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A diamond and natural pearl belle epoque tiara, circa 1900, worn here by Lady Alice Ludlow, nee Sedgewick. The tiara features open-work foliate scrolls, with interlocking garlands between three diamond motifs, topped with natural pearls.

A diamond and natural pearl belle epoque tiara, circa worn here by Lady Alice Ludlow, nee Sedgewick. The tiara features open-work foliate scrolls, with interlocking garlands between three diamond motifs, topped with natural pearls.

La Reina Olga dejaría los rubíes a su tercer hijo varón, el Príncipe Nicolás, que estaba casado la Gran Duquesa Elena Vladimirovna de Rusia (nieta del Zar Alejandro II).

Princess Elena of Greece, Princess Marina's mother, wearing the Greek Ruby Wreath tiara.

A diamond belle epoque tiara, 1910, worn by Baroness Gerard. The diamond fringe tiara, a staple of many a jewel box, especially as many could also be worn as a necklace.

A diamond belle epoque tiara, worn by Baroness Gerard. The diamond fringe tiara, a staple of many a jewel box, especially as many could also be worn as a necklace.

Isabel Maude Penrice, Countess Clancarty (d. 1906), née Bilton. [Stage name: Belle Bilton].

1902 Countess Clancarty, Isabel Maude Penrice, Countess Clancarty, née Bilton (stage name Belle Bilton) at coronation of Edward VII by Lafayette Photographic Studio

A belle epoque diamond tiara, being worn by Lady Delamere to Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in 1953, Ruth Ashley, as she was known before her marriage, was sister to Edwina Ashley, Countess Mountbatten.

A belle epoque diamond tiara, being worn by Lady Delamere to Queen Elizabeth's Coronation in Ruth Ashley, as she was known before her marriage, was sister to Edwina Ashley, Countess Mountbatten.

Queen Ena of Spain wearing the Fleur de Lys tiara. She wore the tiara throughout her life and never lent it to either of her daughters.

Victoria Eugenia, Queen of Spain, wearing The Fleur De Lys Tiara, made by the Spanish jewelry house Ansorena in The tiara was a wedding present from her husband, King Alfonso XIII.

Elizabeth Clerk, Lady Merthyr, wearing the Merthyr Tiara, United Kingdom (diamonds). © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Brooches and hair Elizabeth Clerk, Lady Merthyr, wearing the Merthyr Tiara, United Kingdom (diamonds).

A close up of Lady Elizabeth Smiley, and her lovely tiara, designed as a series of arches, with circular diamonds in each, not one I've seen before.

A close up of Lady Elizabeth Smiley, and her lovely tiara, designed as a series of arches, with circular diamonds

Mary Caroline, Countess of Erroll, wearing a variation on the classic fringe tiara, but more loosely clustered, so that the individual diamond pinnacles spread outward.

a close up of Mary, Countess Errol, her tiara better seen without her coronet

Mary Gwendoline, Lady Forwood, wearing the Forwood Tiara, United Kingdom (diamonds). © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Mary Gwendoline, Lady Forwood, wearing the Forwood Tiara, United Kingdom (diamonds). This has to be among the least attractive tiaras I've ever seen.

A diamond belle epoque tiara which has a marked similarity to the lesser Devonshire tiara, but with an extra diamond base. Designed as a series of nine anthemions, with smaller diamond spacers, rising from an intricate diamond band. Worn by Lady Myra Alice Fox. Photo taken in 1977.

Wearing a diamond tiara with nine anthemion motifs, with internal honeysuckle flower-heads, and slightly smaller fleur de lys spacers; rising from what looks to be an additional diamond open-work base.

The emerald tiara (fourth from the top) did not belong to the Empress Eugenie.  It was made for a German princess from stones that possibly belonged to the empress.

Crowns and Tiaras/karen cox. The emerald tiara (fourth from the top) did not belong to the Empress Eugenie. It was made for a German princess from stones that possibly belonged to the empress.