Cartier tiara, earrings, and necklace.

Rihanna’s hair by Yusef for Leonor Greyl Hair Care at Factory Downtown; male models’ hair by Amy Farid for Bumble and bumble at Kate Ryan Inc.; makeup and tattoos by Pat McGrath Labs; manicures by Maria Salandra for Chanel at Fr8me.com. Set design by Stefan Beckman at Exposure NY. Models: Deion Smith at Red model management; Chucky (aka Byron), Hirakish, and Sunny.

Photographs by Steven Klein, Styled by Edward Enninful

For her coronation as queen of the end of the world, Rihanna wore custom pieces by Jonathan Anderson of Loewe, Proenza Schouler, and John Galliano at Maison Margiela. To top it off, Rihanna also wore a diamond tiara and choker, both from the historic Cartier Collection, which contains 1,600 pieces from the 1860s through the 1990s that Cartier has purchased at auction. Many of these rare, one-of-a-kind pieces have traveled to museums including the Petit Palais in Paris, the British Museum in London, the Kremlin Museum in Moscow, the Palace Museum inside the Forbidden City in Beijing, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Cartier tiara (below) that Rihanna wore on the cover of W contains 1,048 diamonds and dates back to 1902. It was initially designed and commissioned for the Countess of Essex. In 1953, Clementine Churchill, the wife of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, wore the spectacular piece to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.


The choker (below), which Rihanna also wore on W's September cover, was first commissioned in 1906 by Mary Scott Townsend, a woman in high society in Washington in the early 20th century. The Cartier Collection bought back the piece in 1991 at a Sotheby’s auction. But this isn't the last time you'll see this remarkable piece--in 2018, it will be on exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

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See the making of W's September issue here: