The Fitzwilliam tiara, circa 1820

In naturalist taste, designed as a long spray of flowers, leaves and buds forming a half circle, the front surmounted by crossed leafy stems centred and flanked by flowers, detachable to be used as earrings and a brooch, set throughout with cushion-, pear-shaped and circular-cut diamonds, with a back chain for converting the tiara as a necklace, inner length approximately 322mm, length of back chain approximately 212mm.


Boston, Crowning Glories: Two Centuries of Tiaras, Museum of Fine Arts, 1 March - 25 June 2000


Exhibition catalogue, D. Scarisbrick, Tiara, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2000, pp. 70-71, illustrated