This one, a favorite of mine, is one for which that hope was dashed.
On her wedding day in 1947, Queen Elizabeth II received quite the sparkly avalanche of presents. Among the spoils were a diamond tiara and matching necklace from the Nizam of Hyderabad. Made by Cartier, the design is appropriately based on English roses. Three floral brooches (one large, two small) were detachable from the tiara for use as brooches. Interestingly, the Nizam left instructions that Elizabeth was to select the presents herself.
Burmese Ruby Tiara. Honestly, I just don't get her taste in jewels sometimes. Excuse me, I need to get my tissues again.
click here for my entry on the Jewel Vault.
This post was updated February 2014.
Photos: Getty Images/Cartier/Royal Collection/Leslie Field/Corbis