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.