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AP reporter Samantha Critchell tries on a tiara selling for $325,000 US at Harry Winston.

It’s hard not to smile when you’re wearing a tiara.

Susy Korb, creative director and vice-president at Harry Winston, insisted that if I was going to write a story about tiaras, I needed to try on one.

She was right: With a $325,000 US tiara on my head, I felt giddy, not at all silly. The more frivolity you wear with a tiara the better, says celebrity stylist Robert Verdi. “The dos and don’ts are really simple: They’re great for a party. They’re bad if you’re taking yourself too seriously.”