|The Barberini Sapphire Tiara|
|Other pieces in the set|
The tiara is modeled before its most recent auctionThese particular pieces are known to us via their history of auctions, rather than their former owners. The jewels were first sold by Christie’s as a parure in 1971 for $18,850. They were sold again, this time as four separate pieces, in 2009, and brought in close to $250,000 all together ($100,144 for the tiara alone). Floral tiaras are not my favorite overall, but this one does have a charm that makes me wish I’d had the checkbook power to scoop these up.
Sapphires in your floral tiaras, yes or no?
Photos: Christie's / Marco Secchi via Getty Images