During last night’s much-anticipated Downton Abbey Season 3 premiere—spoiler alert!—leading lady Mary got blissfully hitched to the love-of-her-life-who-just-so-happens-to-be-her-distant-cousin, Matthew Crawley. Finally. And though it sure was conservative, we loved the character’s perfectly era-appropriate wedding gown. With its long sleeves, high neckline and delicate pearl beadwork, the look was Downton‘s most pricey costume to date—at least when you include the ensemble’s finishing touch, a 45-carat diamond tiara created by U.K. jeweler Bentley & Skinner and valued at $200,000. Talk about crowning glory.
The best thing about said headpiece? Unlike Mary’s thoroughly ’20s nuptials dress, her eye-catching hair accessory looks perfectly right for today. And you don’t have to be marrying an heir to pick up one of your own—similar tiaras can be had for far less than the Downton production team spent. Click through to shop a few sparkling headpieces inspired by Lady Mary’s.
Photo: Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE
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