For many generations, both men and women of high standing have embellished their heads with tiaras and crowns to symbolize their power. Tiaras are ornamental jewels traditionally worn by women of high status on their heads during important occasions. Tiaras worn by these high-status women are made from Gold, Silver, Diamond, or other precious metals and stones.
But through the years, the wearing of Tiaras has also been popular during weddings, prom, homecoming, and beauty pageants. These Tiaras are often made from less expensive materials like rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, or sometimes plastic. The following are some facts compile by my friend Nigel from Decking Newcastle who bought a wonderful Tiara to her gorgeous fiance Camila last month.
History of Tiaras
It was said to be that Tiaras started in ancient Greece when garland-like hair adornments were placed on the heads of sacred statues or athletes and warriors to honour their victories. These head garlands were also used during weddings and feast and worn by high ranking officials. The Romans continued this tradition of wearing head ornaments.
In the 18th century, Tiaras appeared and worn widely by high-status women. Goldsmith of that time was able to set gems, gold and diamonds on beautifully crafted gold tiaras. This elaborate head ornaments became a symbol of affluence and status. During this time, titles were given to the wealthy, which elevated them to the aristocracy.
A tiara owned by Queen Charlotte was described to have large emerald drops with borders made of rose diamonds. It was offered by Christie’s after her death in 1818. It became even more popular in the 1870s when new sources of diamonds were discovered in South Africa
In the past few decades, the wearing of Tiaras has made a resurgence fueled by high-profile weddings, coronations and exhibitions. Today Tiaras are worn during white-tie dinners, formal state events, coronations and weddings. Before, tiaras were only worn by modern women and given to a bride on her wedding day. But now the tradition has become blurred, and rules of wearing them have changed.
During the 18th century to the early part of the 19th century, various gemstones were used for tiaras. These gemstones included pearls, corals, amethyst, topaz and others which were sometimes combined with diamonds. But in the later parts of the 19th-century diamond became very popular.
Tiaras made from precious metals and diamonds cost a significant value and reserved for royalty. The Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, owned by the British Royal Family, was bought an auction at an amount of $747,000 in May 1981. But now its value has been estimated to be between 1 to 2 million dollars. Another tiara, the Marie Therese Emerald and diamond tiara have an estimated value of 1 million dollars.
Diamond Tiara’s worn during Royal Weddings.
Traditionally, Tiaras are worn by women for the first time during their wedding day. Several types of Tiaras have been seen worn during recent royal weddings.
The Spencer Tiara was used during her wedding and has been a family-owned heirloom that dates back to 1919. Princess Dianna’s sisters also wore the same tiara at their respective marriages.
King George VI commissioned the Cartier Halo Tiara in 1936 as a gift to Queen Elizabeth. The tiara was made from 149 baguette diamonds and 739 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The Queen mother then handed down the Cartier Halo tiara to Princess Elizabeth in 1944 during her 18th birthday. Kate Middleton wore that Cartier Halo Tiara during her royal wedding in April 2011 and has become one of the most recognizable tiaras in recent history.
Meghan Markle wore the Queen Mary’s Bandeau tiara during her wedding with Prince Harry in 2018. It has a diamond set in 11 sections overlaid with ovals. Queen Mary originally wore it during her marriage with Prince George.
According to Christie’s, it is possible to find affordable tiaras during their London auctions, with prices starting at £3,000 smaller versions.