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The Most Stunning Royal Tiaras And Their History

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10. The Burmese Ruby Tiara
This floral tiara was originally made in the 1970s by dismantling another tiara already in the Queen's arsenal. She dismantled the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara, which she received from Nizam, an Indian monarch, on her wedding day. According to The Court Jeweler, a royal jewelry blog, Nizam instructed Cartier to allow the then-princess to choose whatever she wanted from their collection, and he would pay for it. "Kind of like the royal equivalent of a gift card to your favorite store today, I suppose?" 

She chose the 1930's Hyderabad Tiara, but a few decades later, she had it refashioned, this time adding 96 more rubies she received as a wedding gift from the people of Burma. (Hence its new name.)