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Revisiting an early Edwardian treasure that was the talk of the jewelry world especially around the time it went up for auction at @christiesjewels in the autumn of 2015: the @chaumetofficial Westminster Tiara. Crafted around 1910 in gold and platinum (the former serving as a base for the royal blue plique-à-jour enamelwork while the latter securely enhancing the icy-white brilliance of diamonds), the Kokoshinik-style design features repeating tendrils of forget-me-not motifs within graduated panels and an apex of openwork platinum, entirely set with diamonds. ••• Courtesy of Diana Scarisbrick: “The purchase of this tiara, created in Paris in 1911 by Joseph Chaumet for the wife of the English nobleman, the 2nd Duke of Westminster (1879-1953), coincided with the Coronation of George V and Queen Mary held on June 22nd of that year. Ruled by a monarchy at the heart of an Empire, English court life, which set the standard for the whole of Europe, was marked by displays of splendour. Of all the jewels worn on these very grand royal occasions, it was the tiaras, blazing from the heads of all the women present which contributed most to their brilliance.
For the Westminster tiara, Chaumet turned to Russia for inspiration and re-interpreted the halo-shaped 'kokoshnik' (cock's comb), worn over the veil with the picturesque national costume, and which gave every woman the appearance of being crowned. The trails of diamond flowers and leaves shining out from the translucent blue enamel filling the curved surface, are set in platinum so thin as to be almost invisible, and which gives full value to the sparkle of the stones. The recent introduction of platinum had brought commissions for new tiaras, at first for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902, and in the following years Chaumet had to break up many imposing Victorian "fenders" made of massive silver and gold for women who wanted lighter, more delicate effects, guaranteed not to cause them headaches.” The Chaumet Westminster Tiara sold on November 10, 2015 for 676,104 USD. 🌌 #beplatinum