Lotus & Palmette Tiara - perfect facsimile in simulated diamonds
The Palmette and Lotus Diamond Tiara was worn by Mary Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Mistress of the Robes, at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2nd June 1953. The version on display at Antiques for Everyone is a perfect copy created at the company’s workshop in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, for the recent House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth exhibition. The brilliant facsimile, produced using modern techniques, hand in hand with traditional skills.
The real Lotus tiara, which resides in the vaults at Chatsworth, was made for Louise Duchess of Devonshire (known as the Double Duchess) in 1893. It comprises 13 palmette motifs separated by lotus leaves, set on a base of three rows of diamonds. Like the original, this identical copy contains 1,900 diamonds - in this case simulated diamonds- each one painstaking set by hand; a task which took over 18 months to complete.
It is available to purchase - POD.