Programming Note: Tomorrow is a holiday (Happy Thanksgiving!), so there will be no new post. But we won't go two weeks without a tiara feature, so enjoy this week's a day early. We'll return on Friday.
It's rare that I like a necklace tiara more in its necklace form - I'm a tiara girl, what can I say? - but I think that might be the case here. Or perhaps what I'm really after is the pendant that this piece once held...
|The Greek Pearl and Diamond Necklace Tiara, in necklace form and in detail|
|Queen Frederika using the tiara as a necklace; Princess Irene using it as a tiara|
|The sapphire; Queen Frederika using it as a pendant on this necklace|
Video, above: Queen Frederika wearing the necklace with sapphire pendantIrene was the last person (to my knowledge) to be seen using the necklace as a tiara, and it has disappeared from public view. The sapphire also disappeared, only to resurface in a Christie's auction in 2003, where it was listed as the property of a noble family and sold for $1,482,089. It is one of the largest cut sapphires in existence.
Which would you pick: Tiara form, necklace form, or take-the-sapphire-and-run form?