Thursday, March 02, 2006

A Feast of Fringes

Of all the popular tiara designs the most prolific is the fringe.
Also known as the sunray, the fringe tiara probably had its roots
back in Ancient Greece where kings and priest wore gold crowns
shaped like the rays of the sun to denote their divinity or
special affinity with the solar deity.

The typical design for a fringe tiara consists of spiked
bars of graduate size, divided with bee-like barbs.
Examples of this design:

Left: Hanover fringe tiara (Great Britain)
Center: Princess Mary's fringe tiara
Right: Habsburg fringe tiara (Liechtenstein)

More fringes:
Left: Thai fringe tiara
Center: Greek fringe tiara
Right: Archduchess Gabrielle's fringe tiara

Besides being the most common, fringe tiaras are also versatile -
transforming from tiara to necklace to corsage ornament to belt.
Left: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wearing the Baden fringe
Center: Princess Charlotte of Monaco wearing a diamond fringe
Right: Mecklenburg-Schwerin fringe tiara

It was customary for brides of the Russian Imperial Family
to receive a fringe tiara as a wedding gift. Known as a
kokoshnik, meaning a cockscomb, the design was adapted from
the costume of a Russian peasant girl.

Left: Empress Marie Feodorovna
Center: Queen Alexandrine of Denmark wearing a Russian fringe
Right: Queen Alexandra wearing her 25th wedding anniversary gift

Fringe derivatives:
Left: Queen Mary wearing the Surrey fringe
Center: Duchess of Kent
Right: Princess Madeleine of Sweden

More fringe derivatives:
Left: Queen Noor of Jordan
Center: Queen Rania of Jordan
Right: Empress Michiko of Japan


At Thursday, March 02, 2006 11:43:00 AM, Anonymous Megster said...

Thanks for taking the time for posting these! Fringe tiaras are my favorite, and they always seem to be so flattering for the wearer.

At Wednesday, December 06, 2006 2:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

O I do love to see SOMEBODY wearing these gorgeous headpieces. In my world, earmuffs and duckbill hats are the norm, so I like to sneak a look from time to time at what the other half of the world sports upon its head. As you find further images of royals wearing ever more magnificent jewels, please add them to this page.

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 12:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a majestic display of European royalty

At Friday, April 11, 2008 9:47:00 PM, Blogger MandysRoyalty said...

I once read somewhere that there were only five fringe tiaras in the world. Apparently this is not true, but that's ok.... more to look at and enjoy for those of us who are royal jewel enthusiasts! :)

At Wednesday, September 10, 2008 10:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever seen a picture of Queen Victoria's Sun Ray fringe tiara? The only place I've ever seen a picture of it was a portrait of her with the family where the tiara was barely visible.


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