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Medieval Circlets

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The Origins of Circlets & Ceremonial Headpieces

Legend has it that a Greek God invented the head ornament or diadem (from the Greek 'diadema' from 'diadeo' to bind round, or fasten) which was originally a white ribbon, ending in a knot and two strips that were placed.

They were also made from bound foliage and flowers, and later – metal was used.

The word – “tiara” is Persian, and signifies a high peaked head-dress.

It was the Romans who started to use precious stones. A bride’s head-dress symbolized the loss of innocence and the triumph of love.

A circlet is a crown with neither arches nor a cap (internal covering).

Many ancient crowns were circlet in style.
In fairy tales, crowns often continue to be represented in circlet form.

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