For Rent: Lady Mary's 'Downton Abbey' Wedding Tiara
The 45-carat tiara, worn by Michelle Dockery on the hit PBS drama, comes at a steep price.
All brides need a little something to borrow on their big day. How about the 45-carat tiara worn by Michelle Dockery on Downton Abbey?
Dockery originally wore the Georgian diamond floral piece in season three's first episode when her character, Lady Mary, wed Matthew Crawley, played by Dan Stevens. Today, the tiara is available for rent for 1,250 pounds (roughly $2,000) a day on top of a hefty 125,000-pound (roughly $200,000) deposit to cover the cost of the tiara, according to The Telegraph.
Lady Mary's headdress comes from British jewelry retailer Bentley & Skinner, which specializes in antique jewels and engagement rings. The U.K. jeweler's website describes the sparkling tiara as follows: “An Important Georgian diamond tiara, the tiara in the form of a garland spray of leaves and floral clusters, pave-set throughout with old-cut diamonds, weighing an estimated total of 45 carats, cutdown collet-set in silver to a yellow gold mount, convertible to two brooches, gross weight 75.5 grams on frame, circa 1800.”
Bentley & Skinner is famous for collaborating with artist Damien Hirst on his artwork, "For the Love of God," which features a sculpted human skull cast in 2,156 grams of platinum and set with 8,601 perfect diamonds.
The tiara worn by Dame Maggie Smith during the season two Christmas special is also available for rent at 5,700 pounds (roughly $9,000), alongside a similarly pricey deposit.
So, want to feel like a lady for your big day? Prepare to pay the price.