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.
An Edwardian 18ct gold and platinum diamond set
tiara of scrolling foliate design from 1905. The main body of the piece with sprigs of leaves and flowers is held by a pair of diamond bows on either side of a larger circular diamond and an upper row of laurel leaves.
I really hate how Jo writes Ginny as the jealous girlfriend when Cho offers to take Harry to the Ravenclaw commonroom to look for the diadem. Cho was treated so poorly by Harry and his group of friends, there was no need to put her down like that when she was just trying to do her part to help fight Voldemort.
Wonderfully Royal has graciously allowed me to host the Royal Tiara Challenge this year. If you would like to look back at last year’s or perhaps still participate in it search the tag #RoyalTiaraChallenge16. This year’s challenge will begin on February 1st and is a mix of old and new prompts. Everyone’s welcome to participate even if it’s only for part of it. Please use the tag #RoyalTiaraChallenge17