Designer Stephen Webster is offering a custom service that aims to make the royally chic tiara every bit as modern as its client. “In the last five years, I’ve gotten more and more inquiries about tiaras,” notes Webster, who serves as chairman at crown jeweler Garrard & Co. in London and runs his own eponymous brand, which launched in 1989. “If there was a trend in tiaras today, I would say that they are daintier and more edgy.”
Accordingly, many of Webster’s latest concepts are imbued with the chicly sharp thorn and delicately fantastical floral motifs often seen on his jewelry and are made to be worn to the side of the head—and with a portion of their design somewhat concealed, they appear more like hair ornaments than statement-making crowns. Though traditional tiaras with larger gems often made a bolder statement, they were usually made to be convertible—prominent jewels from many historical designs can be removed and worn as necklaces or brooches.
Webster’s bespoke service can repurpose heirloom gems into a custom piece, refurbish an antique, or craft a design from scratch with gems the client chooses—colorful rubies, emeralds and sapphires are a vibrant take on the traditional diamond-covered design. A totally bespoke design typically takes at least three months to complete at his London atelier and ranges from $15,000 to $45,000.