History of the Wedding Tiara

Egyptian-wedding tiaraFor longer than most of us may have realized, brides have been wearing tiaras to add even more elegance and interest to their already beautiful appearance in their most special of days.

The exact type of wedding tiara worn throughout history would depend greatly upon the overall theme of the event and the use of these decorative head pieces can be dated as far back to the days of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.

And like many brides throughout the ages, you too may want to enhance your look on your wedding day by wearing a fabulous wedding tiara.

The Beginning of the Tiara

The word tiara itself is Persian in origin and it was used to describe a richly bejeweled, conical shaped head piece that stood high on the head of the king of Persia, the only person allowed to wear such an ornamental object at that time. Much like crowns, the main purpose of tiaras was to indicate that the wearer was someone of great importance who should be revered and respected.


Greek diadem

photo credits: Victoria and Albert Museum

In Greece, diadems were worn, which were originally white ribbons bound around the wearer’s head, and several gods are depicted wearing these early types of tiaras. Statues of gods to be worshiped were adorned with diadems, however, as years passed and tyrannies and monarchies were formed and regarded with disdain, those donning Persian dress or diadems were looked upon quite unfavorably.

After the brief democracy was over in Greece, Alexander the Great and all of his heirs relished wearing Persian dress along with tiaras decorated ostentatiously with gold and the most precious of stones such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.

In more modern times throughout Europe some of the finest wedding tiaras of all time were created.

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