Cartier’s Steel and Diamond Tiara

© Sotheby’s

Today’s tiara is rare and of an unusual design. The headpiece is made of blackened steel and bordered with circular-cut diamonds. The two scalloped edges and the bottom row’s diamond-encrusted palmettes manage to give the tiara a romantic feel, despite the black steel.

© Sotheby’s. An up-close look at the scalloped edge and the diamond palmettes.

Between 1912 and 1915, Parisian workshop Henri Picq made about five of these steel tiaras for Cartier. This particular tiara was bought in 1912 as a wedding gift for the seller’s grandmother. It has managed to stay with the same family until the seller sold it via Sotheby’s in 2015. It fetched the hefty sum of CHF 538,000.

I don’t have any information on the family, but the bride must have been quite the avant-garde fashionista to have embraced and kept such a unique tiara.

What do you say? Yay or nay?

2 thoughts on “Cartier’s Steel and Diamond Tiara

  1. Oh, a definite “yay! from me. It’s true, the material and maybe even the design might be a bit odd when comparing to other tiaras. But I think it is such an elegant piece. Perfect if one were to observe mourning while still being able to glitter a “tiny” bit. The design looks so “clean” and I quite like that. Thank you for posting and putting up those great photos.

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