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Yes it is a tiara, and no it is not for every day use. It is just one of those things we bought just to have it without even knowing if we would ever sell it. It's an intriguing object of beauty. The tiara has a screw system that allows you to (un)screw the wings and place them on a brooch. At the back of the tiara there is a system in which you can click either the white ostrich or the colorful peacock feather with a little gold cone that holds a feather.
With the tiara-skeleton and brooch-skeleton came two pins. We are not sure if they belong to the tiara nor are we sure how the system would work that should attach the wings or the tiara to the pins, but we decided to leave them with it and let the next owner worry about it (or not).
Since we understand that there can be an “urge” to wear this tiara when in possession, we made a system that allows you to wear it. We made it in gold and used a black elastic wide band. But a skilled goldsmith could easily custom-make one into a smaller white band.
The whole set comes in the box we bought it in that has a name in the inside. The name is H.B.Lohman, juwelier (Dutch for jeweler) in the Gravenstraat 2B, Den Haag (The Hague – Netherlands). It is not sure though that this is the maker, it could also only refer to the seller.
Antique jewelry object group: ladies accessories, tiara
Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe it to be of French or Belgian origin.
Style: Victorian - (styles overview)
Period: ca. 1890 (events and facts in 1890)
Source of inspiration: mother nature
Theme: bird wings
Material: 18K red gold - (precious metals)
Diamonds: 116 rose cut diamonds, in the wings 55 each and the tiara skeleton has another six rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April. - (general birthstones explanation)
More background information on: tiara
Hallmarks: Dutch hallmarks - (general hallmarks info)
Condition: excellent condition - (our condition scale)
Dimensions: Height tiara approx. 6.80 cm (2.68 inch), width brooch approx. 7.10 cm (2.80 inch)
Weight: 38.50 gram (24.76 dwt)
Reference Nº: 09021-0188
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