Transcript| 18 aug 2016
If you are considering a real tiara for your wedding day then here are some styles to consider as well as some few key points to bear in mind to make sure you get the tiara that is just right for you whether you are spending tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Whether you choose a spectacular antique tiara, or one that will make you feel and look like a Greek Goddess or a more simple contemporary design, make sure you plan well in advance.
In fact, think about the tiara along with the wedding dress, as it should complement the style of your dress and hair as well as your face shape and height and even the location of your wedding. And even if you happen to have a tiara in the family, it may need adjusting or adapting to your hair style or head shape, something that could take months.
And what better place in London to start our tiara hunt than at Bentley & Skinner on Piccadilly? Experts in tiaras and fine antique jewels Bentley & Skinner are by Royal Appointment, so you will be in very good company. Now this the go-to place for antique tiaras and the one that Lady Mary wore in her Downton Abbey wedding came from here. This tiara is from the early 1800’s with 45 carats of diamonds and could be yours for £145,000.
There is always a wide selection of antique tiaras to choose from and the tiara experts here suggested this very delicate Edwardian one with natural pearls for my daughter Siena who is our model for the day.
Omar Vaja: ‘See this lovely late Victorian tiara with the shape of the face, the softness of the pearl and the glisten of the diamonds will look just absolutely perfect.’
Most antique tiaras transform and many of them become necklaces like this one. The Downton Abbey tiara transforms into brooches.
Fresh from the workshops is this wheat motif tiara from Chaumet in Paris, a house that has been making tiaras since 1780 for the likes of Napoleon’s brides. The simple and very natural motif of wheat gives an air of classic Greek antiquity and is worn as a less formal head band.
Paris’s oldest jeweller Mellerio dits Meller has been making jewels for royalty since 1613 and has created this pretty tiara for modern day princesses that transforms into earrings and a bracelet.
Invest in a tiara an of course you will look like a princess on your wedding day but you will also have jewels you can wear on other occasions. But most important, you will have an heirloom for your family.