Baccarat Crystal Puffed Cupid Heart Red French Sculpture 3″

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This lovely translucent red French lead crystal puffed cupid heart is made by one of the world’s most prestigious crystal design houses: Baccarat. It is a delightful little sculpture measuring 3″ in length and width and just over 1 1/2″ in thickness. It can gently rest in the palm of your hand and has a nice solid weight to it at 322.4 grams which feels like a full cup of coffee. The heart is hallmarked with Baccarat’s logos. This would be a wonderful gift to anyone you care about as it is a simple gesture of love and affection fit for any occasion. The original Baccarat box is included with this heart, but there is a slight scratch on the top of the box to the right of the Baccarat logo. 




Baccarat Crystal Puffed Cupid Heart Red French Sculpture 3"




Turquoise, Emerald, Diamond and Enamel Leopard Bracelet




An Exquisite Turquoise, Emerald, Diamond and Enamel Leopard Bracelet, David Webb. Oval cabochon turquoise, circular and fluted cabochon emeralds, circular-cut diamonds, enamel, inner circumference 16.5 cm, signed David Webb, numbered. Estimate: £20,000-30,000.

Offered in Important Jewels on 13 June 2018 at Christie’s in London




TURQUOISE, EMERALD, DIAMOND AND ENAMEL LEOPARD BRACELET, DAVID WEBB Oval cabochon turquoise, circular and fluted cabochon emeralds, circular-cut diamonds, enamel, inner circumference 16.5 cm, signed David Webb, numbered





Exquisite Ring Designs by Greg Neeley Design

The gemstones that are used in these designs are sourced for their beauty and perfection.  Some of the most beautiful diamonds and gemstones are placed with intricate passion into each piece by master jewel setters. Greg Neeley  has been designing and making jewelry and since 1972. His unique designs and attention to detail are unsurpassed in the jewelry industry.




Greg Neeley Design offers a wide range of styles and sizes to fit your taste
and your budget or Greg will customize a ring just for you.

Gorgeous and Innovative Designer Ring Creations by Greg Neeley



Gorgeous Designer Rings
Gorgeous Designer Rings

 

These are some of the most innovative designer ring creations in today’s market, and these designs will endure the ages.   These designs are unique, and inspirational passion went into creating each one these gorgeous designs.  The designs have articulate and intricate movement in the settings which makes you feel as one with these masterpieces.  The gemstones that are used in these designs are sourced for their beauty and perfection.  Some of the most beautiful diamonds and gemstones are placed with intricate passion into each piece by master jewel setters. Greg Neeley  has been designing and making jewelry and since 1972. His unique designs and attention to detail are unsurpassed in the jewelry industry.

Caged Fire
Caged Fire

 

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Caged Fire, finalist in the 2013 Saul Bell Design Awards This original design by Greg Neeley is made from solid18k rose and 18k white gold. It contains five diamonds. The center stone is 2.23 carats with four diamonds weighing 1.01 carats total set around the center diamond. Caged Fire is for sale and on display at Elinoff and Co. Gallery.

Infinity
Infinity




 

This 14k yellow and 14k white gold ladies ring contains one 8×10 mm oval red zircon weighing 4. 85 carats and 27 1.8mm princess cut diamonds weighing 1.06 carats total. The ring is lost wax cast and soldered together. The shank in 18k white gold will be cast with a break in the bottom center, the princess cut diamonds will be channel set and the yellow gold plates soldered into place. The break in the bottom center will allow the channels for the zircon to be sprung open enough to tension set the zircon then the bottom of the shank will be welded and the ring rounded locking the zircon in place.

Hopi Pottery Ladies Ring
Hopi Pottery Ladies Ring

 

This ring has a ‘bracket set’ marquis diamond floating over a white gold band set with pave’ diamonds. There is a diamond in the center of each side of the ring. The total weight of 48 small diamonds is a little over 1/2 carat, and the center stone is a one carat marquis. This is a very safe design that looks very dangerous. The marquis diamond points are bare but it would be very difficult to touch the points with anything but a very small probe.

Indian Princess
Indian Princess

 

Indian Princess is an 18k yellow gold ladies ring containing 4 princess cut diamonds 1 carat each. It is made with the highest quality spider web turquoise that is inlaid all the way through the ring so you can see it from the inside. The vertical side of the ring is decorated in a Hopi Indian design and contains one .10 carat fine diamond. This ring is not for everyone and is one of the most difficult to craft that Greg Neeley has ever designed.




Italian Top Ladies Diamond and 18k Ring
Italian Top Ladies Diamond and 18k Ring

 

The center diamond is 1.00 carat GIA certified round brilliant. It is very well cut graded at color G clarity VS 1. The accent diamonds weight a total of .25 carats and are of top quality. The ring is made of solid 18 karat yellow and white gold. It can also be ordered in all white gold as well. This is a very elegant ring that brings a little Italian flare to one of Greg Neeley‘s ring forms.

Knights Vision Ring
Knights Vision Ring

This solid 18k Yellow and White Gold Men’s ring contains 17 high quality round diamonds weighing 1/5th carat total. The ring weighs over 2/3 ounce of solid gold. It is a very heavy and regal design. This is the latest in Greg Neeley‘s Medieval Knight Collection.

18K and Sterling Carico Lake Turquoise Ring
18K and Sterling Carico Lake Turquoise Ring

 

This ring is sterling silver and 18 Karat yellow gold with a beautiful spider web Carico lake stone. The Carico lake turquoise is 16 mm by 13 mm about 3/4inch by 1/2 inch. The turquoise weighs13 carats and is re-enforced with backing. The stone is completely natural with no treatment. One of the amazing aspects of this stone is the matrix or brown lines. Many times these lines are of a softer material and tend to degrade and pit during polishing. This stones matrix is crystalline like the rest of the turquoise stone, very rare in natural turquoise. Greg Neeley collected this stone in the late 1970’s when he was a turquoise stone buyer for an Indian jewelry manufacturer here in Colorado. The ring can be made to any size from 7 to 13 for the same price.

Swirl Wrap Suspension Set Ladies Ring
Swirl Wrap Suspension Set Ladies Ring

 

This ring is made of 14k yellow and white gold and holds a 2.3 carat natural aquamarine oval center stone suspension set in a 14k yellow gold wrap around ring with a 14k white gold swirl encompassing the entire ring top. There are 23 diamonds set in the swirl weighing a total of 1/4 carat. This is a simple but elegant and comfortable ring.

Bar Wrap Suspension Set Ladies Ring
Bar Wrap Suspension Set Ladies Ring

This ring is made of 14k white gold 3 carat natural aquamarine oval center stone suspension set in a 14k white gold wrap around ring with a 14k white gold bar running through the entire ring top. There are 5 diamonds set in the bar weighing a total of 1/10 carat. This is a simple but elegant and comfortable ring.




Floating Marquis Black Knight Ladies Ring
Floating Marquis Black Knight Ladies Ring

 

The ring is made of solid 18k gold. the black metal is 18k white gold with a layer of black rhodium over it. Rhodium is a form of platinum. It is very durable and just about the same price as platinum. There are 52 round melee diamonds in the ring and one 3/4 carat marquis. The total diamond weight is 1.61 carats. The Marquis is FLOATING in side brackets with the points bare. This gives the design a very dangerous look but the stone is protected by the sides of the ring and it would be very difficult to damage the stone. The brackets holding the stone are riveted on and all these rivets are real rivets.

Every gemstone has a story, a story of how it was formed, how it was found, how rare it is, how durable, how it is cut, how we found it, and most of all how beautiful it is. Greg Neeley respectS this story just as he respect your story of who you are, what you like, and where you are going. Greg Neeley strives to design and make jewelry that employs his forty years in art, design, and jewelry making to honor your story and the gems story

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Three Estate 1950s Cartier Ruby, Diamond, and Sapphire Rings




Set of Three Cartier Rings, Very Vintage from the 1950’s.
Each ring features a row of either rubies, sapphires, and diamonds.

Three Estate 1950s Cartier Ruby, Diamond, and Sapphire Rings
Three Estate 1950s Cartier Ruby, Diamond, and Sapphire Rings

Designer: Cartier

Metal: Platinum

Ruby Ring:
3.2 grams
2.09 mm band width.
Ring Size: 6

Sapphire Ring:
3.0 grams
2.57 mm band width.
Ring Size: 6

Diamond Ring:
3.4 grams
2.74 mm band width.
Ring Size: 6







Gorgeous Emerald Cut Tourmaline and Old European Diamond Halo Ring 18k Yellow Gold and Platinum

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An amazing and rare NATURAL 4.95ct tourmaline is adorned by 3ct t.w. of G-H color, VS2-SI1 clarity old European cut diamonds for the most amazing emerald alternative whopper cocktail, anniversary, engagement or birthstone ring.




A glorious vintage gem quality Brazilian green tourmaline ring safely prong set with a enormous halo of incredible and sparkling old European cut diamonds in a heirloom magnificent design. And don’t forget the tiny bead set single cut diamonds down the shank! This handmade antique influenced piece by my limited edition ‘Memento Jewelry®’ line is made in 18k yellow gold and platinum and features yellow gold prongs holding the sensational natural tourmaline and a 18k yellow gold shank. The platinum milgrain details and undercarriage make this ring just INCREDIBLE! That amazing and rare NATURAL 4.95ct tourmaline is adorned by 3ct t.w. of G-H color, VS2-SI1 clarity old European cut diamonds for the most amazing emerald alternative whopper cocktail, anniversary, engagement or birthstone ring ever! Plus it’s one of a kind! This ring measures an impressive 18.92mm North to South, 17.03mm East to West, and is raised regally 7.33mm off the finger. The ring has a grand total gemstone and diamond weight being 7.95ct t.w., weighs 6.5 grams, and is currently a finger size 7




7.95ct t.w. Emerald Cut Tourmaline & Old European Diamond Halo Ring 18k Platinum



Emerald and Diamond Ring, Mount by Van Cleef & Arpels




Oval cabochon-cut emerald, circular and calibré-cut diamonds, ring size O, signed Monture VCA, numbered. 

Available at Christie’s London Important Jewels Auction on June 13, 2018.  Estimate: GBP 10,000 – GBP 15,000 (USD 13,270 – USD 19,905)




Emerald and Diamond Ring by Van Cleef & Arpels
Emerald and Diamond Ring by Van Cleef & Arpels




Duchess of Devonshire Emerald Tiara by Cartier, c. 1901-1910

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“There is a latent fairy in all women, but look how carefully we have to secrete her in order to be taken seriously. And fairies come in all shapes, colours, sizes and types, they don’t have to be fluffy. They can be demanding and furious if hey like. They do, however, have to wear a tiara. That much is compulsory.”
― Dawn French, A Tiny Bit Marvellous




Duchess of Devonshire Emerald Tiara by Cartier, c. 1901-1910
Duchess of Devonshire Emerald Tiara by Cartier, c. 1901-1910

 

Duchess of Devonshire Emerald Tiara by Cartier, c. 1901-1910




Important Questions To Ask About Tiaras

Do you have to be a queen, a princess or a member of the aristocracy to wear a tiara?

Perhaps the peak of the tiara’s popularity, however, was from the 1870s to just before the First World War, when diamonds were plentiful following the discovery of new sources in South Africa, and hairstyles were suitably voluminous.




Diamond Tiara

10 questions to ask about tiaras

 An in-depth guide to these opulent ornaments for glittering occasions — from royal tiaras worn by queens and princesses to more versatile, wearable and affordable examples.

1. Do you have to be a queen, a princess or a member of the aristocracy to wear a tiara?

In ancient Greece garland-like hair ornaments were used to adorn the heads of sacred statues, given to athletes and warriors to honor victories, and worn by people of high rank at weddings and feasts. These early examples often took the form of gold bands, also known as fillets, or naturalistic foliate wreaths composed of ears of wheat, laurel leaves and flowers. The Romans continued the Greek tradition, but with the eventual demise of their world and the rise of Christianity, the wearing of classical wreaths and diadems declined and almost disappeared.

In the Medieval period crown-shaped jewels, or coronals, were worn by brides of all ranks, but it wasn’t until the 18th century that tiaras as we might know them today became more widely worn. This was probably due to advances in the cutting of gemstones — head ornaments became less the concern of goldsmiths and more the preserve of lapidaries for showing off their gem-setting skills. Relatively simple gold jewels made way for highly impactful and elaborate diamond and colored stone-set examples.




Important Belle Époque Diamond Tiara, old-cut, old pear-shaped and rose-cut diamonds, platinum circa 1905. Old-cut, old pear-shaped and rose-cut diamonds, platinum, circa 1905, inner circumference 21.2 cm. Formerly the property of HRH the Crown Princess of Yugoslavia, from the collection of the Princes of Orléans-Braganza. Estimate: £140,000-210,000.
Important Belle Époque Diamond Tiara, old-cut, old pear-shaped and rose-cut diamonds, platinum circa 1905. Old-cut, old pear-shaped and rose-cut diamonds, platinum, circa 1905, inner circumference 21.2 cm. Formerly the property of HRH the Crown Princess of Yugoslavia, from the collection of the Princes of Orléans-Braganza. Estimate: £140,000-210,000.

 

This resurgence of elaborate head ornamentation, displayed principally to denote status and affluence, was also associated with the emergence of a new class of wealthy individuals who were awarded titles and elevated into the aristocracy, as well as a renewed interest in Classical art.

Although many of these 18th-century tiaras have not survived, the tiara of Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III, was offered by Christie’s after her death in 1818. It was described as ‘a superb tiara composed of sprigs of flowers and brilliants, transparent, in setting of bold design, from which are suspended seven large emerald drops, in brilliant frames, a very large white round brilliant in the centre, the border of the whole of rose diamonds’.

A late 19th-century diamond tiara / necklace. The graduated scrolling old-cut diamond-set panel, with central stylised shell motif and trefoil surmount, to a pear-shaped diamond-set finial, with associated fine-link chain necklace, mounted in silver and gold, central panel detaching to form a pendant / brooch, later adapted, tiara frame deficient, circa 1880, 40.2 cm. Sold for £8,125 on 2 December 2015 at Christie’s in London
A late 19th-century diamond tiara / necklace. The graduated scrolling old-cut diamond-set panel, with central stylised shell motif and trefoil surmount, to a pear-shaped diamond-set finial, with associated fine-link chain necklace, mounted in silver and gold, central panel detaching to form a pendant / brooch, later adapted, tiara frame deficient, circa 1880, 40.2 cm. Sold for £8,125 on 2 December 2015 at Christie’s in London

 

Perhaps the peak of the tiara’s popularity, however, was from the 1870s to just before the First World War, when diamonds were plentiful following the discovery of new sources in South Africa, and hairstyles were suitably voluminous.

Throughout the 20th century the wearing of tiaras has fluctuated in line with changes in prosperity and fashion. In the past 20 years there has been a renewed appreciation for this type of jewel, fueled by various high-profile exhibitions and celebrity weddings. Wearing tiaras today is not a question of rank, but a matter of judging whether it is appropriate for the occasion.

A late 19th-century diamond tiara. Sold for £8,125 on 11 December 2013 at Christie’s in London, South Kensington
A late 19th-century diamond tiara. Sold for £8,125 on 11 December 2013 at Christie’s in London, South Kensington

2. When should tiaras be worn?

Weddings, white-tie dinners and balls and occasions of state are all traditional events to which one might wear a tiara, however the boundaries are now increasingly blurred. Customarily, tiaras were only worn by married women and given to a bride on her wedding day, but rules are made to be broken — and they frequently are. Similarly, some say that tiaras should only be worn in private residences — and not in hotels, for example — but again, this seems outmoded in today’s more relaxed society.




3. What is the difference between a tiara, a circlet, a bandeau and a diadem?

Tiara: a more generic, overarching term for a number of different styles of head-dress, including diadems, circlets and bandeaux.

Late 19th Century Emerald and Diamond Tiara. Drop-shaped and oval cabochon emeralds, old and rose-cut diamonds, silver and gold, circa 1880, inner circumference 24.5 cm. Estimate: £70,000-90,000. Offered in Important Jewels on 13 June at Christie’s in London
Late 19th Century Emerald and Diamond Tiara. Drop-shaped and oval cabochon emeralds, old and rose-cut diamonds, silver and gold, circa 1880, inner circumference 24.5 cm. Estimate: £70,000-90,000. Offered in Important Jewels on 13 June at Christie’s in London

 

Diadem: there are differing opinions on the exact definition of this term. In ancient Greece the word diadem (from the term diadein, meaning to bind around) denoted several different types of head ornament. Later, the word diadem was used to describe a band worn over the head-dress of a king — it was the head-dress itself that was termed a tiara.

Circlet: a tiara that extends all the way around (or nearly all the way around) the circumference of the head.

Bandeau: a headband-style ornament of low profile, usually without a graduation in height from one side to the other, most often worn on the forehead, and prevalent during the early 20th century.

Kokoshnik: a style of embellished cloth-covered head ornament, often very broad and sitting high on the forehead, from the Russian national costume and folklore tradition. In the later 19th and earlier 20th centuries Fabergé and other jewellers were inspired to produce tiaras in the Russian taste. Kokoshnik tiaras are often designed as a fringe of tapering diamond-set bars or a continuous chevron-shaped panel.

Aigrette: a type of hair ornament worn centrally above the forehead that is designed to support a plume of feathers, or itself depicting a gem-set feather motif. The word is derived from the egret, the feathers of which were often used with these pieces.

Coronet: a miniature or simple crown, especially as worn by lesser royalty and peers or peeresses. Often made of gilded silver with velvet denoting rank: a viscountess’s coronet, for example, would have 16 ball or ‘pearl’ finials, whereas a countess’s coronet would have eight. Occasionally worn together with a tiara.


4. Besides diamonds, which gemstones are used for tiaras?

In the late 18th and early 19th century tiaras were commonly set with a wide variety of gemstones including coral, pearls, amethyst, turquoise, topaz and citrine — sometimes with diamonds and sometimes without. Cut steel and Berlin iron, although of low intrinsic value, were still of high status, and cameos and intaglios in all their forms were popular throughout the Napoleonic period.

In the later 19th century diamonds dominated but were often combined with sapphires, emeralds, rubies and pearls. By the 20th century the emphasis was more on design, resulting in the use of less precious but still beautiful stones such as aquamarines, onyx, citrine and rock crystal.

5. Who buys tiaras?

Primarily they are private individuals who are purchasing a tiara for the first time, usually for a wedding. In comparison to the overall cost of a wedding, a tiara or hair ornament does not need to be a wild extravagance and can be purchased for as little as £5,000 to £10,000. The other attraction is that these pieces can often be kept in the family and lent to other family members for their weddings.

Other buyers include jewelry connoisseurs who wish to crown their collections with a jewel epitomizing royal splendor, and professional jewelry dealers who wish to have tiaras available for loan to their clients.

Also buyers collecting tiaras of various styles to be exhibited in their private exhibition spaces. Similarly, museums and galleries occasionally purchase pieces to add to their existing collections. From time to time when an extraordinary signed tiara — most likely from the Art Deco, Art Nouveau or Belle Époque periods — comes to the market, the same jewelry house that created it all those years ago may buy it back to sell it on or keep it as part of its archive collection.


A Victorian diamond star parure, circa 1870. Comprising a tiara, the front set with six graduated old-cut diamond flowerhead clusters, each interspersed by an old-cut diamond collet and similarly-set graduated triangular intersections, surmounted by nine detachable star motifs, mounted in silver and gold. 30 cm. Sold for £317,000 on 13 June 2017 at Christie’s in London
A Victorian diamond star parure, circa 1870. Comprising a tiara, the front set with six graduated old-cut diamond flowerhead clusters, each interspersed by an old-cut diamond collet and similarly-set graduated triangular intersections, surmounted by nine detachable star motifs, mounted in silver and gold. 30 cm. Sold for £317,000 on 13 June 2017 at Christie’s in London

6. Are tiaras difficult to wear?

People sometimes think that there are limited occasions on which one can wear a tiara, but this is not always the case. Many tiaras, particularly 19th-century examples, are highly versatile and can be worn not only as a headpiece for a very formal occasion, but can also transform into a necklace for less formal events, such as the opera or a black-tie party. 

Some examples can further dismantle to form brooches, hair pins, earrings and/or bracelets that can be worn in a much more relaxed environment. This means that if you are attending a social occasion that does not quite call for the full regalia, you can wear an arrangement of diamond-set brooches on your lapel or waist, or perhaps a couple of diamond pins in your hair.

Art Déco Diamond Tiara/necklace, Boucheron, circular and old-cut diamonds, with tiara frame circa 1935. Diameter 48.5 cm, signed Boucheron RM, original fitted navy Boucheron case. Estimate: £35,000-45,000. Offered in Important Jewels on 13 June at Christie’s in London
Art Déco Diamond Tiara/necklace, Boucheron, circular and old-cut diamonds, with tiara frame circa 1935. Diameter 48.5 cm, signed Boucheron RM, original fitted navy Boucheron case. Estimate: £35,000-45,000. Offered in Important Jewels on 13 June at Christie’s in London

 

Other common misconceptions are that tiaras are heavy, old-fashioned or fussy in design. Of course, some antique examples are highly elaborate and were made during a period when women wore high pads of false hair. Such examples (known colloquially as ‘fenders’) can be disproportionately high, and are not as easy to wear with modern hairstyles. There are, however, many tiaras from the early 20th century that have a fresh and modern aesthetic — for example, the simple, diamond-set Belle Époque diadem, below, and Art Deco tiara by Cartier pictured above could easily be worn as an accompaniment to a modern gown or dress.

Tiaras

7. Tiaras for sale — is it possible to find affordable examples at auction?

Absolutely. Over the years Christie’s have offered many beautiful tiaras in our London auctions, with estimates starting from approximately £3,000 for smaller antique examples.

Late 19th Century Emerald and Diamond Tiara / Necklace. Square and rectangular-cut emeralds, rose-cut diamonds, silver and gold, with tiara frame, circa 1890, 35.0 cm. Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Offered in Important Jewels on 13 June at Christie’s in London
Late 19th Century Emerald and Diamond Tiara / Necklace. Square and rectangular-cut emeralds, rose-cut diamonds, silver and gold, with tiara frame, circa 1890, 35.0 cm. Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Offered in Important Jewels on 13 June at Christie’s in London

 

Unsurprisingly, as the gemstone content increases so does the price, but it is still possible to find more significant examples for under £15,000.

An early-20th-century diamond tiara / necklace. Composed of a graduated series of rose and old-cut diamond millegrain-set foliate motifs alternately set between diamond collet accents raised on knifebar connections, with rose-cut diamond line below and similarly-set detachable backchain, mounted in platinum and gold, circa 1900. As a necklace 37 cm long, original case. Sold for £15,000 on 27 November 2013 at Christie’s in London
An early-20th-century diamond tiara / necklace. Composed of a graduated series of rose and old-cut diamond millegrain-set foliate motifs alternately set between diamond collet accents raised on knifebar connections, with rose-cut diamond line below and similarly-set detachable backchain, mounted in platinum and gold, circa 1900. As a necklace 37 cm long, original case. Sold for £15,000 on 27 November 2013 at Christie’s in London
An Edwardian diamond tiara. Designed as a group of three old brilliant-cut diamond graduated sunburst star panels, each with central diamond cluster to a radiating surround of similarly-set rays, mounted in silver and gold, detaching to form three brooches or a hair slide, four additional fittings, circa 1900. Largest star 5.7cm, in fitted case. Sold for £15,000 on 30 November 2016 at Christie’s in London
An Edwardian diamond tiara. Designed as a group of three old brilliant-cut diamond graduated sunburst star panels, each with central diamond cluster to a radiating surround of similarly-set rays, mounted in silver and gold, detaching to form three brooches or a hair slide, four additional fittings, circa 1900. Largest star 5.7cm, in fitted case. Sold for £15,000 on 30 November 2016 at Christie’s in London

 




8. Royal tiaras — what are some of spectacular tiaras sold at Christie’s?

In 2006, Christie’s was entrusted with selling The Collection of Princess Margaret. Among the beautiful pieces in her collection was the Poltimore Tiara, pictured near the top of this story — an elaborate late 19th-century jewel of impressive scale. It was bought in 1959 just prior to the announcement of her engagement to Mr Antony Armstrong-Jones. The princess wore the transformable tiara as a necklace on many state and official occasions but, most famously, on her wedding day at Westminster Abbey in 1960.

A magnificent antique diamond tiara, by Fabergé. Designed as a series of graduated old-cut diamond arches with knife-edge collet spacers, the central pear-shaped diamond flanked by three briolette and one old-cut diamond, each with diamond collet and leaf surmount to the foliate band, on gold wire frame, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1890, 13.2 cm wide, with Russian assay marks for gold. Sold for £1,050,400 on 13 June 2007 at Christie’s in London
A magnificent antique diamond tiara, by Fabergé. Designed as a series of graduated old-cut diamond arches with knife-edge collet spacers, the central pear-shaped diamond flanked by three briolette and one old-cut diamond, each with diamond collet and leaf surmount to the foliate band, on gold wire frame, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1890, 13.2 cm wide, with Russian assay marks for gold. Sold for £1,050,400 on 13 June 2007 at Christie’s in London

 

In 2007 Christie’s sold a magnificent tiara set with a graduated series of large diamond briolettes by Fabergé. Important antique jewels by the house of Fabergé are very rare, although tiaras are rarer still since relatively few were produced. Contributing greatly to the importance of the piece is its well-cataloged provenance, which includes Queen Maria José and the King of Belgium. Furthermore, the briolette-cut diamonds were said to have been a gift from Tsar Alexander I of Russia to the Empress Josephine.

A Belle Époque enamel and diamond tiara, by Chaumet. Of kokoshnik design, composed of a series of graduated translucent royal blue plique-à-jour enamel curved panels, each overlaid with old-cut diamond trailing forget-me-not floral motifs, interspersed with collet-set diamond lines, to the cushion-shaped diamond openwork cartouche centre and similarly-set upper border, circa 1910, mounted in platinum and gold, with a later fitted case. Sold for CHF 677,000 on 10 November 2015 at Christie’s in Geneva
A Belle Époque enamel and diamond tiara, by Chaumet. Of kokoshnik design, composed of a series of graduated translucent royal blue plique-à-jour enamel curved panels, each overlaid with old-cut diamond trailing forget-me-not floral motifs, interspersed with collet-set diamond lines, to the cushion-shaped diamond openwork cartouche centre and similarly-set upper border, circa 1910, mounted in platinum and gold, with a later fitted case. Sold for CHF 677,000 on 10 November 2015 at Christie’s in Geneva

 

More recently, in 2015, Christie’s offered in our Geneva saleroom a beautiful Belle Époque blue enamel and diamond tiara by Chaumet (above), which was bought by the Duke of Westminster for his wife on the event of the coronation of George V and Queen Mary in 1911. The plique-à-jour  enamelling, giving the appearance of a glowing stained-glass window when held up to the light, is very delicate but has remained in immaculate condition despite its age, making the piece a very rare survival.


9. What other jewels can be worn in the hair?

If you do not own a tiara but have in your jewel box a pretty pair of double-clip brooches, these can be used successfully to adorn the hair, perhaps pinned in to either side of a chignon, or used as clips to keep loose hair back. Pins can be used in the same manner, to best effect with three or four slid into an up-do.

If you have a bracelet or necklace that you would like to wear as a tiara, a good jeweler may be able to produce a discreet frame so that it can be worn in the hair. This could work well with a diamond rivière necklace, for example.

It is worth mentioning that great care must be taken when wearing jewels in this way that are not designed as hair accessories — you can always ask your hairdresser how to secure them firmly in place to avoid them coming loose or slipping out.

Elizabeth Taylor knew how to make an entrance, and would often wear brooches from her extensive jewelry collection in her bouffant-style coiffure to draw attention and to add height. Diana, Princess of Wales, of course, also famously employed an Art Deco bracelet as a bandeau worn on her forehead.

10. If you could pick a tiara, which one would it be?

The ideal head ornament would be a diamond-set tiara ideally from the Art Deco period or early 20th century — something light in appearance that does not sit too high on the head, with an elegant and understated design. If I could find an example that transforms into a pair of bracelets or a necklace, then that would be very chic.




The Gorgeous Angouleme Emerald Tiara

This gorgeous tiara was made by Evrard and Frederic Bapst for the French crown jewels in 1820. There are 1031 diamonds and 40 emeralds in the setting.




The Angouleme Emerald Tiara.  The diamond and emerald tiara made for the Duchess of Angoulême by Bapst, on display with the rest of the French crown jewels at the Louvre Museum in Paris, 2016 This gorgeous tiara was made by Evrard and Frederic Bapst for the French crown jewels in 1820. There are 1031 diamonds and 40 emeralds in the setting. When sold in 1887, an observer remarked that anyone who had not seen it 'does not know what an emerald is, the green stones alternate with the brilliants in such a manner that there is an interplay of colored light, the effect of which is magical.
The Angouleme Emerald Tiara.  The diamond and emerald tiara made for the Duchess of Angoulême by Bapst, on display with the rest of the French crown jewels at the Louvre Museum in Paris, 2016 This gorgeous tiara was made by Evrard and Frederic Bapst for the French crown jewels in 1820. There are 1031 diamonds and 40 emeralds in the setting. When sold in 1887, an observer remarked that anyone who had not seen it ‘does not know what an emerald is, the green stones alternate with the brilliants in such a manner that there is an interplay of colored light, the effect of which is magical.

 

This diadem of emeralds and diamonds is a masterpiece of the jewelry of the Restoration. It enriches the collection of jewels of the Crown dispersed in 1887 and since patiently gathered by the department of Objects of art of the Louvre. Offered by Louis XVIII to his niece the Duchess of Angoulême, it is the work of Christophe-Frédéric Bapst and Jacques-Evrard Bapst, jewelers of the Crown until the Second Empire.
A work intended for a princess.




The Gorgeous Angouleme Emerald Tiara
Diamond and emerald tiara, designed by Jacques-Evrard Bapst for the Duchesse d’Angouleme, early 19th century | Musée du Louvre. “Under the 2nd Empire, the tiara was worn by the Empress Eugenie, who was particularly fond of emeralds.

 

 

The duchess of Angouleme (1778-1851), daughter of Louis XVI and niece of Louis XVIII received this ornament from her uncle. She already possessed an ornament of emeralds delivered by the jeweler Paul-Nicolas Ménière as early as 1814. This set included a comb, a necklace, bracelets and earrings. The diadem, unlike the ornament, owned by the Duchess of Angoulême, is inscribed on the inventory of the Diamonds of the Crown. He uses four large emeralds bought by Louis XVIII and diamonds from the Crown collections. During the Second Empire, the diadem was worn by the Empress Eugenie, who particularly appreciated emeralds. Then it was sold with the other jewels of the Crown in 1887 before reappearing in a private collection.

Angouleme Emerald Tiaraor Marie-Therese, Duchesse d'Angouleme, daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, in 1819-1820. Later worn by Empress Eugenie.
Part of the French Crown Jewels. Made for Marie-Therese, Duchesse d’Angouleme, daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, in 1819-1820. Later worn by Empress Eugenie.

 

40 emeralds and 1031 diamonds In the center of the diadem, between two windings in brilliant, a large emerald is surrounded by 18 brilliants. This emerald of 15.93 carats, almost square and very thin, is accompanied by fourteen other emeralds, two of which are fixed on both sides. The two lateral emeralds make 14.19 c.m. And 14.3 c.m. The jewelers Bapst completed this set with 26 small emeralds for 29 carats. In total the diadem is composed of 40 emeralds and 1031 diamonds. The central emerald is surrounded by 18 brilliants. The other brilliants form scrolls of foliage on which are fixed the kittens supporting the emeralds. The whole on a gallery formed of a rank of brilliants.


Tiara of Marie Therese Charlotte, the Duchesse d’Angouleme, daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Tiara of Marie Therese Charlotte, the Duchesse d’Angouleme, daughter of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

 




 

The Angouleme Emerald Tiara made by Evrard and Frederic Bapst for the French crown jewels in 1820. There are 1031 diamonds and 40 emeralds in the setting.
The Angouleme Emerald Tiara made by Evrard and Frederic Bapst for the French crown jewels in 1820. There are 1031 diamonds and 40 emeralds in the setting.




 


Belle Epoque Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara, Circa 1910

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An Exquisite Belle Epoque Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara , circa 1910. Designed as a series of graduated oval aquamarine clusters set with oval- and hexagonal-shaped aquamarines, interspersed with sprays of diamond myrtle leaves, within millegrain borders of circular-, single- and rose-cut diamonds.




 

Belle Epoque Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara , circa 1910. Designed as a series of graduated oval aquamarine clusters set with oval- and hexagonal-shaped aquamarines, interspersed with sprays of diamond myrtle leaves, within millegrain borders of circular-, single- and rose-cut diamonds.

Belle Epoque Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara , circa 1910. Designed as a series of graduated oval aquamarine clusters set with oval- and hexagonal-shaped aquamarines, interspersed with sprays of diamond myrtle leaves, within millegrain borders of circular-, single- and rose-cut diamonds. Part of the estate of Christian, Lady Hesketh. Cartier





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