04 August 2017

Readers' Favorite Tiaras, The Rematch: Place Your Final Vote

You made your nominations and the top contenders have made it through to the final round in the battle to name your favorite tiara. Now it's time to make your final selection. One tiara to rule them all!

Together, you proposed more than 200 different tiaras to vie for the top spot in our contest for your favorite tiara. (Hello to those of you that made your first comments for the occasion! I hope you'll chat with us more often.) You nominated tiaras hailing from monarchies and museums and mystery owners; you nominated tiaras we see all the time and tiaras we've never seen worn; you nominated diamond tiaras and wooden tiaras and tiaras of just about every material in between.

The field has now been narrowed to the top 25 nominated tiaras. Your task now: pick just one as your most favorite of all.

Below are your 25 nominees, in alphabetical order (by the name I've used for their tiara posts; many are known by more than one name). Place your vote in the poll at the bottom of the post. The poll will be open until noon Eastern on Tuesday, August 8th.


The Baden Fringe Tiara
Crown Princess Victoria's signature tiara offers a rich royal history and a stylish twist on the diamond fringe, one of the most classic tiara designs. See the tiara's story here.

The Braganza Tiara
Also known as the Brazilian Tiara, this diamond floral tiara is the premier tiara in the Swedish royal collection and is among those reserved for the use of Queen Silvia. See the tiara's story here.

The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara (or Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara)

The tiara made famous by Diana, Princess of Wales, and now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge was commissioned by Queen Mary as a copy of one worn by her grandmother, Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge. (We use both the Cambridge and Queen Mary names for this piece here.) See the tiara's story here.

The Cameo Tiara
The tiara best known for its use at Swedish royal weddings boasts an impressively long history and memorable materials with its cameo, pearl, and gold design. See the tiara's story here.

The Connaught Tiara
Delicate diamond garlands shape this flexible tiara in the Swedish collection, which can also be used as a necklace and can have its pendants removed for use as their own necklace or earrings. See the tiara's story here.

The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara
This ruby tiara and its impressively complete accompanying parure became signature jewels for Queen Ingrid and then for Crown Princess Mary, with each royal lady putting her own spin on the historical set. See the tiara's story here.

The Duchess of Angoulême's Emerald Tiara 
Considered a masterpiece of craftsmanship from the time of the French monarchy, this emerald and diamond tiara has remarkably survived intact from its creation to today, where it is showcased at the Louvre. See the tiara's story here. 

The Dutch Diamond Bandeau
Sometimes called the Rose Cut Diamond Bandeau (though not actually made of rose cut diamonds), this frequently worn Dutch royal tiara is both simple and staggering, being composed of nothing but a single row of giant single diamonds. See the tiara's story here.

The Dutch Sapphire Tiara
Sometimes called the Mellerio Sapphire Tiara (though not actually made by Mellerio, as it turns out), this sapphire delight experienced an exponential rise in favor when Queen Máxima chose it for King Willem-Alexander's inauguration. See the tiara's story here.

The Fife Tiara
Featuring articulated diamond pendants in a delicate diamond framework, this tiara from Princess Louise of Wales, Duchess of Fife would probably be stunning in use - if only there were more modern examples of it in use. See the tiara's story here.

The Fleur De Lys Tiara
The premier tiara in the Spanish collection is currently earning its La Buena nickname on the head of Queen Letizia, who has made this another tiara with a recent boost in popularity due to a new wearer. See the tiara's story here.

The Floral Aigrette Tiara
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This Danish tiara is a splendid example of a classic diamond floral design with a big bonus: it's three separate pieces and can be worn on or off a frame, a flexibility used to full advantage by Queen Margrethe II. See the tiara's story here. 

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
 A classic design dating back to 1893, the "Girls", or the "GGBI", or - to Queen Elizabeth II - just "granny's tiara", is the Queen's favorite and arguably one of the most iconic tiaras in the world. See the tiara's story here. 

The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara
This pearl drop tiara with intertwined diamond circles survived a daring escape from the Russian revolution to find a new home and a new emerald drop option in the collection of Queen Mary (and, today, Queen Elizabeth II). See the tiara's story here. 

The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure Tiara
One of Queen Silvia's favorite tiaras has a long history and a complete set of jewels to go with it, all featuring luscious deep blue sapphires. See the tiara's story here.

The Lotus Flower Tiara
Also known as the Papyrus Leaf Tiara, this delicate diamond and pearl tiara went from the Queen Mother to Princess Margaret and back to the Queen, who has loaned it out for a new life with the Duchess of Cambridge. See the tiara's story here.

The Modern Fringe Tiara
Another variation on the classic diamond fringe tiara from the Swedish royal collection, Princess Madeleine wears this one regularly and it is convertible from a tiara to a necklace. See the tiara's story here.

The Oriental Circlet Tiara
Designed by Prince Albert and originally made with opal centers for Queen Victoria, this ruby tiara is best known from its use by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. See the tiara's story here.

The Poltimore Tiara
The tiara may have been sold, but this huge, flexible diamond diadem will forever be associated with Princess Margaret's most fabulous moments. See the tiara's story here. 

Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara
A silver wedding gift for Queen Alexandra inspired by the popular Russian kokoshnik-style fringe diadems, this tiara is simple in pictures but comes alive like no other when seen in motion (there's a video in this post). See the tiara's story here.

Queen Josephine's Amethyst Tiara
 Also known as the Napoleonic Amethyst Tiara, this Swedish tiara is a necklace on a tiara frame, part of a parure of magnificent amethysts which was swapped around by Queen Silvia and is now worn by multiple royal family members. See the tiara's story here. 

Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara
This big gun from the Greek collection went unseen for decades - long enough to make you wonder if it was still with the family - before an amazing surprise reappearance in 2012 on the head of Princess Marie-Chantal. See the tiara's story here. 

Queen Victoria's Emerald and Diamond Tiara
Another Gothic Revival masterpiece designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria, this tiara features a stunning top row of cabochon emeralds and was immortalized in paintings by Winterhalter before disappearing into the lines of Queen Victoria's descendants. See the tiara's story here.

The Spanish Floral Tiara
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Often referred to as the Mellerio Floral Tiara, though it is another that turned out not to be by Mellerio, one of the prettiest tiaras in Spain is one of the most classic examples of a diamond floral tiara. See the tiara's story here.

The Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara
This tiara went from obscurity to adoration when Princess Madeleine started to wear it, bringing new attention to its beautiful combination of large aquamarine stones and a diamond kokoshnik design. See the tiara's story here.


And there you go, those are your nominees! Place your vote - yes, sorry, just one tiara this time! - in the poll below. (If you're reading this via email or a reader, you may need to click over.) The poll will be open until noon Eastern on Tuesday, August 8th. Choose wisely...