A pretty mid century bridal or pageant tiara with classic rhinestone trim
CONDITION: good vintage condition with expected wear for age
SIZE: 2 ins h at center front (5 cm) 5 ins diameter adjustable (13 cm)
APPROXIMATE DATE: 1950s – 1960s
MATERIALS: metal, rhinestones
Here is a pretty rhinestone studded crown or tiara, which probably dates from the mid 20th century. The ornament may originally have been for theatrical or costume use. However it would make an ideal headdress for a bride who likes the vintage look!
The basis is white metal and has a lower border of large prong set rhinestones where it rests on the hair. This is surmounted by three leaf shaped motifs, with that in the centre being slightly larger and having a trefoil form. These are encrusted with the same prong set circular stones, all of which are as brilliant as the day when the ornament was made.
There are loops at each extremity through which elastic or ribbons may be passed to secure it.
This is certainly a very beautiful and classic tiara, not too large or showy for modern taste.
One of the signature “looks” of the mid 20th century was a style which we call Hollywood Regency, and which was pure glamour and glitz. It favoured glittering rhinestones, often combined with coloured stones and materials, faux pearls and elaborate gold or silver tone settings.
Some of the most beautiful and high quality jewellery and hair ornaments in this style were produced in the USA. We can say that the influence of Hollywood and the great screen goddesses of the 1940s and 1950s were of great significance in promoting this larger than life look.
Early in the decade, it was designed to mimic the “real thing” with, at times, a slight exaggeration. The major difference, of course, was that the lovely ornaments were not made of gold or platinum or set with precious gemstones. They were made of base metals that were gold-plated or rhodium-plated and set with synthetic stones or glass imitations from Austria and Czechoslovakia.
The final picture shows a collection of hair accessories from this mid century period taken from contemporary sources, and illustrated the hair styles with which they were worn.
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Rhinestone bridal tiara mid century classic design headdress