The Hesse Aquamarine Tiara!
Elizabeth Feodorovna's life ended tragically at the hands of the Bolsheviks. She and Sergei never had children of their own; the aquamarine parure apparently passed to her brother Ernest Louis (or Ernst Ludwig), Grand Duke of Hesse. He passed it on to his son, Louis (Ludwig), who gave it to his cousin Princess Dorothea of Hesse as a wedding gift in 1959. Princess Dorothea sold the set at an auction in 1996, which is how we come to know of it.
This one grew on me as the voting went on, and I think it's a great complement to the more solid tiaras you've selected so far. And you can't go wrong with classic Russian design, really.
As I said, this was a close vote. Here are the runners-up:
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3. Queen Victoria Eugenia's Aquamarine Tiara. This one nearly took the lot, and I was quite surprised. I shouldn't have been, of course; the Grand Duchess Vladimir Tiara is always a favorite, and this is much the same.
4. The Hesketh Aquamarine Tiara (as seen in our voting post). A Belle Époque piece featuring large central clusters of aquamarines, this was auctioned following the death of Christian, Lady Hesketh.
5. The Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik. Another kokoshnik style, I approve. And I can't help but wonder if something like this, adapted for rectangular stones, might make a successful match to the Brazilian Aquamarine Parure.
Here's your full ultimate tiara collection, so far:
Stay tuned for the next poll!
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