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Wannabe princesses, rejoice. These days, getting your hands on your own tiara is much easier than finding Prince Charming.
Karolina Kurkova models pyjamas— and a tiara — in a current Victoria’s Secret catalogue, and Crowned, a new CW reality show, debuts this month with mother-daughter teams duking it out to win a pair of matching tiaras in a pageant finale.
As part of Harry Winston’s new snowflake-themed Diamond de Neige collection, there’s a tiara with 34.42 carats of marquise, pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds worth $215,000 US. Cartier has one valued at $455,000 US with diamonds, rubies, pink sapphires, morganite, green beryls, peridots, garnets and amethyst.
On a tighter budget? Hair accessory brand Scunci has an Art Deco-style silver and rhinestone tiara in its Vintage Glam collection for $9.99.
Of course, there are tiaras-as-toys for princess-crazed little girls and the silly kind for New Year’s Eve. But the real thing, the as-big-as-your-mortgage-lock-it-in-a-safe tiaras, are intended for women, for their weddings, birthday parties and charity balls.
“Something shocking happened last year,” says Susy Korb, executive vice-president and creative director of Harry Winston. “We sold two tiaras within two weeks in the U.S. … These were real people, accomplished people, celebrating life’s milestones with tiaras. Tiaras are such a happy piece of jewelry.”
They’re also an undeniable, in-your-face status symbol.”Tiaras were initially worn at ceremonies and festive occasions as an outward sign of privileged status — they revealed financial power,” Frederic de Narp, president and CEO of Cartier North America, says. “Tiaras were also used to convey a mood, make a style statement … a woman who wears a tiara stands out among those around her.”