Oberon’s coronation jewels display an inordinate fondness for rubies. Amber’s crown jewels contain seven great rubies, collectively known as the Tears of the Unicorn. Most of the regalia are only used on very formal state occasions. Only the signet ring is worn on a day-to-day basis.
In addition to the king’s regalia, there are five queen’s crowns. Each one was made for one of Oberon’s five wives. They are rarely seen today.
|The royal crown is adorned with 4936 diamonds arranged in splendid patterns across the entire surface of the crown. Bordering the edges of the “mitre” are a number of fine, large white pearls. The top is decorated with one of the seven great rubies of Amber — an enormous stone weighing almost 400 carats.|
|The sceptre includes the largest of Amber’s rubies, weighing in at over 530 carats.|
|The sovereign’s signet ring is set with a large star ruby, the only one of the Tears of the Unicorn that is not a clear stone. An intricate locking mechanism hides a small seal which is used to identify official correspondence from the monarch.|
|The necklace contains four of the Tears of the Unicorn, the largest one an unfaceted, 361-carat polished stone.|
|Cymnea’s crown makes the later queen’s crowns look gaudy. It is made of pearls, intricately carved cameos, and fine goldwork.|
|Queen Faiella’s coronation crown includes more than 500 brilliant diamonds in a stylised interpretation of a wave pattern, the “waves” topped with 18 upright drop pearls. This watery theme was a tribute to the mighty Oisin, the river which her family drew their power from.|
Queen Clarissa’s crown of emeralds and diamonds is based on a highly symmetrical design, consisting of a square, rhomboids and palmettes on the upper side of the tiara, rosettes in the middle, and S-shaped motifs on the lower side of the tiara. A large square-shaped cabochon-cut emerald, surrounded by a layer of round brilliant-cut emeralds, is the centerpiece of the crown.
|Queen Rilga’s crown is composed of sapphires, diamonds, and natural saltwater pearls. There are twelve clusters of cushion-shaped sapphires and old-cut diamonds set in a circlet of diamond husks and swags. The crown is bordered with diamonds, with pearl finials and sapphire accents.|
|Queen Harla’s coronation tiara represented a departure from the more traditional crown of her predecessors. It has graduated aquamarine clusters interspersed with sprays of diamond myrtle leaves.|
|In a now-infamous scandal, Oberon’s mistress Paulette attended a state function wearing a royal crown.|