Mirror, mirror on the wall, which tiara is the fairest of them all? While there is no such thing as a bad tiara, we wanted to honor the best of the best—the shiniest, sparkliest, most eye-catching crown out there. We’ve scoured the heads of royalty worldwide (including some of the Hollywood variety) to find the most show-stopping tiaras in the modern world. Over the course of the month of March, our sixteen finalists will go head to head (literally) and you’ll be the ones to choose which will be crowned the winner.
Here’s How it Works:
- Check out every one of the gorgeous tiaras below.
- Vote for your favorites in each matchup.
- Check back next Monday to see the winners and find out who will be facing off in the final round.
Votes for Week 2 have been tallied and our score card has been updated (you can also scroll down to see the all of the prior matchups). Now we need you all to weigh in on Round 3!
VOTING ENDS MONDAY MARCH 23 AT 12 A.M. EST.
It’s hard to beat the Lover’s Knot tiara, which continues to knock all of its opponents out of the running. The intricate headpiece, produced by House of Garrard, has been passed down through generations, from Queen Mary to Queen Elizabeth, who lent it to Diana and now to Duchess Kate. The British tiara goes up against Spanish Queen Letizia’s La Buena Fleur-de-Lys. Another historic (and massive) tiara, this diamond headpiece is certainly fit for a queen.
It’s the battle of the gemstones with these two showstopper tiaras. We have the Dutch Sapphire Parure, with its six hundred diamonds and 44 carat central sapphire, facing off against Queen Elizabeth’s Vladimir Tiara, shown with large emerald gemstones and diamond loops. It’s hard to decide between emeralds and sapphires, but it’s a tough choice you’ll just have to make.
WEEK 2: VOTING COMPLETE
Winner: The Lover’s Knot
Kate Middleton’s famed Lover’s Knot Tiara knocked the Cartier Loop out of the water, taking a commanding lead. This well-known crown goes up against an underdog: the Jade Tiara. The unique yellow gold and jade headpiece is a favorite of the Queen of Bhutan, and, clearly, of our readers as well. Choose wisely—both of these crowns are hard to beat.
Winner: La Buena Fleur-de-Lys
These tiaras are two of the grandest and most opulent on our list. The aptly named La Buena (which translates roughly to “the good”), a centuries-old massive diamond tiara, is up against the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, which earned worldwide fame at Princess Eugenie’s wedding and boasts a jaw-dropping 93.7-carat emerald. Nothing is quite like either of these tiaras, but only you can decide who will win this high-end head-to-head.
Winner: Dutch Sapphire Parure
Salma Hayek and her Cartier crown showed everyone that Hollywood royalty can have iconic tiara moments too. This week, Hayek’s headpiece goes up against the Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara. This extravagant tiara could not be more different from Hayek’s elegant, delicate bandeau. The statement piece is made from more than six hundred diamonds, with the central sapphire weighing in at roughly 44 carats—talk about a showstopper.
Winner: Vladimir Tiara
There’s a reason Queen Elizabeth’s Vladimir Tiara and Crown Princess Mary’s Danish Ruby Parure have stood the test of time. The Vladimir, which dates back to the Romanov dynasty, is one of the Queen’s favorites and with its swappable stones and riveting history, we can understand why. On the other hand (or head), we have the Ruby Parure, dating back to Napoleon. The delicate diamond and ruby floral design is reminiscent of a bohemian flower crown, though elevated to the nth degree.
WEEK 1: VOTING COMPLETE
Winner: The Lover’s Knot
The Lover’s Knot Tiara is, justifiably, one of the most famous crowns in the world. A favorite of Princess Diana, this headpiece, adorned with diamonds and 19 hanging pearls, has become Kate’s go-to tiara (though technically it’s on loan from Queen Elizabeth). Squaring off against the Lover’s Knot is Queen Letizia of Spain’s Cartier Loop; a pearl, diamond, and platinum tiara that Queen Maria Christina commissioned the famed French jewelry house Cartier during the 19th century.
Winner: The Jade Tiara
Yellow gold made its comeback a few years ago and has since taken hold across the jewelry industry. It only makes sense, then, that we’ve seen a resurgence of this trendy metal in tiaras, as well. Queen Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck of Bhutan’s crown is unique for its yellow gold flourishes and the large jade stones for which it’s named. The Jade Tiara faces off against the Swedish Cameo Tiara, worn by Crown Princess Victoria. The Cameo Tiara is one of the oldest on our list, and is rumored to have been a gift from Napoleon to his wife Joséphine in the early 19th century.
Winner: La Buena Fleur-de-Lys Tiara
The bigger, the better? That seems to be the case with these standout tiaras. Camilla’s Greville Tiara, also known as the Boucheron Honeycomb, was one of the Queen Mother’s favorite crowns. Made by French jewelry house Boucheron, the crown is estimated to be worth £2-3 million. This stunner faces off against Queen Letizia’s La Buena, an astounding tiara made more than a century ago for her husband’s great-grandmother, Queen Ena. The design includes the fleur-de-lys, a symbol of the Spanish royal family.
Winner: Greville Emerald Kokoshnik
The most famous and recognizable tiaras tend to be the ones worn to royal weddings. This tough competition is between Queen Mary’s famed bandeau tiara and the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara. Both were loaned to the brides by Queen Elizabeth (in the same year, no less) and both proved perfect for their landmark weddings. The Greville had not been seen for over a century until Princess Eugenie wore the diamond, emerald, and platinum tiara to her 2018 wedding to Jack Brooksbank. The massive central emerald is a shocking 93.7 carats—talk about a statement piece. The Queen Mary’s Bandeau, which was the object of much adoration at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding, was made in 1932 and formerly belonged to the Queen Mother. This crown’s center stone is actually a brooch that features ten diamonds.
These two ladies prove that crowns are not just for Queens. Hollywood royalty have been known to sport a tiara on a red carpet, exemplified by Salma Hayek and Ruth Negga’s stunning Academy Awards choices. In 1997, Hayek topped off her simple, sparkling dress with a diamond Cartier tiara. Twenty years later, for Ruth Negga’s first Academy Awards, she accessorized a striking red Valentino gown with a ruby tiara. The Irene Neuwirth headpiece contained a jaw-dropping 146-carats of hand-selected Mozambique rubies.
Winner: Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara
Sapphires hold great meaning to the British royal family (a sapphire is the main stone in Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, which once belonged to Princess Diana). Queen Elizabeth shows off her own sapphires with the Victorian Suite of Sapphire and Diamond Set, which includes not only a tiara, but also earrings and a necklace. The Queen received the set as a wedding present from her father, George VI. Across the North Sea is Queen Maxima of the Netherlands’ Parure Tiara. The striking crown is made from more than six hundred diamonds, with the central sapphire weighing in at roughly 44 carats.
Winner: The Vladimir Tiara
Queen Elizabeth returns with yet another extraordinary crown: the Vladimir Tiara. (What can we say, it’s good to be Queen.) The stones in this tiara can be swapped in and out for versatility, but this iteration with fifteen cabochon emeralds is particularly striking. Another dramatic emerald piece belongs to the Brunei royal family. Dayangku Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pengiran Haji Bolkiah, wife of Prince Abdul Malik of Brunei, wore the diamond and emerald crown to her wedding, paired with a matching, elaborate necklace and a golden veil and gown.
Winner: Danish Ruby Parure Tiara
Bouquets are all well and good, but if you’re a princess, flowers can be made of diamonds and rubies. The Hanoverian Floral Tiara, worn here by Princess Caroline, has been a favorite among Hanoverian brides, featuring diamonds and an elaborate floral design. The crown squares off against Crown Princess Mary of Denmark’s Danish Ruby Parure Tiara, which traces its roots back to Napoleon and includes diamonds and rubies in an ivy pattern.