Today marks the 99th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Farida of Egypt, who was born on this day in 1921. Throughout her ten-year tenure as the Egyptian Queen Consort, Queen Farida frequently wore her magnificent Diamond Peacock Tiara, which we are featuring today!
A magnificent Art Deco Diamond Tiara featuring a stylized peacock motif, the Tiara was reported to be a wedding gift from Dowager Queen Nazli when Queen Farida married King Farouk of Egypt in 1938, notably wearing the Diamond Peacock Tiara on her Wedding Day and also for her early official portraits. While the maker is unknown, the Tiara dates around the same time as Princess Fawzia’s Van Cleef & Arpels Tiara and Queen Nazli’s Van Cleef & Arpels Diamond Necklace, so Van Cleef & Arpels is a possible creator, as is Boucheron, where Queen Farida’s magnificent Diamond Necklace was from.
Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone visited Egypt in the late 1930s and described meeting the “little Queen, who was very sweet and gay. She was dressed in semi-evening with lots of diamonds of which she was very proud.” The Diamond Peacock Tiara was one of Queen Farida’s most worn jewels in her 10-year tenure as Queen, often worn for Portraits and Banquets. After her divorce in 1948, the Tiara disappeared from public view, and since she wore smaller Tiaras in Greece in 1964, and at the Wedding of King Leka of Albania in 1975, it seems the Diamond Peacock Tiara returned to the Royal Vaults, but is not among the jewels on display at the Royal Jewelry Museum in Alexandria, so the fate of the magnificent jewel remains uncertain.