One of the most impressive pieces we have come across in the last year is this natural pearl and diamond tiara. It came to us through a European family who had been disappointed by auction house estimates both here and on the continent and we were more than happy to give it a new home. It was in need of some careful and sympathetic restoration, but the results have been wonderful. Mounted in silver and gold, each pearl-set strawberry-leaf motif is detachable, forming a handsome series of dress-clips. Fashioned by a continental workshop in the mid-19th century, a diamond-set headpiece of this scale is an important survival from a rather more dressy age. Click here for more details.