The Mountbatten Star Tiara | A Tiara a Day-A diamond and pearl tiara given to Princess Victoria of Battenberg by her aunt Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, as a replacement for a tiara lost in Russia. It passed to Victoria's son Lord Louis Mountbatten. Photos (clockwise from top left): Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma; Penelope Knatchbull, Lady Brabourne; Penelope Knatchbull, Lady Brabourne; tiara detail; Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
For today's sapphire tiara, let's peek once more into the collection of the Edinburgh women: Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, Duchess of Edinburgh (and later Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha), and her daughters, Alexandra, Marie, Beatrice, and Victoria Melita. This is the sapphire tiara that Maria Alexandrovna passed along to Victoria Melita, who was known by the ultra-royal sobriequet "Ducky."
The Queen Alexandra Amethyst Tiara and Necklace. Danish-born Alexandra was photographed in this diamond and amethyst tiara once in 1889, while still Princess of Wales. The tiara was a gift to the princess from her brother-in-law, Tsar Alexander III. (He was married to Alexandra's sister Dagmar, known in Russia as Marie Feodorovna.) The piece featured seven large oval-shaped amethysts set in diamonds.