An aigrette is a plume or tuft of feathers, or a jeweled ornament usually worn in the hair. In the 1890’s a new hair ornament emerged called the ‘aigrette’, complete with feathers and plumes became a sensation. Aigrettes became an essential part of the evening attire worn by every woman of fashion influence. During the 20’s and 30’s the aigrette came back with a vengeance, but this time jewels were added, which became the ultimate choice for any lady of fashion.
Monaco's Princess Charlene made headlines as she arrived to a lavish multi-course gala dinner wearing a modern brand new custom designed headpiece symbolizing the Olympic swimmer's love for the sea. Her headpiece was an expensive version of this new modern look.
The tiara made by French-German jeweler Lorenz Baumer, named the "Diamond Foam" tiara was made in white gold and nearly 60 karats worth of diamonds. The overall design evoked the spray thrown off a crashing wave. Thin strips of diamonds arch up from behind the left ear and fan out in an explosion at the temple. Large round cut diamonds, the largest weighing 8 karats, punctuate the ends of the sparkling arcs.
The palace contacted many jewelry houses to submit designs for a tiara that was to be among the prince's wedding gifts to his bride.
How To Modernize The Aigrette Look With Class:
Consider combining white feathers with a wedding styled brooch together. Instead of wearing the aigrette vertical, sweep it of to one side. Or, go vertical! Buy a vintage art deco brooch which you can transform with feathers.
Princess Charlene's Diamond Foam Tiara
Chaumet Rising Sun Aigrette
Aigrette Tiara with plumes of diamond by Cartier ca. 1920-30s
Chaumet diamond Tiara. 1920s
Cartier Aigrette Tiara.
Platinum, diamond and emerald aigrette, 1914, Chaumet
Royal Brides Camilla
Millesime Jazz Age Sparkle and Feather Bridal Cap-
$66.07 feather bridal hairband for wedding from zzkko.com
Black feather bridal hair accessory- Photo by onelove-photo.com
Feather Bridal Headpiece boho headband by Teeki by TeekiByAmyOram. $150.00 AUD, via Etsy.
How To Wear An Aigrette With Class
A Beautiful Headpiece.... Just Imagine it in White!