Tiaras rule: discover three contemporary takes marking the coronation of King Charles III
High jewellery houses create special-edition, contemporary tiaras to mark the coronation
High jewellery houses are marking the upcoming coronation of King Charles III in style, creating tiaras in celebration. From modern design codes and traditional references, discover the regal headwear going straight to the top of our wishlist.
Contemporary tiaras, a regal nod to the coronation
De Beers imbues tiaras with a contemporary edge in an offbeat and precious new high jewellery piece. Crafted from coloured titanium and platinum, the design (pictured top) centres around a spectacular pear-shaped diamond discovered in Botswana, the fruit of a partnership between De Beers and the country’s people. Here, its silhouette is a bold foil for the fluidity of the water which inspires it, encapsulated in electric-blue titanium and ice crystals of speckled white diamonds.
Lustrous pearls take the lead in Yoko London’s one-off piece created to mark King Charles III’s coronation. Nineteen matching Australian South Sea drop-shaped pearls bring a softness to an intricate diamond lattice in a traditional take on jewellery headwear.
David Morris notes its favourite royal commission was to mark the occasion of the 21st birthday of King Charles III, then the Prince of Wales. The jewellery house created a dragon mascot attached to the bonnet of an Aston Martin and presented to the prince by Queen Elizabeth II in celebration of his birthday, with the piece later spotted at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This diamond tiara may be a touch more understated, but its setting of over 24 carats of diamonds and its elegant design make it an enduringly special tribute.
Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.
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