The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara

Continuing our featuring of Aquamarine Tiaras in honour of March, here’s a beautiful piece that has most recently been worn by HRH Princess Anne The Princess Royal – The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara!

These interesting posts on aquamarine royal jewels are written by guest poster Sarah Taylor. Thank you, Sarah! Here we go…

The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara

The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara was commissioned by HM King George VI from Cartier as a wedding anniversary gift for his wife HM Queen Elizabeth. It is also known as Princess Anne’s Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara, or HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Cartier Aquamarine Tiara. This tiara is composed of aquamarines and diamonds arranged in a pine cone motif (hence the ‘pine flower’ designation), interspersed with large upright rectangular aquamarines and smaller diamonds.

Here is HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wearing the Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara.

It does not seem to have been a favourite tiara of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and the next recorded wearing of it we have is when it was passed along to her granddaughter, HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.

Here’s Princess Anne wearing it on a tour of Australia in 1974. Doesn’t it look colourful and festive on her?

A formal portrait:

Princess Anne had the tiara shortened at some point, and the large central aquamarine made into a pendant, which she seems to have also worn as a brooch. You can see the difference between the original tiara on the left, and the altered tiara on the right in the central stone – the altered tiara has a single large rectangular aquamarine as its centerpiece.

It looks like Princess Anne is wearing the detached central aquamarine cluster as a brooch in this photograph. What do you think?

This is the second of our aquamarine tiara posts (first up was Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips). Up next in aquamarine tiaras, something completely different – from the Netherlands – Queen Juliana’s Aquamarine Tiara and Parure.

5 Replies to “The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara”

  1. I do like tiaras, but I’m not a big fan of this one. I think the rectangular aquamarines, with their squared corners, do not complement the rounded pine cone/pine flower shapes. I think oval aquamarines might have been a better choice – nevertheless, on a younger Princess Anne, the tiara looks fine.

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