22 August 2013

Tiara Thursday: The Wolfers Necklace Tiara

The Wolfers Necklace Tiara, in necklace form
The Wolfers Necklace Tiara is a Belgian jewel named for its Belgian maker. The piece was given to Fabiola de Mora y Aragón by people from Belgian industry to mark her 1960 marriage to King Baudouin, and includes 205 diamonds with points of three diamonds apiece set on a double diamond row. It can be worn as a small tiara, or as a necklace.
As a tiara
Fabiola used just three tiaras during her husband's reign: the Nine Provinces Tiara, her Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara, and this one. That's less than some of her queenly peers, true, but she had a tremendous amount of variety in just those three, as each one was convertible in at least one way. And the Wolfers Necklace Tiara was an important part of her collection when it came to that variety, as it not only served as an option for use when a small tiara was required, but it also served as a necklace and sometimes accompanied her two larger tiaras.
As a necklace
Since King Baudouin's death in 1993, Fabiola has restricted her jewelry usage, so we have not seen this one in some time. As with her Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara, we don't know what her plans are for the future of this piece, if we might see it continue in the Belgian royal family or if it will leave the fold. Time will tell.

Which of the tiaras worn by Fabiola is your favorite?

Photos: Corbis/dpa