Royal style: Most popular royal tiara is worth £ 400,000
The Spencer tiara worn by Princess Diana is officially the most searched for tiara on Google in the UK, receiving an average of 66,000 searches per year, according to creative resource Design Bundles. The company analyzed the average number of Google searches the British Royal Family tiaras receive to see which was the most popular.
The other elements of the tiara also come from the collection of Lady Sarah, acquired in the 1870s.
In the 1930s, jeweler Garrard was commissioned to transform the various components into what is known today as Spencer Tiara.
Before Diana, the tiara was worn by her older sisters, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, on their respective wedding day.
Victoria, Earl Spencer’s first wife, as well as Diana’s niece Lady Celia McCorquodale also wore the tiara during their wedding ceremonies.
Based on this figure, diamond expert Max Stone from jeweler Stephen Stone estimated the price of the Spencer Tiara.
He said: “Based on the sale price of a similar tiara from the Spencer family, I would estimate this piece to be around £ 400,000.
“With its incredible detailing and high quality diamonds, not to mention its popularity, this is without doubt a very valuable heirloom.”
When Diana donned the tiara in 1981, she posed it over a 153 yard tulle veil, matching her ivory silk taffeta and antique lace dress.
The impressive wedding dress also featured a 25 foot train.
At the time, the dress was valued at £ 9,000.
With its’ 80s-style puffed sleeves and ruffled neckline, the dress remains iconic today and is currently on display at Kensington Palace.
Adorned with 10,000 sequins and mother-of-pearl beads, the dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, a young British couple who worked together before their split in 1990.