A 19th century diamond tiara, circa 1850

A 19th century diamond tiara, circa 1850. Photo Bonhams

Designed as a floral and foliate garland of old brilliant, rose and cushion-shaped diamonds, the three principal flowerheads en tremblant, mounted in silver and gold,cushion-shaped and old brilliant-cut diamonds approximately 14.00 carats total, detachable to form three brooches and the centrepiece of a necklace, height at tallest point 5.5cm, fitted case by Tessier, New Bond Street. Sold for £12,000 (€15,074)

Exhibited: ‘100 Tiaras, An Evolution of Style’, Wartski, London, March 1997, number 12 in the catalogue.
‘Crowning Glories: Two Centuries of Tiaras’, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2000, exhibition curated by Diana Scarisbrick.
‘Dignity and Beauty: The Story of the Tiara’, Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo, 2007. Exhibition curated by Diana Scarisbrick, number 36 in the catalogue. 

Bonhams. Fine Jewellery London, New Bond Street. 13 Apr 2011 14:00