It's a two-for-one tiara sale today! Celebrate appropriately.
The Teck Crescent Tiara
Strathmore Rose tiara), that it has passed on to the Queen.
I've always found this one rather curious. The combination of crescents and roses baffles me. (There must be some sort of deep symbolism there that I'm missing.) And I must admit I don't find it tremendously pleasing in the aesthetic sense. I do think it deserves another go, though: on a lady with the hair to pull it off (and the hairstylist to go with - an up-do would be a must!).
The Teck Circle TiaraIf that tiara isn't your style, the Teck suite has something else to offer for your consideration: the Teck Circle Necklace, which can also be worn as a tiara.
Nizam of Hyderabad set). Nevertheless, the two pieces historically went together. You can see it around the necks of Mary Adelaide and her daughter-in-law up there.
Where the set starts to break up is in the hands of the Queen Mother. She mixed the pieces with other jewels, and gave the necklace, but not the tiara, to Princess Margaret.
As a tiara, I think it's quite modern. Certainly a very different piece than the Crescent Tiara. I'd also imagine it must encircle the head completely, or nearly completely. (But of course we have so very few pictures of it worn as a tiara at all, let alone a back view.) If true, that would make it almost as difficult to wear as the Crescent Tiara.
Since this one was in Princess Margaret's hands, it's hard to say where it's at today: did it pass to her one of her children, Viscount Linley, or Lady Sarah Chatto? Or was it returned to the Queen? All we know is that it was not included in the sale of Margaret's possessions that saw many of her jewels leave royal hands.
So, what's your preference: the Crescent Tiara, or the Circle Tiara? If one of these pieces was scheduled for a reappearance, which one would you place your bets on?