A pretty vintage AB rhinestone tiara with ivy leaves motif
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear
SIZE: 3 ins h x 6 ins diameter adjustable (7.5 x 15 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1960s – 1970s
MATERIALS: metal, rhinestones
This beautiful Hollywood Regency design tiara probably dates from the mid century and is made in an attractive leaf and floral design set with AB rhinestones. The base material is a lightweight copper colour.
The ornament can be worn in a number of ways and so is very versatile as a potential bridal headdress. It can be placed as a headband, across the top of the head or forward facing as a tiara around a bun or up do. It can also be placed flapper style across the forehead for fancy dress or pageants.
The floral design is reversible, so the ornament can be worn in even more ways. There are metal loops at each end through which elastic, ribbons or bobby pins can be threaded to secure it firmly in place.
Hollywood Regency is an American style which is sometimes known outside the USA as neo-Baroque. It evokes all the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood movies, hence the name. In hair accessories and jewellery it is usually characterised by elaborate designs featuring bold settings of rhinestones, intermixed with coloured stones and/or faux pearls. The most iconic pieces feature the use of so called AB (Aurora Borealis) rhinestones which are multi coloured. AB rhinestones were invented in the 1950s and so a piece which features them cannot be earlier.
Designs tend to be chunky and feature floral and naturalistic motifs, or bows, hearts and other romantic themes. As the name implies, it is a style intended to draw the eye and create an illusion of richness and opulence.
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Vintage Rhinestone tiara leaves motif hair accessory