Yep. You read that correctly. Wooden tiara. Beechwood to be exact. Your Blog Hostess found it in the back pages of Geoffrey Munn’s Tiaras: Past and Present (published 2002) and just thought it was the cutest thing. Not even cute…cool. Cool like the Fonz!
Yesterday, with Munn’s look-book held open, we leaned over to Mr. Blog Hostess and said, “Check out this bad-ass tiara!” Showing all the interest husbands show toward overpriced jewelry, he balked in surprise at the sight of it. Clearly not what he was anticipating. Then Señor Anfitrión de Blog agreed it was awesome. How often does that happen?
This tiara is so unique we had to make a new sub-category for it! [Wood!] This beechwood halo is said to represent “autumn leaves” and was designed by Tim Gosling for David Linley Furniture. The Linley Wooden Tiara was displayed in the 2002 “Tiaras” exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. But what would posses a furniture maker to take on a tiara?“David Linley” is the professional name of David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley better known as the son of Princess Margaret and the 1st Earl of Snowdon. Lord Snowdon is quite the shutterbug thus it’s no surprise that he earns the photo credit for the picture of his daughter-in-law, Serena, Viscountess Linley, sporting the washed beechwood baby.
Your Blog Hostess isn’t known for her dominance in the field of logic but it would make perfect sense for the leaves in this tiara to be representations of beech leaves, n’est-ce pas? Yet a cursory image search shows that the top leaves (above left) are birch leaves, not beech. It would appear that the leaves that create the tiara’s base are of the willow species.
Come on, amateur and possibly professional botanists! Prove us wrong! What foliage are dealing with here?