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Coral tiara (English), V&A, c. 1860-70
Diamond tiara, V&A, c. 1850
Steel tiara (French), MFA Boston, nineteenth century
The museum doesn’t give anything about this piece besides a description of what it looks like, but because of the half moon I believe this went with a fancy dress costume from the latter half of the nineteenth century.
French metal tiara, MFA Boston, nineteenth century
Tiara owned by Her Imperial Majesty Maria Feodorovna
Hunt & Roskell, Tiara with oak leaves and acorns, c.1855 (source).
A convertible piece, the three jeweled portions of this tiara could also be mounted on a brooch frame or tortoiseshell combs which came with the set.
Amethyst, gold, and silver jewellery set; Met; ca. 1825-30
A little early for Victorian, yes, but beautiful nonetheless!
Floral Diamond Tiara c.1860
I would rather be adorned by beauty of character than jewels. Jewels are the gift of fortune, while character comes from within. ~Titus Maccius Plautus
But I wouldn’t say no to this tiara either.
Mourning Tiara | cast glass and metal | 1880-1890 | Bohemia
The custom of wearing mourning dress was encouraged by Queen Victoria’s prolonged mourning after the death of her husband Albert in 1861. Formal mourning required black crepe or bombazine clothes along with ‘a few trinkets to accentuate the general sombreness of the costume’. This tiara shows that jet or its substitutes was worn at the highest level of society: only those above a certain social class would have had the occasion to wear a tiara. It is interesting that it is made of ‘French jet’, a cast glass substitute for jet. As supplies of jet were not sufficient to keep up with the demand, dark cast glass known as ‘French jet’ or ‘Vauxhall glass’ was often used.