2009/03/10

Could it be a tiara?

Yes, it is a tiara




Victorian tiara in red gold with rose cut diamonds can be worn as broochVictorian tiara in red gold with rose cut diamonds can be worn as broochVictorian tiara in red gold with rose cut diamonds can be worn as brooch

Some time ago when walking through the Victoria & Albert Museum in London a little show case grabbed my attention. In it were objects from older times (not uncommon in a museum) and an invitation to the visitors to guess what the use was of those objects. Special pliers used to widen the interior of the fingers of gloves, silver handles with a metal hook at the end that were used to pull on boots or to close a corset. It made me realize that mankind invented so many decorative “useful” things, and abandoned them as easily with the change of fashion season.

Will the tiara pictured above be the next thing of beauty in this line of superfluousity? We think not. Designed and skilfully made by our ancestors who thought that a tiara was inextricably bound up with the “robe de soirée” (French for “evening gown”). The tiara is an unexpected, surprising and yet very wearable piece of jewelry. While occasions to wear one are few and far between, the tiara is still considered the figurative and literal crown to the robe de soirée, making the bearer the princess of the night.


Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be



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