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Top Ten Antique Tiaras

Here’s a list of my top ten favorite antique tiaras pictured on the internet.  They are listed in no particular order, though I am partial to the Strathmore Rose.  Which one is your favorite?  Is there an antique tiara, famous or not, that I missed? Be sure to comment and link to your favorites below.


For Lady Hesketh, c. 1910


For Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain by Cartier, c. 1920


For Queen Mary entitled the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara by E. Wolff and Co. for Garrard, c. 1913


Antique Tiara via Getty Images
An employee of Christie’s action house displays a rare antique diamond tiara by Faberge, circa 1890, FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images


For Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Queen Mother), entitled the Strathmore Rose, c. 1923


Unknown origin, c. 1890


By Louis-David Duval possibly for Empress Elizabeth, c. 1770


Antique Tiara for Queen Mary
For Queen Mary entitled the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara by Garrard, c. 1893





Top Antique Tiaras
For Princess Katharina Henckel Von Donnersmarc possibly by Chaumet, c. 1900


All That Glitters: Butterfly Brooch Exhibit

Lauren Thomann

Antique Star Motif from the Crown Jewels of Portugal

Lauren Thomann

“Most Valuable Diamond Ever Auctioned” at Sotheby’s in Geneva

Lauren Thomann


Alex H October 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm

What I miss here are some of the Imperial Russian jewels. The huge catalog book is possibly unavailable now, but included some striking tiaras. One in particular sticks in my mind: a really beautifully executed gold and diamond symmetrical stalks of wheat item. The book was published in the early ’70s, and was at least 600 pages.

Carin F October 3, 2013 at 11:51 pm

It’s really interesting to see different designer’s ideas of what a tiara should look like. Colored jewels vs white diamonds, intricate vs linear designs, use of pearls, etc. They’re all beautiful in their own way, even though they vary so widely!

Terri October 4, 2013 at 8:33 am

What was the name of the book with the Russina Imperial jewels? Would like to see if i can’t get my hands on a copy.

Janet Sutherland Bavido December 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

The circlets and tiaras created for the movie series The Lord of the Rings are really lovely, though not antique.

StarryDiadem April 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Lovely, and I particularly like the photo of the Spanish tiara – that’s the clearest image I’ve seen of that one, I think.

For information, though, the Fabergé tiara as not ‘made’ for Empress Josephine. She died 1814, Faberge was born 1846, this tiara was made
in his workshops in 1890 – so I’m afraid that whoever attributed the tiara to
her wasn’t correct. The briolette diamond drops *did* once belong to her, given
to her by Tsar Alexander probably in payment for some paintings he bought from
her. The diamonds descended through her family to her grandson who married a
daughter of Tsar Nicolas 1 – explaining why the diamonds ended up back in
Russia to be used by Faberge’s workmen to make this tiara.


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