Originally Posted by poppy7
A lot of them don't really. Most are a result of Queen Mary and her itchy fingers convincing people to give them to her. As was the case with the one Eugenie wore. In fact nearly all of them have something to do with Queen Mary.
So this comment really intrigued me and I couldn't find a more appropriate thread than this one, so if there is do please move it.
Where do the BRF (Main Branch, no kents or gloucesters) tiara's come from? The Court Jeweller website/Ella Kay has been most helpful in information.
Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara: Commissioned from Cartier by King George VI as an anniversary present for QEQM.
Belgian Sapphire Tiara: Elizabeth II purchased the sapphires for this tiara from an auction, where the piece of jewellery had previously been owned by Princess Louise of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (born of Belgium).
Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara: Elizabeth II had it made by Garrard in 1957.
Burmese Ruby Tiara: Elizabeth II had it made by Garrard in 1973 with diamonds from the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara and rubies that were a wedding gift. The Nizam Tiara was made for QEII and was a wedding gift made by Cartier in 1947 from the Nizam of Hyderabad.
Cartier Bracelet Bandeau: Worn by QEQM, made by Cartier in 1920s purchased by King George VI for QEQM.
Cartier Halo Scroll: Anniversary gift from King George VI to QEQM made by Cartier in 1936.
The Delhi Durbar: Made by Garrard in 1911 for Queen Mary and contains parts of the dismantled Boucheron Loop Tiara.
George IV Diadem: Made by Rundell, Bridge, and Rundell in 1820 for the coronation of King George IV. Inherited by Queen Adelaide upon Georges death and worn by Queen Regnants & Consorts ever since.
Girls of Great Britain Tiara: Presented to Queen Mary of Teck as a wedding present from a committee of women led by Lady Eva Greville. Designed by Garrard.
The Greville Tiara: Received into the BRF in 1942 when Mrs Greville bequeathed her entire collection to QEQM. It was made by Boucheron in 1912.
The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik: As above but this one was made in 1919.
The Lotus Flower Tiara: QEQM had it made from a necklace King George had given her as a wedding gift, Garrard who had made the original reset the stones into the tiara format.
The Oriental Circlet: Tiara originally made for Queen Victoria, designed by Prince Albert and made by Garrard using Hanoverian diamonds in 1853. It was altered from Opals to Rubies by Queen Alexandra.
The Persian Turquoise Tiara: Queen Mary purchased this tiara from Garrard, King George V gave it to the then Duchess of York future QEQM.
The Poltimore: Made by Garrard in 1870 for Lady Poltimore and purchased by Princess Margaret.
Princess Andrews Meander Tiara: Belonging originally to Prince Philip's mother Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark. It was given to the then Princess Elizabeth as a wedding present upon her marriage to Prince Philip.
Princess Anne's Festoon Tiara: Given to Anne from the World-Wide Shipping company after christening one of their ships.
Queen Adelaide's Diamond Fringe: Made for Queen Adelaide, the wife of King William IV, by from Rundell and Bridge in 1831. It was originally a necklace that Queen Victoria had mounted on a tiara frame.
Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik: Made for Queen Alexandra by Garrard in 1888, it was commissioned as a gift by the Ladies of Society.
Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau: Made in 1932 by Garrard for Queen Mary and designed to accommodate the central brooch, which was one of Queen Mary's wedding gifts and dates to 1893.
Queen Mary's Diamond Lozenge Tiara: Acquired sometime before 1935, the maker and provence is unknown.
Queen Mary's Lovers Knot: Made in 1913 by Garrard for Queen Mary as a copy of another family tiara, the Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara.
Queen Mary's Russian (Sapphire) Bandeau: Purchased by Mary in an auction in 1921, possibly to have once been the property of Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia.
The Strathmore Rose Tiara: Given to the then Duchess of York by her parents the Earl and Countess of Strathmore bought from Catchpole and Williams.
The Teck Crescent Tiara: Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge created the tiara from jewels bequeathed to her by Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester. In 1930s it made its way to Queen Mary who brought it to the British Vaults, it was worn once by QEQM and hasn't been seen since.
The Teck Hoop Necklace Tiara: Has the same provenance as the Teck Crescent, but was given to Princess Margaret and now resides with the current Earl of Snowden.
The Vladimir Tiara: Made for Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, it was inherited by Princess Nicholas of Greece and Denmark who sold several of Maria's jewels and Queen Mary bought a substantial amount including the Vladimir. It was adjusted in 1924, and rebuilt by Garrard in 1988.
The Wessex Aquamarine Tiara: Made for the current Countess of Wessex by Collins & Son and first worn in 2005.
The Wessex Wedding Tiara: The provenance of the tiara is unclear, but it's supposedly made from elements of a Regal Circlet belonging to Queen Victoria and perhaps a new tiara mount shape.
So ultimately we have the following breakdown of how the main branch of the BRF got their tiaras:
Queen Mary of Teck purchased/made: 5
Given to Queen Mary as gifts: 4
Queen Elizabeth II purchased/made: 3
Given to QEII as gifts: 2
Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother purchased/made: 1
Given to QEQM as gifts: 6
Princess Anne & Countess of Wessex: 3
- Queen Victoria: 1
- Queen Adelaide: 2
- Princess Margaret: 1
- Queen Alexandra: 1
I appreciate at least The Poltimore is no longer in the main branch of the BRF, but you get my point.