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Crowning Glory: How the tiara came back into style

‘It was just over a decade ago that clients started ordering new bespoke tiaras from Cartier’s workshops in earnest. From Russia and the Middle East to China, the bejewelled semi-circular headpiece is back in vogue. “We’ve had Chinese brides order them not just for themselves, but their bridesmaids and their mother too,” Rainero explains. “Wedding tiaras are very popular now.”

These pieces aren’t as opulent as the large-stone-encrusted versions seen on European royalty at state banquets, but are rather less formal. “Tiaras are lighter now,” he continues, “but we still take on the challenge of making them transformable, into a necklace, bracelet and a brooch.”

The latest such example from Cartier is the Hyperbole tiara, of the new Resonances de Cartier high-jewellery collection, featuring a 140.21ct cabochon-cut emerald and over five carats of white diamonds. When fashioned as a tiara, it’s relatively narrow – worn just above the hairline, with all extraneous parts hidden by an up-do – yet saved from being anything but showstopping by the sheer heft of the emerald.’ wrote Jewellery Editor