Of all the perks of royal life, having access to the crown jewels would have to be one of the most thrilling.
The British monarchy owns an array of pieces — from diamond tiaras and necklaces to magnificent crowns — that are as historic and storied as they are show-stopping.
As you can guess, they’re also worth an absolute motza.
Just in case, you know, you casually have a few mil lying around…
Here are their top five:
1. The Oriental circlet tiara: $10.7 million
Yep, this ruby diadem is said to be worth a staggering $10.7 million.
The Oriental circlet tiara was originally designed for Queen Victoria by her husband Prince Albert, and created by royal jeweller Garrard. The lotus flower and Moghul arch motifs were inspired by Indian jewels Albert had viewed at an exhibition.
Victoria’s daughter-in-law Queen Alexandra was next to wear the tiara; she replaced the opals used as centre stones in the original design with Burmese rubies from the royal collection.
The headpiece became a favourite of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who regularly wore it even after her daughter had been crowned queen. Her Majesty has only been photographed wearing the tiara once, at a banquet in Malta in 2005.
2. Queen Mary’s fringe tiara: $8.9 million
This tiara will be familiar even to casual observers of the royal family.
Queen Mary’s fringe tiara, worth upwards of $8.9mil, was made using a necklace Queen Victoria had given Queen Mary on her wedding day.
Also known as Queen Mary’s Russian Fringe tiara, it was created by Garrard and Co. in 1919, featuring 47 diamond bars and smaller diamond spikes.
Princess Elizabeth wore the headpiece for her 1947 wedding to Prince Philip. It was famously broken by her hairdresser hours before the event, with the royal jewellers rushing to repair the tiara ahead of the ceremony.
Seventy-three years later, Princess Beatrice followed in her grandmother’s footsteps, weraring the tiara to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2020.
3. Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau: $3.5 million
It may be named for Queen Mary, but this Art Deco-style bandeau is now perhaps best known as Meghan Markle’s wedding tiara.
The tiara was made in 1932 to accommodate a diamond and platinum brooch given to Queen Mary as a wedding gift in 1893. The brooch, crafted with 10 brilliant diamonds, sits at the centre of the bandeau, which features interlaced ovals and pavé diamonds.
WATCH: Let’s take a look back on Harry and Meghan’s wedding — and see that stunning tiara in action. (Post continues.)
The Duchess of Sussex chose the tiara from the royal collection, the Queen inviting her to view some options at Buckingham Palace.
“I was very fortunate to be able to choose this gorgeous Art Deco style bandeau tiara,” Meghan explained in the audio guide of a Windsor Castle exhibition about the wedding.
4. Queen Alexandra’s wedding necklace: $530,000
This piece, a gift to Princess Alexandra of Denmark for her wedding to Edward VIII in 1863, was part of a parure (i.e. a jewellery set) the future king commissioned for his bride from Garrard.
The parure included a coronet, tiara, necklace, brooch and earrings. The tiara has since disappeared.
The striking diamond and pearl necklace was later worn by the Queen Mother at Princess Elizabeth’s wedding in 1947, and at various other celebrations over the years.
Modern royal fans will recognise it from a state dinner in Buckingham Palace in 2018, where it was worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Though the necklace belongs to the Queen, she hasn’t been photographed wearing it publicly.
5. Queen Mary’s choker bracelet: $440,000
This glittering piece was originally designed as a diamond bar choker, but following Queen Mary’s death royals began wearing it as a bracelet.
However, the Queen Mother began the trend of royals wearing it as a bracelet at her 75th birthday. It’s since been spotted on Kate’s wrist at special occasions.
— to honey.nine.com.au