The origins of the tiara date back to antiquity during ancient Greece and Rome. (The word tiara derives from the Greek word, adopted into the Latin word tiara). In the late 18th century, the tiara came into fashion in Europe as a prestigious piece of jewellery to be worn by married women at formal occasions. The word ‘tiara’ is often used interchangeably with the word ‘diadem’.
The tiara came into its own as an extremely popular form of adornment during the late 19th century, where it was worn at formal events for which the dress code was white tie. After The First World War, wearing a tiara gradually fell out of fashion, except for official occasions at a royal court. Interest in tiaras has increased again since the beginning of the 21st century.
It is sometimes thought that only titled women are allowed to wear a tiara; that is not true. Any woman can wear a tiara. On such occasions, women are expected to wear a formal evening gown and large, striking jewellery. However, etiquette dictates that tiaras should not be worn if a white tie event takes place in a hotel.
Traditionally, young women do not wear a tiara until they are married. On their wedding day, they would wear a tiara owned by their birth family.
Once a woman was married, she should only wear tiaras that were owned by her husband’s family, or her own personal property. There was an exception for unmarried princesses who were allowed to wear tiaras from the age of 18. In the 21st century, these rules are no longer strictly applied.
Since the end of the 20th century, tiaras are worn almost exclusively at state banquets, royal weddings and coronations. At white-tie occasions a tiara is no longer formally required – however it is often expected.
The tiara may not be everyone’s accessory of choice these days but many events still see guests wearing tiaras and diadems.
And many brides want to keep that special formal sense of occasion and will wear a tiara with a veil. A tiara traditionally symbolises the loss of innocence ‘to the crowning of love.
Here at Juels’ Limited we have now added our latest tiara to our window display. This tiara is in the form of a regal wishbone style with peaked centres equidistant and symmetrically graduated. It has just been refurbished and the silver band replaced and plated in 18K (750) white gold.
We are always seeking to purchase all antique jewellery to add to our window display, for a free consultation and valuation drop by during our opening hours; Tuesday to Saturday from 9am until 4.30pm.