Made by Garrard & Co. in 1973 using 96 rubies that were a wedding present from the people of Burma. The Burmese people believe that 96 diseases can afflict the human body and that rubies guard the wearer against illness and evil.
The Burmese Ruby Tiara worn by Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth had this stunning tiara designed in 1973. The design is in the form of a wreath of roses, with clusters of rubies in the center of each flower, and petals made of brilliant diamonds. The 96 rubies set into the tiara were a present from the Burmese people, and represent the number of diseases that they believe can afflict the human body.
The Burmese Ruby Tiara was ordered by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. The design is in the form of a wreath of red roses and like many other pieces in the collection, made by Garrard & Co. Clusters of rubies and gold form the centre of each flower while diamonds and silver form the petals. A total of 96 diamonds are set into the tiara. Both the rubies and the diamonds came from Elizabeth’s private collection.
Aung San Suu Kyi--winner of the Nobel Prize and a Burmese advocate for peace and liberty
Later on, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, she went for another white gown, this time a white brocade dress with a white fur collar, and the famous Burmese Ruby tiara, and a diamond and ruby necklace/earring/bracelet set.. October 2008 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Myanmar (Burma) Thanakha, a unique make-up distinctive to people in Myanmar. The bark of the thanakha tree is ground into powder, mixed with water, then smeared onto faces, mainly to prevent sunburn, but also to serve as an mild astringent and cosmetic.
What Your Birthstone REALLY Means
Ruby engagement ring
The 96 rubies set into the wreath of roses on this tiara were a gift from the Burmese people. Crediting the ruby with prophylactic properties, the tiara was specially designed to protect the wearer against the 96 diseases the Burmese people believe can afflict the human body.