Jumping briefly from the beginning to the end of the project, I took the opportunity today to rework a simple tiara to resemble one of Queen Victoria's coronets/tiaras. For attendance at the Festival's Grand Ball and other evening events I was inspired by Winterhalter's 1846 painting of the Royal Family to recreate the sapphire tiara worn by Her Majesty.
|The Royal Family in 1846, by F.X. Winterhalter, Oil on canvas, 1846. Royal Collection|
This tiara was part of a suite, consisting of a sapphire tiara, earrings and brooch, that were designed for Victoria by Prince Albert.
To recreate this, I used silver jewellery wire to attach deep blue Lapis Lazuli beads to simple silver and crystal bridal tiara.
|The original tiara|
|The Lapis Lazuli beads|
|The completed tiara|