Tiara Thursday: A Mystery Tiara

© Victoria and Albert Museum

Today’s tiara is a mystery!

We don’t know who the maker is or who may have worn it. Though the Victoria and Albert Museum believes the tiara was made in England, circa 1850. We do know, however, that this tiara imitates the wreaths of silver corn-ears Queen Victoria’s attendants wore at her coronation in 1838. This makes it almost certain the tiara was made in England.

© Victoria and Albert Museum

The mystery tiara is in the form of a wreath and the brilliant and rose-cut diamonds and pearls are set in silver and gold.

© Victoria and Albert Museum. A close up.

The tiara is very beautiful, almost like a work of art. I love pearls and diamonds together. But I don’t know how wearable this tiara might be; it just doesn’t look comfortable. Maybe it’s for the best that these days the tiara sits in a museum patiently waiting for visitors to admire it.

By the way, if you are in the mood to peruse through a jewelry collection and can’t get to the Victoria and Albert Museum, I highly recommend you view the collection online. There is a large collection of jewelry available with generous historical details.


Victoria and Albert Museum

Queen Máxima in the Antique Pearl Tiara

© Erwin Olaf, Royal House of the Netherlands

I’ve mentioned before that Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is one of my favorite royals. If I could sit down for tea with any royal woman, Queen Máxima would be at the very top of my list. In this glamorous photograph, she (when she was the Princess of Orange in 2011) is wearing the Antique Pearl Tiara with the matching earrings and brooch. I think her look in this photograph could easily be transported into any era and she would still fit in and look stylish. What do you think?