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Everyone Wants To Be A Princess

“Tiaras are like a pair of high heels that make you stand tall and upright so you don’t slouch,” says Andrew Prince, a jeweler in Britain. “They are probably the most useless and yet the most wonderful piece of jewelry a woman can own.” In our culture of consumption, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings aren’t enough accessories anymore. Tiaras, which were once reserved for royal weddings, have been selling for higher prices over the past few years, and the jewelry director for Christie’s Europe said that he has seen parents buy a tiara for a daughter’s wedding — when the daughter was as young as five. While they could never be worn as an everyday accessory (even the Queen goes without), tiaras are quite lovely if worn correctly. We prefer the variety that does not resemble something that belongs in a pageant (photos after the jump). [Portfolio]

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Dutch Queen Beatrix at her coronation in 1980

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