Tiaras Past and Present
  • Imprint: V & A Publishing
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2008
  • Price: $16.95
  • Trim Size: 7 14 x 8 14
  • ISBN: 1-85177-534-X
  • EAN: 9781851775347
  • Page Count: 128
  • Illustrations: 80 Color
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: North America

Any woman who has ever wanted to be queen for a day understands the appeal of that most magnificently impractical of accessories, the tiara. Once an aristocratic status symbol, more recently worn by brides as a symbol of love, the tiara today is enjoying a tongue-in-cheek style revival. In this gem of a book, Geoffrey Munn, jeweler by appointment to the British monarchy, presents both classic and contemporary interpretations of diadems and headdresses spanning two centuries. The featured designers include Fabergé, Cartier, Boucheron, Van Cleef, and Versace. From priceless pieces commissioned by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria to a punk-rock acrylic creation by Vivienne Westwood, the photos and accompanying histories are sure to thrill royal watchers and fashionistas alike.

About the author

Geoffrey Munn is managing director of Wartski, Jewelers by Appointment to the British Royal Family. He is also a well-known British media personality who frequently appears on television and radio, in particular as the jewelry expert on the British version of Antiques Roadshow.