"I beg you will limit yourself to this ornament, even of which your charms have no need. This present should please you the more that it has not increased my expenditure, since it is composed of diamonds I possessed when I was a dauphin."Louis XVI to Marie Antoinette. In effort to curb her taste in wearing such tall plumes in her hair he offered her a beautiful diamond aigrette to wear instead.
|Spectacular old mine cut diamond and sapphire oversized feather brooch from Fred Leighton -- the one that fashion baron, André Leon Talley, borrows from time to time. Image source New York Social Diary|