Kent Cambridge Sapphire Parure. // TOP: Duchess of Kent wearing the parure - high profile tiara, earrings, necklace // MIDDLE: low profile Cambridge Sapphire tiara created from medallions of the necklace // LOWER : high profile tiara in necklace form.
Dutch sapphire tiara 1881 by Mellerio (designed in 1867 by Oscar Masin) iin 3 forms. 31 Kashmir sapphires and 655 brilliant cut, South African diamonds. . Some of the stones are set en temblant and the center is a brooch that once belonged to Queen Anna of the Netherlands. In 1928, the original gold frame was replaced with platinum by Van Kempen en Vos. .
The Greville Tiara (also called Boucheron or Honeycomb Tiara). At her death Dame Margaret Greville left some of her jewels to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The jewels remained in their boxes for several years as the King was unsure about accepting gifts from subjects. The Queen finally wore Mrs Greville's tiara for the first time in 1947. Later, it was altered by Cartier with the strict geometric line being broken up by the addition of diamonds on the top.
The Delhi Durbar Tiara - by Garrards, for Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar on December 12,1911. Durbar is Hindi, for a ‘ceremonial gathering to pay homage’. The gathering was to install King George V and Queen Mary as Emperor and Empress of India. King George V admired this piece and referred to it as “May’s best tiara”. It has been worn in a variety of ways as shown here.