.  Queen Mary later had the center of the tiara lowered and new diamond honeysuckle made to use in place of the other three stones.  When Queen Mary gave the tiara to Princess Alice, she only gave her the diamond honeysuckle center but Princess Alice later inherited the pink topaz brooch and acquired a cabochon emerald central piece.
Queen Mary
Duchess Birgitte
Materials:  diamonds with an interchangeable emerald or pink topaz
Princess Alice
Queen Mary
Princess Alice
Provenance:
  1. Queen Mary of the United Kingdom
  2. Princess Alice, Duchess of Goucester; from her mother-in-law on the occasion of her 1935 marriage to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester and she later inherited the pink topaz center stone in 1953
  3. Duchess Brigitte of Gloucester; from her mother-in-law
Duchess Birgitte
Duchess Birgitte
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Photos:  Munn/The Royal Collection

1 comment :

  1. This is such an elegant and harmonious tiara. I think it's one of those rare ones that don't need elaborate "tiara hair" to look good. This is a happy circumstance since both Princess Alice and Duchess Birgitte have short hair. I especially like it with the honeysuckle element. Lovely!

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