What an interesting post Brian. So many things we still don't know about royal jewels. That tiara has always been a strange piece. We did not see during years, and then it came back with princess Marie Chantal. And we don't know where it comes from.
Just an idea I had. Ursula mentions the gift from the tsar to princess Sophia of Prussia was "a valuable set of brilliants".
That tiara which obviously dates from the end of the XXth century, is mounted with, more or less, 15 rather large brilliants. And seeing that kind of stones on a tiara does not happen very often.
We have no idea what princess sophia of Prussia did with the brilliants given by the tsar. Maybe she simply used them to make that tiara. The other small stones are valuable, but not something a crown princess of greece would not obtain easily with dismantling old pieces of jewelry she was not using.
Just a thought but we have on one hand a set of valuable brilliants given by the tsar to a future queen of greece and on the other hand a diamond tiara with rather unusual sized brilliants belonging to the queen of Greece. She must have used those brilliants to make something.
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