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Vintage tiara, clear rhinestone openwork hair accessory

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A PRETTY MID 20TH CENTURY TIARA COMB WITH CLEAR RHINESTONE LOOPS DESIGN, circa mid 20th century

This sale is for a pretty vintage prong set tiara with a formalised design.

• SIZE AND CONDITION: centre decorative section is 4½ ins wide x 2 ins high and the band can be bent to fit most adult heads; good vintage condition.

• MATERIALS: white metal, rhinestones.

• DESCRIPTION:

Tiaras like these were popularised by the iconic film “Breakfast at Tiffany” staring Audrey Hepburn, who wore a small tiara in the starring role. They are found in all kinds of materials but the most popular were pearls, clear rhinestones and crystals.

A similar ornament is shown in picture 5.

This pretty example is made in silver tone metal with a formalised design that is prong set with clear rhinestones. There are two small combs at the ends of the band to hold it in position.

FURTHER INFORMATION BELOW:

The geometric style known as Art Deco flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. Eventually it gave way to a more elaborate new style which has come down to us by the name of Baroque or neo Baroque and which became newly fashionable from the late 1940s.

The Baroque was originally an important art movement of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and was characterised by rich and elaborate decoration, heavy scrollwork, and a great deal of opulent gilding. In jewellery Baroque usually shows the use of faux pearls intermixed with rhinestones, often brightly coloured, in elaborate encrusted designs. This return to much more elaborate and colourful jewellery was a reaction against the austerity of Art Deco, which lasted until the late 1930s.

This vogue for more colourful and elaborate jewellery forms was led from the USA, where some of the most beautiful Baroque style costume jewellery was produced. With newly developed techniques of mass-production America took over from Paris as the leading exponent of stylish costume jewellery for the wider market.

You will find a list of my downloadable pdf articles on hair accessories of all periods here:-

http://www.simitras-exquisite-things.com/articles.html

This list includes articles on Victorian combs and their history.

Find vintage jewelry and exotic fabrics in our other shop:-

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonsLairVintage

Vintage tiara, clear rhinestone openwork hair accessory

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: metal, rhinestones
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  • Ships worldwide from Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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