06 December 2013

Readers' Ultimate Tiara Collection: The End

It's been a yearlong tiara voting extravaganza, and now it's time to bring it to a close.

Inspired by multiple reader requests for features on groups and types of tiaras, you have voted in different categories throughout the year to assemble something of an "ultimate tiara collection" of your own, consisting of 20 tiaras. The categories were pulled from those reader requests, plus impressions based on famous large tiara collections and general tiara variety.

Here is your collection in full:
Diamond Fringe: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik Tiara
Big Gun: The Braganza Tiara
Aquamarine: The Hesse Aquamarine Tiara
Ruby: The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara
Emerald: The Duchess of Angoulême's Emerald Tiara
Pearl Drop and Pearl: The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara, The Ancona Tiara
Sapphire: The Dutch Sapphire Tiara
Amethyst and Turquoise: Queen Mary's Amethyst Tiara, The Persian Turquoise Tiara
Diamond Floral (Nature) Motif: The Floral Aigrette Tiara
Convertible: The Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara
 Small: The Dutch Diamond Bandeau
Diamond Other Motif and Diamond Wildcard: The Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara, The Fife Tiara
Other Material: The Cameo Tiara
Modern: The Midnight Tiara
Wildcards: The Poltimore Tiara, Queen Victoria's Emerald and Diamond Tiara, Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet
The category names above are links to each winner announcement, each post containing links to the winning tiara(s), runners up, and to the voting post for that category.

And that's it! My thanks to those that have played along in the spirit in which this was intended: for a simple bit of fun, where who wins and who doesn't isn't really the point. Now, if you've been playing along, allow me to ask:

What's in your personal ultimate collection?

Photos: Getty Images/Corbis/Sotheby's/Royal Household/Scanpix