No better occasion than a royal visit to whip out the best family jewels, say the Crawleys of Downton Abbey. As you may already know, the critically-acclaimed, award-winning period drama series is getting the big-screen treatment, and news has just poured in that the film is going to boast some mighty fine (read: historic and humongous) gems.
Set in the jazzy, tumultous Prohibition era, you can definitely look forward to some seriously swingin', achingly elaborate '20s fashion...topped, naturally, with glittering antique diadems from heritage jeweller Bentley & Skinner. After all, diamond tiaras were still en vogue among the aristocracy in 1927, so you can bet that a call from the King and Queen of England will ensure that the Crawley ladies will be crowned with only their most lavish finery.
Additionally, Emmy-nominated costume designer Anna Robbins worked hard to make sure that each tiara suited each character's distinct personality to a tee. In an interview with British Vogue, she said: "Jewellery always requires a lot of research, and the film has been the perfect opportunity to break into the diamond stores of the Crawleys. Tiaras are always particularly fun to work with. It’s been wonderful to use more of them now that the female leads are married." Back then, etiquette dictated that a lady could only appear in a tiara during or after her wedding. In fact, that wasn't the only condition—along with a note on the dress code, invitations to big fetes often even included a line signifying if it was appropriate to wear one.
Rules aside, let's get to the fun stuff and talk numbers. The formidable Dowager Lady Violet (Maggie Smith) will have a fittingly grand, Victorian diamond openwork foliate tiara with a crowning stone weighing in at 2.25 carats perched on her head.
Her daughter-in-law Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern), is set to appear in an opulent Edwardian tiara with rose-cut diamonds on a yellow gold mount, totaling a weight of eight carats.
Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael), on the other hand, will wear a design from 1890, featuring nine diamond-set fleur-de-lis motifs.
No word yet on what the feisty Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) will be flaunting, but you can bet we're on the edge of our seats waiting to find out. A grand entrance to anticipate!
The Downton Abbey film opens in the Philippines on September 25, 2019.