When the time comes to walk down the aisle, you will most likely already have a diamond ring twinkling on your finger, waiting expectantly to be joined by a wedding band. You may also have some diamonds scattered around your neckline, circling your wrists or hanging from your ears. But there is one more place that a bride can enjoy the glamorous sparkle of diamond jewellery on her wedding day and that is in her hair.
For this year’s brides-to-be, here are five of the most luxurious bridal jewellery hairpieces on the planet, all set with glittering diamonds, which are sure to become family heirlooms.
Every bride wants to transform into a princess on her wedding day, and this classic Chaumet tiara will certainly do the trick. The tiara is from the Empress Joséphine high jewellery collection, which is a tribute to the French jewellery house’s first muse, Empress Joséphine, who was married to Napoleon. At the heart of the platinum tiara, which is fully set with round white diamonds, is a striking pear-shaped sapphire, so you can consider your "something blue" covered.
For brides who want to bring a bit of colour to their wedding day, the Imperiale rose gold, amethyst and diamond headband from Chopard’s Empress Jewellery Box collection will do just that. The five-piece capsule collection was designed for an imaginary modern empress, with each creation meant to represent a “jewellery daydream”. The Chopard tiara itself plays on the Maison’s Imperiale motif, with a rose gold band set with diamonds and more than 11cts of vivid purple amethysts.
For brides-to-be who appreciate the whimsical humour and outright Britishness of Theo Fennell’s designs, the luxury house has created a very special hairclip that will bring an extra layer of quirky charm to your bridal jewellery. The Diamond Bee white gold and diamond hair slide has been decorated at one end with a fat bumblebee bedecked in white diamonds, with a further strip of sparkling gems along the length of the slide, taking the carat count to 0.51ct. While beautiful at any time of year, this delightful character would be perfect for a hazy summer wedding.
Graff jewellery has an enchanting selection of very regal tiaras, but for something a little more modern, there is this floral-inspired, diamond-set Alice band. More than 21cts of round white diamonds have been used to create the headband, which is embellished at one side with a bouquet of intertwining stems, delicate leaves and blossoming petals. For brides-to-be who want all the glamour and luxury of diamond jewellery but without the pomp, this is a perfect compromise.
The Asclepias mother-of-pearl, platinum and diamond earrings from designer Fei Liu were originally made to be worn as earrings, but they can also be worn as clip-on hair ornaments, as Memoirs of a Geisha actress Ziyi Zhang proved at a film premiere a few years back. The platinum cage-like structure has been embellished with bezel-set round brilliant diamonds and tiny buds of white mother-of-pearl shaped like the Asclepias flower. The lustrous tones of the shell will complement a classic white or ivory gown, and will make for a pleasingly alternative look to traditional tiaras.
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Rose gold, white diamonds and purple amethysts feature in this Imperiale headband from the Chopard Empress Jewellery Box collection.
This quirky Diamond Bee hair clip was crafted in white gold and diamonds by Theo Fennell in London.