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Victorian Pique Tiara


Popularized during the Victorian Era, pique is a technique of decorating tortoiseshell with inlays of gold and silver. By applying heat to small gold and silver shapes, jewelers could essentially iron the metal into the tortoiseshell. Pique jewelry is relatively rare for two reasons: first, because it's an organic material and didn't always stand the test of time; second, because the Victorians stopped using real tortoiseshell in favor of the cheaper faux variety, made from early plastic. This striking Victorian era pique hair ornament is near immaculate condition. The tiara is affixed to a tortoiseshell comb which swivels to accommodate the shape of your updo.


  • Materials

    tortoiseshell, silver & gold inlay

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very very good

  • Size

    4 1/2" x 1 1/8" tiara, 2 1/8" x 1/78" comb

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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.