♔ The Burmese Ruby Tiara

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Burmese tiara is made out of 96 Burmese rubies which were a gift to Queen Elizabeth by the people of Burma as a coronation gift. The significance of 96 is that it's the number of diseases that the Burmese traditionally believe can affect the human body, so the rubies are meant to protect against illness. It is typically believed that the Burmese Ruby Tiara was assembled using the diamonds from the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara. The Nizam of Hyderabad was given to Elizabeth as a wedding gift. It is believed that Elizabeth dismantled the original tiara (pictured below) and used the diamonds for the new Burmese Ruby Tiara. 

Elizabeth sent the jewels to Garrard's, the court jeweler, to create a new tiara in 1973. The Queen selected the design where the rubies were arranged in the shape of the Rose of England, and surrounded by diamonds. Elizabeth wears the tiara often, often pairing it with other ruby jewels of hers. 



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