Burmese ruby tiara: The ‘exquisite’ £5million tiara has 96 rubies for the ‘queen’s protection’
The Queen has several tiaras in her extensive jewelry collection, but the one she often turns to is the Burmese Ruby Tiara. This particular tiara stands out as one of the only tiaras in the Queen’s collection to include rubies as the main theme.
When the Queen ascended the throne in 1952, she chose to let the Queen Mother keep the ruby Oriental Circlet Tiara from the royal collection.
Needing a ruby tiara, the queen had the Nizam Tiara of Hyderabad which she had received as a wedding gift dismantled and made into a new design.
The diamonds in this piece were used in addition to several rubies to create the Burmese Ruby Tiara.
The rubies in this particular tiara were given to the Queen on her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.
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As rubies come from Myanmar (formerly Burma), the tiara could be considered controversial.
Adele Narcisi, gemologist and design consultant at Queensmith, said: “Many jewellers, including Queensmith, now refuse to work with Burmese (or Burmese) rubies as they are considered conflict gems.
“This means they can be mined and sold to fund acts that violate human rights.”
Rubies were fashioned into elegant rose patterns on the tiara, and a specific number of rubies were used for symbolic purposes.
With countless gemstones, it’s no wonder the Burmese ruby tiara is valued at a staggering seven figures.
Ms Narcisi added: “The value of this striking ruby and diamond tiara is probably between £4 and £5 million, and is one of the most valuable tiaras in the Royal collection.”
The Nizam of Hyderabad necklace which the Queen also received as a wedding gift is considered to be one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the Queen’s collection.
Adorned with diamonds of various sizes and dangling pendants, the Nizam of Hyderabad necklace is valued at over £66million.