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?