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22 June 2018

Tiaras were first thought to be worn by Persian kings. The word tiara is Persian in origin. Throughout history they have been worn by men and women to represent status, hierarchy and wealth and were often worn by members of the aristocracy.



An Early Victorian diamond tiara, comprising of seven diamond set en tremblant stars, mounted in silver-upon-gold. Set with approximately 8.00ct of rose-cut diamonds.


During the 18th and 19th centuries tiaras were often set with gemstones such as topaz, pearl, coral, and occasionally with diamonds. Diamonds were more prominent during the latter part of the 19th century and often accentedwith sapphires, rubies and emeralds. The mid-20th century saw a shift in focus on art and design, leading to precious stones being eschewed, in favour of alternative gemstones, such as onyx and citrine.

Tiaras are generally circular or semi-circular in shape and are usually set with beautiful gemstones and mounted in precious metals. Although, throughout history, tiaras were the preserve of those of high status, today they are more accessible and are worn for special occasions.They are a favoured wedding adornment.


Tiaras are closely associated with British history and the Royal Family.  Most recently, we saw the new Duchess of Sussex wearing the stunning Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara on her wedding day. It is an Art Deco design, made in 1932. Every tiara has its own special history. This elegant piece of jewellery was commissioned by Queen Mary. At its centre is a diamond cluster brooch, given to her, on her own marriage, in 1893as a gift from the county of Lincoln.




An antique diamond tiara, set with old-cut diamonds, with a central diamond cluster in millegrain edged settings, flanked by lattice work, Mounted in platinum circa 1905.

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