Tiaras have always been considered to be luxurious to wear. Crowns, and tiaras have evolved through the centuries from the simple satin ribbon to featuring an array of diamonds and jewels worth millions of dollars. The tiara has seen waves of interest through the centuries, and has even been frowned upon at some points of history, but one thing is for sure- it's presence has never diminished. Styles have changed with the fashions, and the tiara is changing with it. While some styles of jewelry have come and go, the tiara remains current, and has seen being worn on occasions besides the wedding day. Within the last 10 years we have seen a new awakening with hair jewelry, with a revival from Hollywood and the catwalks of the hottest designers today. Here are some pieces that simply cannot be ignored....
Cartier, Rinceaux Tiara, 1910
Breast Ornament designed as two sprays of lilies, Cartier Paris 1906
Platinum, round old and rose-cut diamonds
Cartier 1906 Choker Necklace of Rose Cut Diamonds
The Tiara chosen by Rose Astor on her wedding day. Rose Astor is, as you might imagine, a descendant of the Astors famous American family that emigrated to England.
Art Deco diamond bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels.
The central circular-cut diamond collets of the bracelet alternate with twin hexagonal-cut diamonds, within a tapered, flexible border made up of baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds. Suspended from the main bracelet is a circular-cut diamond tassel, with sliding clasp. This piece was made in 1922 and is signed Van Cleef & Arpels Paris, no. 2071. This bracelet was listed in Christie's November 2012 Jewels sale.
The Patiala Necklace was a necklace created by the House of Cartier in 1928, It was made for and named after Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, the then ruling Maharaja of the state of Patiala. It contained 2,930 diamonds
"A BELLE EPOQUE TIARA Of kokoshnik design, the old-cut diamond foliate
openwork band interspersed with button-shaped cultured pearls and
(untested) pearls of varying hues, the centre set with a cushion-shaped
diamond, adapted, circa 1905, 33.0 cm inner circumference"
Designed as two posies of leaves, ribbons, scrolls and flower heads set en tremblant, set throughout with cushion-shaped and circular-cut, rose and baguette diamonds, signed Cartier, London, a few diamonds deficient. Lot 429. Estimate 75,000-90,000 CHF Sotheby's, Fine Jewels and Jewels for the Collector, London, 6th October 1988, Lot 261; Sotheby's, Magnificent Jewels, New York, 20th April 2010, Lot 558.
A Belle Epoque colored diamond necklace, circa 1910. The neckchain is set with diamonds in a foliate motif - alternating flowers and leaves. At the bottom, an openwork pendant, suspending a large, pear-shaped yellowish brown diamond trimmed with single-cut diamonds. This necklace was listed in Christie's 22 April 2010 Jewels auction.
The Palffy Diamond Tiara, By Kochert. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2004
Designed as detachable graduated floral motifs with scroll stems, collet and foliate spacers to the detachable diamond collet, lattice and twisted band, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1870, 7.5 cm. high, with original red leather fitted case. P
The Palffy family is of Hungarian nobility dating back to the 14th century. One of the richest and most influential families in the region from the 17th to 19th centuries, Karl Hieronymus Graf Palffy von Erdöd was elevated to the status of an Austrian Prince in 1807. The family tiara was made circa 1870 by the hand of Köchert, Vienna and is illustrated in their design book.
This beautiful Belle Epoque diamond garland necklace was made in 1900. It is designed as three foliate swags alternating three collet diamond swags hung from a necklace spaced by ribbon-tied bows. Each swag is centered by a cushion diamond cluster pendant, millegrain set. S.J. Philips
This diamond flower necklace from the last quarter of the 19th century is spectacular! Listed in Christie's 16 October 2012 Magnificent Jewels auction.
Tiara Coral and Gilt Metal. Philips Brothers, London, 1860-1870.
Photo courtesy of The Victoria & Albert Museum
Antique diamond and ruby festoon necklace. Made in 1860, Christie's October 21, 2009 Rare Jewels sale.
Cartier, Scroll Tiara. From 1902.
Cartier, Bandeau Tiara, 1924
A diamond tiara belonging to the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
Mountbatten Star Tiara
Designed as a graduated row of tiered dart motifs, set with circular-cut, cushion- and pear-shaped diamonds, inner circumference approximately 235mm, fitted case, formerly a necklace/tiara and converted to sole use as a tiara in the early 20th century. Sotherby's
A view of Chaumet's Bowknot tiara.
Bowknot Tiara c1900 Gold, silver, pink topazes, diamonds