According to tradition, a royal bride wears a tiara on her wedding day. Queen Elizabeth II wore a tiara for her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh, as did Princess Diana, who wore the famous diamond Spencer tiara, a family heirloom piece. What tiara will princess-to-be Kate Middleton wear if she so chooses to for her April 29th nuptials to Prince William? A likely conclusion would be that the Queen will lend her a tiara from the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom collection. However, in anticipation of this momentous royal accessory, InStyle tapped the creative minds of some of our favorite jewelry designers to see what they would design for Middleton’s special day. See tiara sketches for Middleton from:
Since its founding in 1854, Royal Asscher has a long history with royalty, often designing pieces for the Crown Jewels collection. Now, one of Royal Asscher’s designers—Canadian jewelry designer Reena Ahluwalia—sketched a tiara for Middleton. “This tiara is set with 36 Royal Asscher-cut diamonds, as well as pear and round shaped white diamonds,” said Ahluwalia. “The tiara is placed on the forehead, which is inspired by 1920s style and the Strathmore Rose Tiara placement. We have imbued our tiara with romance and wishes for love that is long-lasting. Flowers and buds represent nature's most beautiful creations and here they symbolize the blossomed love between Kate and Prince William.”
Historically-rooted jewelry house Van Cleef and Arpels, which was founded in 1896, described its sketch as a “tiara set in 18-karat white gold with round and pear-shaped diamonds, and round sapphires.” Van Cleef & Arpels knows a thing or two about dressing famous political women, as previous designs by the label have been worn by First Lady Jackie Kennedy, Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, and the Duchess of Windsor.
OMG ♥, it looks like a peacock.
Chopard, a jewelry house founded in 1860, designed a tiara that features hundreds of pear-shaped and round diamonds. Marion Cotillard and Kate Beckinsale are just a few of the celebrity fans who love this jewelry.
“Elegant with a hint of art nouveau would be a great chic addition,” explained designer Alexis Bittar of his design, whose graphic jewelry has been worn by Michelle Obama, Natalie Portman, and Cameron Diaz.
“Every time I go to London, I always visit the Crown Jewels, which always inspire me,” explained Judith Ripka, who has decorated Hollywood stars like Christina Hendricks and Brooke Shields since founding her jewelry company in 1977. “When Prince William and Kate announced their engagement, I could not help but start sketching what I believe to be the perfect tiara for Kate to wear on such a special day.” The result is shown here.
Isharya designers (and sisters-in-law) Radhika and Gauri Tandon have a young Hollywood following with fans like Keri Hilson, Selena Gomez, Hilary Duff, so they wanted something more modern for Middleton. “When envisioning a contemporary tiara for Kate’s upcoming nuptials to Prince William, Isharya took inspiration from its own shattered mirror glass collection,” explained the Tandons.
“A tiara is the ultimate piece of jewelry to make a woman feel truly special for any affair,” explained Guy Bedarida, head designer and creative director for John Hardy, whose designs have landed on Carrie Underwood, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rihanna. “There is a movement to the design just like a wind of youth blowing in the air and I was inspired to create a piece that is light and understatedly elegant, just like the future princess.”
“The Tacori Tiara would be the regal statement of a married lady, and of her grand entrance into one of the greatest Royal houses in history,” said the designers behind Tacori, the 1969-founded jewelry company that counts Kate Beckinsale, January Jones, and Jessica Biel as fans.
Fenton/Fallon designer Dana Lorenz describes her tiara as, “an asymmetric, mixed cut diamond and platinum tiara with a diamond pave braided base, to simulate a braid in the hair.” The designer has previously collaborated with J.Crew for a collection and her designs have landed on First Lady Michelle Obama.
“There is nothing like the beauty of Mother Nature to make us feel wholly human—a grand way to start a life together,” said Cathy Waterman, who counts Leighton Meester, Dianna Agron, and Julia Roberts as fans.
Swarovski collaborates with many jewelry designers, each with different specialties. One is Rodrigo Otazu, who produced this elaborate sketch.“Fairytale was my idea behind the crown,” he explained of his design, which he named The Crown of Eternity. “Something modern, but still classic and young.”
Otazu designed another tiara, which he named The Crown of Love Arrows, shown here. “She is such a natural beauty that I want to keep it simple and elegant and modern,” Otazu explained of this design for Kate Middleton. “I look into modern architecture and thought of arrows of love... and that’s where it all started. Let love rule forever!”
“I was brainstorming and thinking about what Kate represents to the United Kingdom and the world,” explained jewelry designer Anita Ko, whose designs have been worn by Victoria Beckham and Susan Sarandon. “Currently, she is England’s most precious bird. I feel like she brings excitement and glamour to the royal family, and she looks radiantly happy, like she’s flying. So my tiara is a bouquet of beautiful rose gold feathers with diamond stems. I feel like it fits Kate Middleton — the world’s modern princess.”