Something old, something new....

by Tamsin Francesca on February 18, 2013

 Last time we looked at the Kokoshnik, so this time, something you might have heard of! Why do we think floral when we think tiaras?

The second traditional tiara style is the Garland, whose origins are pretty clear from it's name. Originally worn by emperors and royalty in Ancient Greece, particularly the Hittites of Anatolia and Mesopotamia, the garland tiara was a richly decorated band of leather or fabric, covered in leaves, feathers and by the Assyrians, with jewels and precious metals. Also, these signs of authority were originally worn by men. If you want your groom to match, this is the one for you!

Roman emperors wore the laurel wreath; everyone knows the image of Caesar, although it's rumoured he wore his so much because of early onset baldness. Oh well.

The new Orchid Bridal Tiara marries the leaf motif of the Élan collection with delicate pearls to bring this ancient tradition to life for the modern bride. If you're not planning on wearing a veil, but still want something beautiful to enhance your up-do, the Orchid Bridal Tiara is the one to go for, it's tall enough to make a statement, but not quite as crown-like as the Baya Kokoshnik.

Pleasingly inmedieval England (and Western Europe) wreaths of flowers and leaves were worn as a sign of esteem, often tied at the back with a ribbon, although the cream of the crop would have a chaplet made of gold and jewels. Now we're more used to seeing these on the heads of little girls dancing round a May pole, or on teenagers in fields at festivals in a drizzly summer, but they were once a mark of honour. In medieval England first time brides wore them as a token of virginity.

Garland tiaras are always slightly curved around the head, so they can sit on top of the head. The only day you'll get to wear a crown and not look like you're a bit nuts, is the day you're Queen for a day, so on your wedding day choose a wedding tiara that will make you stand out. It's your day, so crown yourself with the leaves of the first tiaras, now brought up to date in the Orchid Bridal Tiara.


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