The Vladimir Tiara, Russia, c.1890 Made for Grand Duchess Vladimir, aunt of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the tiara was smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution by a British diplomat. In 1921 it was sold by the Grand Duchess’s daughter, Princess Nicholas of Greece, to Queen Mary, who adapted the tiara to take fifteen of the celebrated Cambridge emeralds as an alternative to the original pearls. The tiara was inherited by The Queen from her grandmother Queen Mary in 1953.

The Vladimir Tiara, Russia, c.1890 Made for Grand Duchess Vladimir, aunt of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, the tiara was smuggled out of Russia during the Revolution by a British diplomat. In 1921 it was sold by the Grand Duchess’s daughter, Princess Nicholas of Greece, to Queen Mary, who adapted the tiara to take fifteen of the celebrated Cambridge emeralds as an alternative to the original pearls. The tiara was inherited by The Queen from her grandmother Queen Mary in 1953.

With wealth beyond most people's wildest imaginations, the royalty are lucky to own some of the world's most beautiful jewelry and head wear, including stunning tiaras. These are the 10 greatest sapphire and diamond tiaras of all time.

The 10 Most Incredible Sapphire Tiaras of All Time

With wealth beyond most people's wildest imaginations, the royalty are lucky to own some of the world's most beautiful jewelry and head wear, including stunning tiaras. These are the 10 greatest sapphire and diamond tiaras of all time.

THE DUCHESS OF TECK  Not often seen in public since the 1940s, the tiara's rose centerpiece also features diamond-set ears of wheat and crescents fashioned in gold and silver.

Kate Middleton: Princess Tiaras

THE DUCHESS OF TECK Not often seen in public since the 1940s, the tiara's rose centerpiece also features diamond-set ears of wheat and crescents fashioned in gold and silver.

A double image of the Vlad tiara with both pearls and emeralds, and the new Queen Elizabeth started to wear her grandmother's tiara when she went to see the Royal Film Performance of 'Beau Brummel' in 1954. My thanks to 'The Court Jeweller' for the info..

A double image of the Vlad tiara with both pearls and emeralds, and the new Queen Elizabeth started to wear her grandmother's tiara when she went to see the Royal Film Performance of 'Beau Brummel' in 1954. My thanks to 'The Court Jeweller' for the info..

The Teck Crescent Tiara came into the British royal family by way of Queen Mary's mother, Princess Mary Adelaide, the Duchess of Teck.

The Teck Crescent Tiara came into the British royal family by way of Queen Mary's mother, Princess Mary Adelaide, the Duchess of Teck.

Great Star of Africa in the royal scepter of the British Crown Jewels. It is one of the largest polished diamonds in the world.

Great Star of Africa in the royal scepter of the British Crown Jewels. It is one of the largest polished diamonds in the world.

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