Most of the Queen’s vast jewellery collection was either inherited, or presented as a gift on various occasions. The Burmese Ruby Tiara is an exception though for it is one of the few pieces that Queen Elizabeth has personally commissioned.
To create this piece the Queen used some of her wedding presents. Namely, diamonds from the dismantled Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara and the 96 rubies she had received from the people of Burma The number of rubies is actually rather significant: the Burmese believe that there are 96 diseases that can affect human body. They also credit rubies with the ability to protect their owner from sickness and ill-wishes, meaning the 96 rubies are meant to protect the Queen from all illnesses and evil of this world.