For many centuries, tiaras have been linked to a royal lineage. They are usually only worn during special occasions, such as a coronation or a holiday. One of the reasons they are not worn more often is because of their high value. When not being used, they are kept under heavy guard in vaults that have sophisticated security features. The Egyptians are said to have started the trend of having royalty wear a tiara as a sign of power. Egyptian hieroglyphs show kings and queens wearing elaborate headdresses. These do not resemble the tiaras that are worn by modern royalty. However, they served the same purpose. Here are the tiaras that are currently the most valuable:
1. The Tiara Of Eugenie
This particular tiara sold for an amazing 7.8 million British pounds. This is the current world record price paid for a tiara. It is set with several pearl shaped diamonds and emeralds. The history of the piece is interesting and unique. It gets its name because it was once owned by Napoleon III’s wife. Her full name was Eugenia María de Montijo de Guzmán. It was originally made for the second wife of Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck. He was one of the wealthiest men in the world during the 19th century. The tiara has 11 Colombian emeralds that are pear-shaped. It weighs in at a whopping 500 carats.
2. Thailand tiara
There is no official name for this particular tiara. However, it is legendary within the jewelry community. The price of the tiara is $4.2 million. However, it is not only the price that surprises many people about this piece. It was created by a designer in Thailand named Riwin Jirapolsek for his pet dog. The dog was of the Maltese pedigree. As the story goes, Riwin wanted the dog to feel special. If only the dog knew it was wearing the second most valuable tiara in the world. See the tiara here
3. The Emerald Queen Victoria Tiara
This piece is said to have been designed by Prince Albert, the husband of Victoria, the longest reigning queen in British history. He gave it to her as a gift. The tiara is said to be worth in the neighborhood of $2.5 million. As you might gather from its name, it is set with emeralds. It is one of the most important pieces in the legendary Crown Jewels collection worn by British royalty.
4. The Italian Tiara
This tiara resides in the collection of Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy. She is the middle daughter of Umberto II, the last king of Italy. It is set with a diamond that is eight carats and shaped like a pear. This tiara is renowned around the world for its superb craftsmanship. It is easy to understand this when you consider the fact that it is reportedly worth $2 million.
5. Princess Margaret’s Tiara
This tiara was once owned by Princess Margaret of England. She was the younger sister of Elizabeth II, the current queen of England. The history of this tiara is a bit murky. She supposedly wore it during her wedding. During some important events, she is also said to have worn it as a brooch and a necklace. It is estimated to be worth $1.7 million. This is another piece of the Crown Jewels collection, which is kept in the Tower of London when not being used. Tourists can view the Crown Jewels while touring the Tower of London.
This article was composed by Daniel Lipton, a freelance writer in the greater metro area of San Francisco. In addition to tiaras, Mr. Lipton has an interest in precious metals (such as gold and silver), expensive jewelry, historical artifacts, and Princess Cut Engagement Rings.
In 2007, Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy made the decision
to auction off, many of the pieces of jewellery she inherited from her
mother to pay a tax bill and maintain the family home in Geneva. Top lot
in the auction is a diamond tiara made by Faberge in 1895, which is
valued at between £390,000 and £600,000, but is expected to fetch up to
three times that amount. It contains rare tear-drop diamonds given by
Tsar Alexander to the Empress Josephine. Belgian-b
Princess Maria Gabriella's TiaraPrincess Letizia wore Mellerio Floral Tiara. This tiara has been made by French jewellery company, Mellerio. It's one of the newest tiaras because it was made in 1962 by Francisco Franco's orders. He gave it to Queen Sofia at her wedding day on behalf of the Spanish people.
Princess Margaret of England Wedding Tiara
The Emerald Queen Victoria Tiara
Emerald and Diamond Tiara set in platinum, German. Provenance the estate of
Hermann Goering, now in collection of the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
Late 19th Century Tiara From Christies
Diamond and ruby floral tiara, Western European, c. 1835. Floral tiaras are very
rare as they are usually broken down into separate sprays and sold as brooches.
This tiara is formed of seven floral sprays. It has been worn as a necklace at
some time in the past. A love of nature was one of the most universal and
respected sentiments in the 19th century. Naturalistic jewellery, influenced by
the Romantic movement and the revived Rococo style, developed early in the
period. Its success was due ...