Despite the fact that this year has practically flown by, the year comes to an end, but not without some of the most luxurious Tiaras going on display for the world to see. With two Royal Weddings and one Exhibition, here are a few British Diamond Tiaras that are worth a mention. Studded with diamonds that glisten under the spotlight, the tiaras I’ve picked are also set with a handful of coloured gemstones that will have you glued to their beauty.
Lets begin with the exhibition of Queen Victoria’s Jewels at Kensington Palace, one I’m glad I saw in London this year. Tunnelling through what seemed to be a labyrinth of doors and resplendent rooms built in 1689, each boasts a different theme. Some with an 18th century charm and others that were fit to host magnificent balls, it was as if I were transported back in time, although this time as a Royal.
A heart warming afternoon, I was left speechless browsing through personal belongings of the Queen, telling the story of her relationship and love for Prince Albert. From a locket encapsulating a lock of his hair, the Queen was enamoured by his charm and intellect and spent her life mourning after his passing.
Blessed with an eye for detail, Prince Albert together with the Queen’s Royal Jewellers created eternal pieces that till today are a benchmark for quality and craftsmanship alike. The Turquoise and Pearl Eagle Brooch is one spectacular piece backed with his designs.
Queen Victorias Emerald Suite
The other and one of the most spectacular suites from the entire Victoria Revealed Exhibition, is the Emerald Necklace, Tiara, Brooch and Earrings. Commissioned in 1845, it was a gift from Prince Albert to his wife, one that has been kept intact all these years without any damage. One of the British Diamond Tiaras created with gothic inspiration, it beams elegance when you merely enter the room it has been displayed in.
The earring pair is said to now feature 1 Hydrothermal Emerald Pear and was reset sometime in the middle. Changed with extreme attention to detail, it is hard to now tell any difference between the two.
Fife Diamond Tiara
Yet another ravishing tiara from the collection is the Fife Diamond Tiara that comes set with transparent sparklers using the “Swing Setting”. A headpiece that will catch your eye from miles away, the dangling pear cut diamonds catch every beam of light reflecting and refracting it 10 fold creating the most marvellous display of fire and scintillation.
Crafted in gold and silver and designed by Oscar Massin, it boasts a delicate setting style, where the metal is concealed. Beautiful from every angle, the Fife Tiara was given to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Princess Louise on her wedding day by the Duke of Fife.
Amongst other British Diamond Tiaras, one getting a lot of attention, is the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara. A piece that will have your heart in a flutter was lent to Princess Eugene for her wedding earlier this month. Set with an Emerald that weighs 93.7 carats, it will leave you green with envy.
Beautiful in every respect, the gemstone adds glamour and life to the Tiara. Crafted in Platinum in the Kokoshnik style this was part of her something borrowed.