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Old 10-29-2009, 03:21 PM
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So true about Maxima. I wonder if because those 2 necklaces look better on an open decollete if she doesn't feel comfortable in dresses like that anymore. That necklace is truly a stunner!
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Old 10-29-2009, 03:49 PM
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While particularly the Victorian ruby & diamond wedding gift necklace (true, originally part of Mrs. Greville's collection) is quite long, there is no need for low necklines for it to be worn.
The last time the necklace was seen in public (as far as I know), during the state visit to Sweden in 1983 (!), Queen Elizabeth wore it with the high boat neckline of her silver-grey dress, and it was a good style too:
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It seems to me that she actually prefers to wear the bolder pieces instead of the delicate and intricate ones in her collection, and a look at the design of the tiaras she had made for herself unfortunately speaks for this kind of taste as well, IMHO.
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:27 PM
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I do believe that I would hate to see the Ruby tiara on a young beautiful princess, but QE can carry it out and look so regal & graceful. I guess who wears what does count. JMHO
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:34 PM
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I wish she hadn't of worn this tiara, the Aquamarine would have been a nice change.
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:26 AM
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I recall reading somewhere that the Burmese ruby tiara was created using a specific amount of rubies (that specific number is considered "lucky" or "fortunate" in Burmese culture, specifically against misfortune or illness), and was created in the design that it was as a nod to Burmese or Indian culture. I've noticed Her Majesty tends to wear it at Indian or Burmese events, as an acknowledgement of sorts to the culture. I would imagine it's also worn as a sign of respect.

Personally, I agree with most of us that it's not really the most attractive tiara she owns...she does wear rubies really well, it's a shame that it's not more becoming I do, however, commend Her Majesty for observing these little tidbits of important history and taking the time to properly acknowledge custom. She's always very conscientious about that.
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:51 AM
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Oh, I completely agree that HM is thoughtful and considerate of her guests--but I wish she'd wear the Oriental Circlet LOL
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Old 10-30-2009, 02:00 PM
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Well, she received as a wedding gift a necklace of 96 rubies set in gold 'by the people of Burma'. According to Burmese legend, there are 96 diseases which can afflict the human body, and each ruby was supposed to be a charm against an illness.
The necklace was broken up and used to create the 1973 tiara plus its matching earrings, which were not even worn on this occasion. Thus I don't know if the breaking up of the piece can be thought of as considerate... the design of the new tiara is a modified floral wreath, there's nothing particularly Indian about it.
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Old 10-30-2009, 02:31 PM
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nor attractive.....
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Old 10-30-2009, 02:44 PM
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I was quite disappointed that the Queen wore the Burmese Ruby Tiara for the latest State Banquet with India. IMO, it is the LEAST appealing tiara that HM wears. I much prefer her in The Girls of GB or the Vladimir.
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Old 10-30-2009, 03:11 PM
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Well since the Tiara is a relatively new creation and the rubies have already been separated, no stopping the next Queen from creating a new sparkler! =D
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Old 10-30-2009, 05:30 PM
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Well since the Tiara is a relatively new creation and the rubies have already been separated, no stopping the next Queen from creating a new sparkler! =D
Now, that would be nice. I'd love to see a new creation or two. I would also like to see the Rundell get trotted out as well.
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Old 10-31-2009, 02:58 PM
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It would seem that everyone would like to see some different ruby necklaces to the ones she keeps wearing... the Greville necklace is so beautiful, and a crime to keep hidden. And the Queen Mother's ruby necklace should be seen more often - she always wore it with the Oriental circlet, why can the Queen not dig this out more often.

Also - she has worn the rubies a fair bit over the past few years - not time to dig the sapphires out again? Would be a nice change wouldn't it.
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:21 PM
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And, let's not forget about the gorgeous, and I do mean gorgeous, emerald necklace of Queen Victoria's that the Queen Mother hogged for all these years; it would be nice to see this make an appearance:
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:56 PM
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During the past decade, QE II has developed the tendency to rather wear modern suites of emeralds, rubies and sapphires which have either been given to her as gifts by Middle Eastern rulers or have been made for her, instead of antique pieces in the same stones which are more beautiful and possess true historic value... quite strange.
Regarding rubies: The fact that we constantly see the 1973 flower power tiara with some inferior modern necklace added, while the Indian circlet with the historic ruby necklace was worn only once, is IMHO quite incomprehensible.
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:32 PM
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Flower power tiara! I could not agree more. In fact, I will go ahead and say that I truly dislike the tassle necklaces that she has been given--the tassle sapphires, the tassle emeralds, and this horrible, horribly two ruby thing set in yellow gold that is, in my opinion, not flattering at all. I will also go on record and say I don't like Queen Silvia's modern pieces that are similar in style. Why wear something that looks stuck in the 80's when you have timeless elegance at your disposal? I also find it exceedingly incomprehensible. I am astounded everytime that tiara and necklace trots out of the jewel box.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:12 PM
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Seems we're all agreed - leave the Dynasty pieces in the jewellery box - dig out the jewels with a bit of history. Oh if only she was reading this... sigh...
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And, let's not forget about the gorgeous, and I do mean gorgeous, emerald necklace of Queen Victoria's that the Queen Mother hogged for all these years; it would be nice to see this make an appearance:
YES PLEASE!!!!!

I only have one picture of it.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:21 PM
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You know in regard to the tiaras...I think a big part of it is the way a certain tiara sits on a certain person's head...sometimes its just the right diameter/shape/weighted just right and quickly becomes a favorite. Not wearing the other pieces, I am really at a loss to explain.
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Flower power tiara! I could not agree more. In fact, I will go ahead and say that I truly dislike the tassle necklaces that she has been given--the tassle sapphires, the tassle emeralds, and this horrible, horribly two ruby thing set in yellow gold that is, in my opinion, not flattering at all. I will also go on record and say I don't like Queen Silvia's modern pieces that are similar in style. Why wear something that looks stuck in the 80's when you have timeless elegance at your disposal? I also find it exceedingly incomprehensible. I am astounded everytime that tiara and necklace trots out of the jewel box.
I'll gladly take these pieces from the two Queens and wear them so they can wear their older elegant pieces. I'll be the sacrifice!!!
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:19 AM
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And I'll gladly volunteer to help airing those pieces from the Queens vaults which haven't seen the daylight for decades. There must be quite a number of heirlooms from Queen Mary and Queen Mum still in her possession, like the Strathmore rose tiara, the Teck crescent tiara, the Teck circle necklace which reportedly can be worn as a tiara as well… and so on and on. Oh, not to forget the fringe tiara which the Queen wore at her wedding. Did she ever wear it again after that?
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