Tiara: A decorative jeweled or flowered headband or semicircle for formal wear by women.
Undoubtedly one of the most famous bridal tiaras was worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day. Although many modern brides choose to wear a tiara on their wedding day; the tiara has evolved for centuries to become the elegant crowning glory that we adore today.
Tiaras are believed to have originated in Ancient Egypt when they made circlets or crowns for the mummies. Greek Gods wore head ornaments, or Diadem, that bound around the head like a halo made of foliage and flowers. The actual word "tiara" originated in Ancient Persia where a tall jewel embellished tiara was made for the king to wear. Crowns or headdresses represented authority or royalty. During the reign of Napolean, tiaras were worn to announce his and his family's affluence and nobility and was a required accessory for his court at all social functions....And so in the early 1800's tiaras were becoming less about power and more about high fashion. It was then that brides began wearing jeweled tiaras on their wedding day.
In the 1840's, Queen Victoria of England was a trendsetter. She was the first monarch to wear white on her wedding day and she also wore a beautiful tiara. as with the tradition of wearing a white wedding gown, brides also adopted the "bridal tiara" as part of their wedding ensemble until WWII when such extravagance was no longer realistic to the common bride.
When the tiara's popularity reemerged in the 1950's, with the help of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's; the tiara was no longer for the rich and the royal. By replacing gemstones with rhinestones, the tiara maintains all its beauty and elegance with an affordable price tag.
The rhinestone tiara has become a standard bridal accessory. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, adorned with crystals and pearls. They are also available with custom color rhinestones to compliment the wedding color theme.
A bridal tiara represents elegance and sophistication and is the bride's crowning glory as she celebrates being a princess for a day.Source URL: http://weddingdressez.blogspot.com/2010/03/bridal-tiara.html
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