The word 'tiara' is Ancient Greek in origin from ‘τιάρα’, meaning ‘headdress of Persian kings’. The name first denoting the high-peaked headdresses of Persian kings, which were encircled by 'diadems' or bands of white and purple decoration. It dates back to the 1550s in English but did not come to describe the bejewelled headwear of Western royalty until the 18th century. Now, it is used to describe almost every form of decorative head ornament.
The largest collection of tiaras in the world is said to belong to Queen Elizabeth II. She frequently wears a tiara for formal events or on state occasions, and also lends them out to female members of her extended family, particularly when they get married.
Our specialist selection of antique tiaras include exquisite creations from the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras, completely original to the time period. Our antique tiaras date as far back as the 1890s, continuing through to the fabulous 1920s. They are adorned with natural unenhanced gemstones, such as the most precious of diamonds, rubies and sapphires; or rare and beautiful natural pearls, known for their lustre.
Creative jewellers also designed alterable tiaras which could be worn a number of ways, converting into necklaces, pendants, earrings, brooches and bracelets. Displaying astonishing skill and craftsmanship, these pieces continue to delight today with the myriad of ways they can adorn. Whatever the special occasion, we have options available for all tastes.