• Where does the tiara come from?
  • What is the difference between a tiara, a diadem and a headband?
  • What should I mind when choosing a tiara with jewels and diamonds?

Following in the footsteps of glamorous and regal brides like Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, many brides dream of finishing their wedding day appearance with a lavish tiara adorned with jewels and diamonds. Since they exist in many shapes and sizes, most every bride will be able to find one to her tastes. But where does the tiara come from? How is it different from other hair jewellery?

Where does the tiara come from?

Although the exact origins of the tiara are unknown, the use of them stems from at least as early as the 9th century in ancient Persia, where they were used to denote the status and wealth of Persian kings. The ancient Greeks and Romans used similar headdresses, mostly inspired on laurel wreaths. As their empires declined, however, so did the common use of tiaras. They, however, made a comeback with the classic revival of the 18th century. Since their revival, they have hardly ever been worn by men and are now a mostly female jewellery type.

Although tiaras have mostly been associated with royalty throughout the years, their use for non-royals, especially for weddings, has been steadily increasing since the beginning of the 21st century. 

What is the difference between a tiara, a diadem and a headband?

Tiaras stand upright on the front of the head and are semi-circular. They are reminiscent of crowns and exude a mostly formal atmosphere. Diadems and headbands are far more similar to each other than to tiaras, in that they are both fully circular and worn flat on the head instead of standing upright. Moreover, they can both be worn either placed on the forehead, hidden away inside the hear or around the head on top of the hair. The main difference between the two is that headbands usually consist of flexible material such as fabric, even when they are adorned with jewels and diamonds.

Diadems, on the other hand, are usually composed mainly from precious metals and are rigid as a result. To heighten the wearing comfort of such a rigid head piece, the metal often only forms a semi-circle, with fabric or ribbon attached to create the full circle and tie the piece together. Headbands and diadems are far less formal than tiaras.

What should I mind when choosing a tiara with jewels and diamonds?

When choosing a tiara to wear on your wedding day, many factors come into play. Firstly, make sure that your dress is suited for a tiara. For both of them to work together, they need to give each other space. Large, ornate and sparkling dresses tend to do better with subtle headbands and diadems than with tiaras, which are always a statement in and of their own. Moreover, the tiara should also match the rest of your bridal set. They are easily combined with subtle and toned-down jewels and diamonds. If you prefer wearing large diamonds earrings and necklaces, then avoid tiaras as all of them combined will make your elegant bridal look a little loud. Is your tiara your absolute priority? Then feel free to pick out the perfect piece first and create the rest of your bridal look around it.

Where can I have the tiara of my dreams made? Which types of jewels and diamonds go best with the look I have in mind? Contact the diamond jewellery experts at BAUNAT for your perfect wedding day headdress.

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