Editors

Tiara Faceoff: The British Royals

EditorsJul 21, 2020

Tiara Faceoff: The British Royals

Which recently wed millennial royal made the most of their “something borrowed”?

From left to right, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Eugenie on their wedding days (Images courtesy of Instagram)

As of last Friday, the last of Queen Elizabeth II’s grandchildren—the British millennial royals—was officially off the market, with Princess Beatrice marrying Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in an intimate, COVID- 19-appropriate ceremony.

Though the celebrations may have been less elaborate than her fellow royal Brits, Beatrice left absolutely nothing to be desired in the jewelry category. (And did you see the floral doorway in the official photos? Her small affair might have been more elegant than the nuptials of her rivals, er, relatives, altogether.)

You see, what one sacrifices for a lifetime of invasion of privacy due to the elitist and obsolete concept that some people are just born better than others is the opportunity to borrow a crown from the Queen of England on your wedding day—a really, really nice one.

So, which of the most famous British royal millennials won Best Tiara on the occasion of their nuptials? And why have I decided to put them in contest against one another?

Because it’s more fun that way, of course!

Embed from Getty Images

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is known for her classic, timeless aesthetic.

The Cartier Halo Tiara was just the bridal headpiece needed to elevate Kate from relentlessly hounded young woman in the press to oh yeah, our future queen!

According to royal jewelry expert Lauren Kiehna, who spoke to The Evening Standard, King George VI (Queen Elizabeth II’s father) purchased the bauble from Cartier in 1936 as a gift for his wife Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

The scroll-motif style features more than 1,000 diamonds, including 739 round brilliants and 149 baguette-cut stones.

She might opt for simple, classic fare, but I’ll give it to Kate Middleton that she kicked off a bandeau-style tiara resurgence with her 2011 headpiece, with the item reigning supreme for the rest of the decade.

Embed from Getty Images

Let’s fast-forward now to 2018—simpler times! The Duchess of Sussex’s tiara might be the least controversial thing about her.

Back before the American actress and husband Prince Harry stepped back from royal duties and moved to—where else?—Los Angeles, Meghan Markle said “I do” in the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara.

Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother, received the tiara as a gift on her wedding day.

The centerpiece is a detachable brooch, though why anyone would wear the brooch when they can wear the whole darn tiara is beyond me.

The

tiara hadn’t been seen in public for 65 years prior to Meghan Markle’s wedding day.

It feels much more modern than the Duchess of Cambridge’s Cartier tiara, so I’d give round one of this tiara faceoff to Team Sussex.

However, I must admit a lot happens in fashion in seven years, the time between the weddings of the two rivals—oh, sorry again, I meant relatives.

Let’s just leave it at, Kate walked so Meghan could run.

Embed from Getty Images

A regular person’s wedding is all about the wedding dress, but a royal’s bridal centerpiece is her tiara.

The emerald and diamond stunner Princess Eugenie wore to her 2018 wedding is the equivalent of marching down the aisle in a bright-green gown instead of white.

The Greville Tiara features a 93-carat emerald cabochon set in platinum surrounded by additional emeralds and diamonds.

Boucheron created the tiara for socialite Dame Margaret Greville in 1919. She gifted it to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in 1942, who, in turn, left it to her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

Previously, I said it was the best royal jewelry moment of the decade with its unexpected and refreshing pop of color and I stand by that, therefore Eugenie takes the Best Tiara title from Meghan Markle by just a smidge.

However, the best royal jewelry moment of this new decade (the utterly delightful 2020s!) has to go to Eugenie’s elder sister, Princess Beatrice, who wore the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara last Friday.

What is that Southern saying, the higher the hair the closer to God? I think the same applies to tiaras.

When it comes to crowns, apparently bigger is just better—bandeaus be gone!

I’ll take a guess that Beatrice might just be Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite grandchild, seeing that the Queen lent her the most statement-making tiara of the bunch, and such a sentimental one at that.

Afterall, the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara is the very tiara Queen Elizabeth II wore on her own wedding day in 1947.

The tiara is the result of a gift from Queen Victoria to Queen Mary (at the time Princess Mary of Teck) in 1893. Victoria gave Mary a diamond necklace, which in 1919 was repurposed into the exquisite headpiece it is today courtesy of the House of Garrard.

And just like that, the last royal to get hitched upstaged all the others.

Which tiara is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

Ashley Davisis the senior editor, fashion at National Jeweler, covering all things related to design, style and trends.

The Latest

Supplier BulletinAug 11, 2022
AGTA GemFair™ Denver – Back and Better Than Before!

Sponsored by AGTA

AuctionsAug 11, 2022
Sotheby’s Is Preparing its First Art Jewelry Auction This Fall

“Art as Jewelry as Art” features works from artists like Salvador Dalí, Alexander Calder, and Max Ernst.

IndependentsAug 11, 2022
Martin Katz Is Moving to a Penthouse

The jeweler is relocating his Beverly Hills store after 20 years and has begun developing a lifestyle brand.

Brought to you by
The American Mined™ Collection: Ethical Sourcing That Matters

Rio Grande provides a pathway to responsibly sourced gemstones.

MajorsAug 11, 2022
Brilliant Earth Opens First Missouri Showroom in St. Louis

It’s the company’s seventh showroom opening this year.

Weekly QuizAug 11, 2022
This Week’s Quiz
Test your knowledge of the latest jewelry news with this quick test.
Take the Quiz
Events & AwardsAug 11, 2022
HRD Antwerp Is Bringing Back Its Jewelry Design Competition

The Belgian organization is calling for entries from all over the world, with an eye on attracting emerging talent.

ColumnistsAug 10, 2022
On Data: What We Know About Jewelry Sales So Far This Year

Sherry Smith digs into year-to-date data on lab-grown vs. natural diamonds, the performance of colored gemstone jewelry, and more.

Brought to you by
Knowledge and Skills for Today’s Hot Topics

From laboratory-grown diamonds to design to country-of-origin, GIA's Alumni Collective™ has a seminar to suite your needs.

CrimeAug 10, 2022
Smash-and-Grab NY Thieves Flee with $2M in Jewels

The NYPD is still searching for the four suspects who robbed Rocco’s Jewelry in the Bronx.

Events & AwardsAug 10, 2022
JA New York Returns with New Designer Gallery

The jewelry trade show is taking place Aug. 14-16 at the Javits Center in New York City.

MajorsAug 10, 2022
GIA Is Now a Sponsor of AGS Young Titleholders

The sponsorship will help fund programs and initiatives in the upcoming year.

MajorsAug 09, 2022
Signet to Buy Blue Nile in $360M Deal

The jewelry giant said the acquisition will allow it to tap into a pool of customers who are younger, more affluent and ethnically diverse.

TechnologyAug 09, 2022
Tiffany & Co.’s CryptoPunk Pendant NFTs Are Sold Out

There were only 250 made available, selling for more than $50,000.

CollectionsAug 09, 2022
Cora Sheibani Shows a Magic Garden of Jewelry at Sotheby’s

The British-based Swiss designer’s “Pottering Around” collection is for sale at Sotheby’s East Hampton starting this week.

SourcingAug 09, 2022
Diamond Price List Introduces ‘Insights’ Platform

It provides real-time diamond market analytics.

SourcingAug 09, 2022
Grandview Klein to Donate Dialysis Machines to Namibian Clinic

The diamond firm will give the donation at a ceremony in Namibia this month during a trip for select retail jeweler partners.

CrimeAug 08, 2022
Nehal Modi Sentenced to 3-9 Years in Grand Larceny Case

He was convicted last month after falsely claiming he had a deal with Costco in order to obtain millions in diamonds from LLD Diamonds USA.

TrendsAug 08, 2022
Amanda’s Style File: Spicy Spinels

Tough, vibrant, and full of personality, spinel is a perfect birthstone for August babies, Amanda Gizzi says.

IndependentsAug 08, 2022
Gemist, NDC to Offer Custom Pieces by BIPOC Designers

Dorian Webb, one of the designers in the Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative, will be the first to work with Gemist.

MajorsAug 08, 2022
Here’s How to Support Jewelers for Children this JFC Day

The charity will hold its fifth annual fundraising day on Sept. 24.

SourcingAug 05, 2022
Rare Earth Mining Co.’s Bill Heher Dies at 72

The passionate gem lover helped bring more than 300 different varieties of stones to the gem trade.

TrendsAug 05, 2022
Piece of the Week: Storrow Jewelry’s ‘Emblem Rosa’ Charm

The brand has attracted attention for its colorful, vintage-inspired pieces.

MajorsAug 05, 2022
Former Nike Executive Joins Team at David Yurman

Marcelo Tau is the company’s new chief operations officer.

Policies & IssuesAug 05, 2022
Satta Matturi Joins RJC Board

The jewelry designer founded her eponymous brand in 2015 after nearly two decades in the diamond industry.

Supplier BulletinAug 04, 2022
Unusual Jewelry Finds Eager Buyers In Online Auctions

Sponsored by HiBid

WatchesAug 04, 2022
4 Takeaways from Chrono24’s Analysis of the Luxury Watch Market

The watch seller comments on future demand, how the crypto crash impacted Rolex and Patek Philippe pricing, the supply recovery, and more.

CollectionsAug 04, 2022
The Rest of De Beers’ 2022 High Jewelry Collection Is Here

It features fives sets of jewelry.

×

This site uses cookies to give you the best online experience. By continuing to use & browse this site, we assume you agree to our Privacy Policy