Queen Sirikit of Thailand had been the Queen Consort of King Bhumibol Adulyadej for 66 years before his death earlier this week. Her Van Cleef & Arpels Thai Tiara was a frequent choice for the many glittering occasions during her tenure as Queen of Thailand.
Made by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1960 of white and yellow diamonds in a traditional Thai style, a book on Van Cleef and Arpels relates that when Queen Sirikit had her Thai style tiara made the large yellow diamonds in the centre were not sent to Paris for setting. Instead zircons of the exact size were forwarded to enable the mounting to be made precisely. Presumably, the large large yellow diamonds were set in Thailand. The yellow diamond and floral motif can be removed from the frame, to be worn as a bandeau, necklace, or bracelet.
Queen Sirikit frequently wore her Van Cleef & Arpels Thai Tiara during the 1960s and 70s for ceremonial occasions, State Visits, and official portraits. For some reason, she hasn’t been pictured wearing the tiara since the 1970s, though she has lent it to relatives.
Another wearer of Queen Sirikit’s Van Cleef & Arpels Thai Tiara was Princess Bejaratana, a cousin of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who wore the piece for an official portrait.
Queen Sirikit also lent the Van Cleef & Arpels Thai Tiara to her former daughter-in-law (and niece), Princess Soamsawali for an event.
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