The metal work of the tiara's and headpieces is rhodium plated, a tough precious metal, member of the platinum family. This is gradually worked with an ageing technique, Nina uses Swarovski and Austrian crystals that are also aged/distressed to give the design authenticity. Feathers are hand dyed and ironed to give the right fall and shape, an extremely time consuming procedure that creates the perfect head piece.
Each piece is created as a work of art, and they all hold there own as far a design goes. The Flower Tiara, 'Dante' remains a favourite amongst many, and Nina also finds 'Deir' to be a very special head piece.
''I see the Tiara's/Head Pieces as investements, timeless treasures that can be kept for many years to come. My focus is always on the impeccable attention to detail and fine craftsmanship with sophistication and elegance remaining the core of my work.''
Clear Swarovski crystals in aged silver rhodium plated setting
Made off Swarovski crystals and feather.
Amber/Topaz Swarovski crystals gold tone rhodium plated setting, on comb.
Swarovski crystal and feathers with faux pearl. Silver rhodium plated setting on double head band.
Tiara's at Grays Antiques - Showcase V023
Besides her wonderful range of tiara's and headpieces, Nina Rai also offers a fine collection of vintage, costume and antique jewellery. Find more information on her website: www.ninaraicouturehats.com