Towards the turn of the last century, new styles of tiaras developed and increased in popularity. At the same time, a newly wealthy class of industrialists were becoming America's aristocracy and began to entertain with the same extravagance of European royalty. The charity ball and numerous private parties were new forms of socializing that gave stylish women an opportunity to wear tiaras outside of the traditional Court functions. The laurel wreath, acanthus and garland motifs were traditional types of tiaras, however, contemporary jewelers invented new styles to rejuvenate headpieces and jewelry. This tiara was purchased by either Nanaline or James B. Duke in 1924 and is an excellent example of the early Art Deco tiara. Designed to sit low on the forehead, rather than on the top of the head, this was the perfect look for the cropped boy's hairstyle favored at the time. The bandeau, with a geometric all-white diamond and platinum design, would have complimented perfectly the long sautoirs and straight and narrow silhouette.