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Tiara

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (west, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1835 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brilliant-cut diamond set in silver, with rubies set in gold, and a gold frame

  • Museum number:

    M.45:1 to 3-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 17, shelf D, box 4 []

Floral tiaras are very rare as they are usually broken down into separate sprays and sold as brooches. This tiara is formed of seven floral sprays. It has been worn as a necklace at some time in the past.

A love of nature was one of the most universal and respected sentiments in the 19th century. Naturalistic jewellery, influenced by the Romantic movement and the revived Rococo style, developed early in the period. Its success was due to the beauty and wearability of jewelled flowers and foliage, but also to the continuing interest in botany.

Until around 1830 the designs were stylised and delicate. Later, the ever-more precise copies of flowers, leaves, fruit and insects formed extravagant, colourful and complex compositions. Often the ornament included roses, lilies, chrysanthemums and fuchsias, the most fashionable flowers at the time.

Physical description

Wreath of brilliant-cut diamond flowers and foliage set in silver, with ruby stamens set in gold, in a gold frame. For wearing on the head or around the neck. The fitting to convert the piece into a necklace is a replacement for an earlier one.

Place of Origin

Europe (west, made)

Date

ca. 1835 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Brilliant-cut diamond set in silver, with rubies set in gold, and a gold frame

Dimensions

Height: 18.4 cm, Width: 17.3 cm, Depth: 2.5 cm

Object history note

Natural History Museum Exhibition RF.2005/164

Descriptive line

Wreath, for wearing on the head or around the neck, brilliant-cut diamond flowers and foliage set in silver, Western Europe, about 1830-40

Materials

Diamond; Silver; Ruby; Gold

Subjects depicted

Foliage; Wreaths; Flowers

Categories

Jewellery; Hats & headwear; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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