Far Eastern demand helps tiaras to shine

Deemed a little ostentatious in some Western circles, tiaras remain popular with the so-called ‘new’ markets.

A late 19th century tiara set graduated sapphire and diamond clusters in silver and gold sold just over top estimate at £28,000 to a bidder from the Far East at Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) in Salisbury on January 25. It was cased and could be taken off the frame to be worn as a necklace. “The Chinese demand for tiaras seems to have surpassed that of the young Russians previous dominant in this market,” said head of department Marielle ...