Here is one of my tiaras, worn by a lovely model. The photo doesn't show how sparkly it really is. It is all crystals, prong set into white metal, probably used in a pageant of some kind
It was purchased at a thrift store. Yay for thrifting!
I posted this on the coral thread but I am going to post here too (because I am excited.) Here is my new coral and paste tiara from around 1835. I need to get a picture wearing it will all of my coral.
So I was watching (or rather listening to) Pawn Stars on TV when I heard someone say ''tiara'' and quickly tuned all my attention to what was on the screen!
Turns out a descendant of President and Mrs. McKinley had brought her diamond wing tiara to be apprised and eventually sold. Definitely not the usual jewel you see on a show like this and not the type of jewel you see owned by a seemingly regular bloke.
He said the piece was inherited by him and his brothers and since they can't split it, they'd like to sell it... for 75k. They had an appraiser - Greg Kwiat from Fred Leighton - who confirmed that the tiara might fetch 75k on the high street and commented on the good quality of the diamonds and the craftsmanship. The guy he negotiated with offered 35k, then 40k, but that's not what the descendant hoped for so he took some time to consider it...
Anyway, seems like he later bought the tiara for 43k and re-sold it to the McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in Ohio where it is now displayed.
Funny how the tiara was called ''the USA Crown Jewels'' on the show.