24 thoughts on “All the Pretty Tiaras on Victoria

  1. Besides being pretty, they are driving me to chocolate and I shouldn’t binge eat. But I do wonder why the tiaras are all over the period date wise. I don’t believe the Pallisers had that problem when made in the 1980s or Downton Abbey did but you think they might have gotten more date right tiaras by renting them or borrowing from collections in the UK.

        1. Ernst is also Juan Borgia from The Borgias. I just finished that show a couple of months ago. So it really took me some time to work past my aversion.

          But yeah. Ernst is hot.

  2. Generally the eBay ones are resold from China; I’ve been buying more direct for less money, although the shipping is usually 3-4 weeks.

  3. What do you mean, “let’s put aside Rufus Sewell”? At least send him my way, I may have use for him (hehe…)
    And I’d never have gotten my degree in tiaralogy, I’m sad to realize. I’m all confused by the bling…
    Also, I’d love to put my hands on those necklaces and drag them a few times through wet ashes to tone down the shiny (that’s what I do with my own Chinese stuff to give it a bit of age… Works a treat!)

  4. As you suggested above, this bugs the hell out of me…it’s shameless self promotion but if you’re looking for a quality historically inspired tiara, completely handmade, rather than a cheap eBay knock off, that’s my business and my passion. Samantha Walden vintage tiaras (I still have enough humility to not post a link. Just about)

  5. That is HILARIOUS — who’d’ve thunk the creators of a BBC drama buy stuff off Ebay? TV producers: they’re just like us!

    1. I think it’s a mix of high-quality repros and made-from-the-tears-of-Chinese-orphans knock-offs from eBay. Still, there appears to have been little thought given to the dating of the tiaras in general, except for getting the Fringe Tiara sort-of right in terms of era (still, it’s the wrong fringe tiara, but we’re just picking nits at this point). I’m thinking that might have been an accident. :P

    2. It’s not a BBC production; it’s ITV, one of the commercial networks. ITV pays far less attention to period accuracy than the BBC, because its mandate is to maximize revenues, with independent productions.

  6. The random tiara of Victoria’s reminds me of her Oriental Circlet Tiara:


    I am still bemused as to why they randomly made the Duchess of Kent a blonde when she clearly had very dark brown hair in all her portraits/photographs. I get that they’re probably trying to make differentiate between her and Victoria, but it just seems so clichéd. Of course, I think the way they’ve treated the Duchess’s character in the series overall has been pretty bad; they’ve thus far neglected to mention that she had two other children from her previous marriage.

    1. Only the Duchess’ daughter (Feodora) from her 1st marriage lived with her in England, and only until she married (1828). The Duchess was pretty much in thrall to Conroy, as he was executor of the Duke’s will, although he wasn’t able to persuade the Duke to make him Victoria’s guardian. It was discovered much later that Conroy had robbed the Duchess blind, as well as Princess Sophia, a daughter of George III.

  7. Now I want a fringe tiara.

    My question about the show: why don’t any of Victoria’s gloves fit? I know she’s tiny, but–floppy fingertips!

  8. For those who need another rabbit hole to fall down, or just need some happy, sparkly times, Sarah’s article reminded me if one of my other favorite fug gifts (I found Frock Flicks thanks to go fug yourself. :) ), Order of Sartorial Splendor: http://orderofsplendor.blogspot.com/?m=1 Happy time wasting!!

  9. Last night was the final episode of the season. PBS had a special afterwards as its pledge drive. The announcer/host, who bothers me for some reason, questioned Rufus on the Vicbourne romance and even interjected that Victoria proposed to Lord M. Wisely Rufus said nothing. It never happened and the host was so stupid.

  10. I can’t seem to find any of the tiara’s that Jenna wore on the show on ebay. I know I’m late to the party but I sure could use some help.

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