Friday, January 22, 2010

Vintage Jewelry Word of the Week - Aigrette

Today's vintage jewelry word sounds something like a long legged water creature, and actually has some similarity this exotic creature.

An aigrette is an ornate jewelled ornament which is worn in the hair. It is often decorated with feathers or glitter. Aigrettes were very popular in the early 20th century. The word comes from the the French word "egret", a white heron prized for its beautiful plumage.

The term also refers to a spray of gemstones worn on a hat or in the hair. One famous aigrette features a 61.50 carat (12.3 g) whiskey-colored diamond, "The Eye of the Tiger", was mounted by Cartier in a breathtaking turban aigrette for the Maharajah of Nawanagar in 1934.

The following are two photos of aigrettes. The second photo is the prized Eye of the Tiger.

Can you see yourself wearing one of these to your next cocktail party?

1 comment:

  1. As they say, "You learn something new every day!" and learning about vintage jewelry is no different, so today I learned what an aigrette is! :)

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