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Royal Tiara Challenge 2017

Day 27: Favorite Meander/Greek Key Tiara

The Prussian Meander Kokoshnik

I had a hard time finding a tiara I liked because I’m not the biggest fan of the Meander / Greek Key motif if I’m being honest with you guys. I do, however, like kokoshnik tiaras, as I’ve said before. The Prussian Meander Kokoshnik combines the two in a way I still find attractive. It’s a rather large tiara, but it avoids the overbearing, heavy feeling with the intricate lattice work in the center. The lattice work is so small it looks like the diamonds are floating, as if by magic. A true fairytale tiara. 

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Extremely Rare Viking Gilt Knotwork Nobleman’s Diadem, 9th-12th Century AD

This band probably held a cloth head scarf or covering in place and, according to the material, would have denoted social and marriage status. Head coverings were typically worn by women, though headbands were also worn by men of high social status. The majority for women were perhaps as simple as a knotted kerchief over the head, which was suggested by finds at the Oseberg ship burial.

The Rígsþula (verse 2) says that even women of the lowest class wore a headdress. A number of different kinds of head-coverings for women are mentioned in the sagas, some of which are elaborate headdresses, which may have been worn like jewelry on special occasions. The Laxdæla saga (chapter 45) tells of a headdress given by Kjartan to his bride Hrefna as a wedding gift which had eight ounces of gold woven into the fabric. It has been suggested that the type of headdress worn served to distinguish married from unmarried women. Caps of cotton and wool have been found in archaeological contexts in Dublin, and a fine tasseled hood was found in the Orkney isles. Other materials were used, such as silk for the wealthy, of which examples have been found at York and Lincoln.

The Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw

I stole the diadem. I sought to make myself cleverer, more important than my mother. I ran away with it. My mother, they say, never admitted that the diadem was gone, but pretended that she had it still.”

((OOC: So this was my little project last night! Hand made out of various bits of wire and a re-purposed necklace. Hopefully it will be making an appearance on the blog sometime soon… ))