Tuesday, 1 March 2011

The Burmese Tiara

The Burmese Tiara

The Burmese ruby tiara was ordered to be made by Gerrard's by the Queen in 1973.
Burmese Tiara of HM Queen Elizabeth II
The design of the jewel is in the form of a wreath of roses, as the Roses of England (Lancaster and York). It is conventional yet detailed. There are clusters of rubies in the centre of each flower, and the petals are made using brilliant diamonds.
HM Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen during a state dinner in 2009.

The 96 rubies set into the tiara were a present from the Burmese people. The number of stones represent the number of diseases that the Burmese people believe can afflict the human body. They credit the ruby with prophylactic properties guarding the wearer not only against illness, but also against evil.
Contains 9g diamonds and rubies done in the shape of flowers. The diamonds were a gift from the Nizam of Hyderbad.
HM Queen Elizabeth in Burmese Ruby Tiara

The Queen wears the tiara often with her many ruby necklaces andbracelets. Since the passing of the Queen Mother, she has worn the magnificent ruby necklace, The State Rubies, left to the Crown by Queen Victoria.

HM Queen Elizabeth II

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