A Replica of Queen Elizabeth II's Stunning Vladimir Tiara Has a Cameo in the Downton Abbey Movie
As if we needed another reason to buy our tickets.
Who's excited for the Downton Abbey movie premiere this Friday, September 20th? (Raises hand and takes day off from work.)
While you may be most looking forward to seeing how the drama and love affairs unfold in the Crawley household, a large part of the appeal of the show—and now the film—is its incredible costumes and jewelry. Amongst the prettiest bedazzled pieces in the upcoming film will be a replica of the famed Vladimir tiara, as Town & Country recently shared.
The tiara has a fabled past, originating in Russia before it ultimately was sold to Queen Mary before being passed onto Queen Elizabeth II. Downton Abbey costume designer Anna Robbins spoke with Town & Country editor-in-chief Stellene Volandes on the remarkable replica: "For all the royal jewels depicted in the movie, we wanted pieces that the audience might recognize from our current royals that also worked in terms of style and proportion for the costumes," explained Robbins. "We were careful to choose pieces that were owned and in the possession of the characters depicted wearing them at the time."
The Vladimir tiara replica in the movie features Swarovski foil-backed stones instead of diamonds and the circles are set with a total of just over 370 main stones, the base ring with around 92 stones, and the "waves" are set with around 150 stones. We'll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for this blindingly beautiful tiara. Considering members of the royal family have publicly shared their love for Downton Abbey, we wonder what they'll think of the jewels. Something tells us Swarovski crystals wouldn't cut it at Buckingham Palace.