A diamond tiara and necklace, 1880s

Designed as a relatively short compact fringe, the slightly tapered form composed of 23 knife-edge bars each applied with a curved V-shape diamond-set motif and surmounted by an old-cut diamond in claw setting and interspersed with shorter bars topped with graduated old cut diamonds. All are set above a base row of diamonds with alternate stones embellished above and below with a bezel set rose-cut diamond. All diamonds set within the frame in silver and gold. The tiara converts into a necklace whose back chain is fully set with rose-cut diamonds and adjusts in length to be worn as a bracelet, with French assay marks, inner length of tiara approximately 340mm, length of backchain approximately 200mm.

Total weight approximately 32cts
376 x old-cut and rose-cut diamonds estimated to weigh an approximate total of 32cts
Largest central old cut diamond estimated to weigh approx 1.6ct

Circumference of tiara 6.5 in.
Height of tiara at centre front 1.2 in.
Length of bracelet/back chain 7.5 in.
Width of bracelet 6.5mm.
Length of necklace 14 in.