Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara

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Queen Mary’s Fringe Tiara is “formed from 47 graduated brilliant- and rose-set tapering bars, divided by 46 narrow spikes, set lozenge-fashion with nine graduated brilliants at the centre, diminishing to five at either side; de-mountable for use as a necklace.”1

The Fringe Tiara was made in 1919 for Queen Mary in the then-fashionable Russian kokoshnik style by Garrard. The diamonds came from a tiara/necklace, which had been purchased by Queen Victoria in 1893 as a wedding present for Mary and which she wore on her wedding day.

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This design was very popular, and several members of the royal family had tiaras in a similar style. In 1936, Queen Mary gave the tiara to the future Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who subsequently loaned it to the future Queen Elizabeth II for her wedding day in 1947.

queen mary's fringe tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II inherited the tiara upon the death of her mother in 2002.

  1. The Queen’s Diamonds by Hugh Roberts p.188

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