I don’t know about you, darlings, but I love crowns. Tiaras, diadems, coronets – anything grand and regal that can be worn atop one’s head. I have two tiaras myself – one that I acquired in college, with white and pink Swarovski crystals (hell yeah I went there) and one that my sister bought me for my bachelorette party in April.
If I were going to buy another one – short of emptying my retirement accounts and going real antique tiara – it would be a gold lace tiara from Monika Knutsson.
Monika Knutsson’s Cosette tiara is – as I mentioned above – an actual gold lace tiara. It’s made from antique Puy-en-Velay cotton bobbin lace from the 1930s that has been dipped in 24k gold.
Yes, really. You can read all about the process here – it’s fascinating.
The designer, Monika Knutsson, searches flea markets in Paris, Berlin, and New York for the finest lace remnants to immortalize in precious metal. In her own words:
“I want to add value to old, forgotten lace that once was made by very skilled women. It is a way to honor the craftsmanship of the lace makers and to create modern and beautiful pieces that will last for a long time.”
The majority of the lace that Knutsson sources for her jewelry is hand-made, and comes from petticoats, corsets, and bloomers dating to the early-to-mid 1900’s.
It’s the yellow gold version that’s stolen my heart, but this beautiful thing is also available in rose gold or sterling silver.
Like the idea, but the piece isn’t floating your boat? Check out these other gold-dipped lace hair pieces from Monika Knutsson:
All images and info in this post are thanks to Monika Knutsson.
Gregory James says
Great write up! I just received a beautiful diamond tiara in my store and it has been a hit. Such a classy piece!
Stumbled on your blog when I was researching some jewelry trends. I love your site!! Nice to read what you have to say and your pictures are awesome. Great job 🙂
I have a hand stamped online jewelry store and Etsy shop, so its nice to see have some fresh ideas – thanks for the inspiration! 🙂
Ooh, I’m into her lace cuff bracelets and the earrings on her site! Such a cool idea.
SO cool, right???
Super cool! I love hair combs but typically having shorter bobbed hair keeps me away from all those vintage ones I adore. This is a great creative reuse of unique objects (sadly, most of this stuff just gets tossed after an estate sale, etc.) and reconnection to history and decoration.
Always love reading your blog. You introduce me deeper to the world of fine jewellery. Thank you so much! I agree with what you said about loving something grand and regal that can be worn atop one’s head. Tiara attracts me this way as well. And what a sheer coincidence, I happened to have emptied most of my retirement accounts and really want for a real antique Austro-Hungarian tiara (story on my wordpress) this year. 😛