|Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara|
|Inspiration: Dagmar with a kokoshnik of her own, and some of her amazing jewels. The largest diamond in her necklace display is 32 carats.|
|Queen Alexandra (left), Queen Mary (right)|
In action at the state banquet for South Africa's president, 2010. Also on display in this video is my pick for #9, the South African diamond necklace and bracelet. For a glittering black and white glimpse of the kokoshnik, revisit the video in the Oriental Circlet post.It’s not the biggest tiara in the British royal collection, size-wise, and it doesn’t include the biggest individual stones – but it is a fortress of diamonds, right there on the head. For that fact, for being much blingier than QEII usually sways, for being a gift from the realm, and for pure history, this tiara owns a spot on my countdown.
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