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I customized these pieces by structurally altering them to more closely resemble the originals.
My mother assembled this tiara herself, in the late 1950s, and we've never seen another like it. It was the first tiara I ever encountered, and the first one I ever wore. In 2010, I had the broken frame replaced with one that raised the tiara above the head, preventing it from being obstructed by the wearer's hair. This style of frame is often found on antique tiaras. It's wrapped in velvet ribbon to match the wearer's hair.
This was created from 2 half-replicas of the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. I had a jeweller weld them together, and mount them on a traditional style of frame to raise the tiara above the wearer's head, so it won't be obstructed by the hairdo.
This was a full round crown, purchased from Wah Mei, on AliExpress. I cut it open and carefully opened out the curve, to resemble the real tiara.
This was a full round crown, purchased from Wah Mei, on AliExpress. I cut it open, and carefully opened out the curve to resemble the real tiara.
The original tiara has a row of cabochon amethysts along the top. The replica only had large rectangular holes there. I hand-coloured a strip of clear acetate plastic, cut it to fit, and glued it behind the row of holes. When the light hits it, it glows with colour.
Sometimes, the Chinese tiara-makers go a little overboard with their designs. This "inspired by" replica had huge, gaudy spikes of rhinestones instead of the pearl spikes on the original. I cut off the rhinestone spikes, and replaced them with faux pearl spikes.
This necklace originally had CZ drops all along its length. I removed all but one, to turn it into a replica of Queen Victoria's original.
This replica had a string of faux pearls on it. I replaced them with a string of CZs to resemble the original.
I combined two identical necklace & earring sets to create this huge and heavy showstopper. Each drop is 3 inches long, including the round motif it dangles from.
The medallion is a bespoke piece from Juliette Designs, in England. I added a piece of red ribbon to the crown, to resemble the enamelled crown motif of the original. I made the pale aqua silk bow, complete with hand-fringing like the original.
I made this replica of the Garter of the Order of the Garter, entirely by hand. The base is a blue velvet belt, off a cheap handbag. The lettering is custom vinyl, purchased from an online store. I glued on rhinestones, to match the original. The motto of the Order of the Garter is "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense" (Shame on Him Who Thinks Ill of It).