In which we have guests, part 27

For the second year in a row, I am turning over the blog to guest posters for the month of December. And for the second year in a row, we’ve had a great response–thirty-three requests for spots! For the next month you’ll be hearing from writers, editors, and other pros on a variety of topics. I always let the guest writers choose their own subject and give them carte blanche while they’re here. There are no limitations on topic or language, and this time we’ve got everything from favorite words to sexsomnia! Since I will be hunkered down doing revisions on the first of my new books for NAL/Penguin, I am turning comments off for the month. Most posters will include links to their own sites if you want to follow up with them. So, I wish you all the best of holiday seasons–peace, prosperity, good health, and a fabulous start to 2015. See you in the new year!

Today we welcome Ella Kay.

When Deanna Raybourn messaged me back in the day to ask me if I knew anything about a Victorian tiara made out of fox teeth, I knew it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. I write a blog called The Court Jeweller, which is dedicated to the amazing jewels worn by royal and noble ladies all over the world. I’m also a big fan of Deanna’s books, so as a Christmas gift to her and all of you, I’ve picked out a couple of stunning tiaras that I think would be just perfect for some of her characters. Hope it makes your holiday a bit more glittery!

(And seriously, if anyone knows ANYTHING about that fox-tooth tiara, get in touch with us tout de suite!)

THEODORA LESTRANGE: Queen Victoria’s Sapphire Coronet

The ingenue of a novel set in a castle in Romania needs a seriously Gothic tiara. I think Queen Victoria’s delicate sapphire and diamond coronet, designed by Prince Albert in the neo-Gothic style, would fit the bill just perfectly. (It’s also small and light, which is good just in case you’d need to, well, flee…)

LADY JULIA: The Oriental Circlet

[Getty Images link:]An amateur Victorian sleuth with a well-worn set of luggage, a boisterous family, a mysterious lover, and a dead husband needs an exciting tiara, right? I’d dip back into Queen Victoria’s jewel vaults to retrieve her oriental circlet for Julia, with its dramatic Indian-inspired arches and lotus flowers and its gorgeous blood-red rubies. I think even Brisbane might approve.

DELILAH DRUMMOND: The Westminster Halo Tiara

Only a 1920s socialite with a serious flair for the elegant and the dramatic could properly carry off this amazing, Eastern-inspired sparkler. And even better for the jet-setting Delilah, this tiara would fit in perfectly in a ballroom in London, a chic nightclub in Paris, and even a house party in Nairobi.

EVANGELINE STARK: Queen Mathilde’s Laurel Wreath

Evangeline is a 1920s action hero: a daring aviatrix who travels the globe and manages to get involved in a bit of an archaelogical scrape in the process. A serious heroine needs a triumphant tiara, and a wreath of mythological laurel in diamonds is spot on. She can wear it low across her brow in true ’20s style — and, of course, it will go perfectly with a certain emerald.

POPPY HAMMOND: The Papyrus Tiara

An American heiress who jilts her aristocratic fiance and becomes embroiled in Damascene adventure, Poppy needs a tiara for a new woman of the 1920s. I’m thinking she might have swiped a gorgeous and trendy bandeau like the Queen Mother’s papyrus tiara from the gift table on her way to becoming a runaway bride?
Ella Kay

Writer and Editor, The Court Jeweller