Bridal Tiaras: Laurel Leaf Tiaras

Tiaras, by some are thought to originate from the laurel wreaths worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans.  The delicate leaves have been seen positioned in shapes of ovals, circles, or simply in a design connecting one leaf to another.  The style combines Grecian influences and a timeless style.  Laurel leaves continue through the years to be extremely elegant, featured on royalty and celebrities alike.  On her 21st birthday, Princess Margaret received from her mother, Queen Elizabeth, the Persian “Flames of Love” of Persian turquoises set in diamonds that the Queen herself had received as a wedding gift in 1923 from her father-in-law, King George V.  The exquisite tiara incorporates lamps, laurel leaves, and lovers’ knots.  It is one of the most lovely pieces of workmanship in the royal crown jewels. In Munn’s book, “Tiaras: A History of Splendor”, the tiara alone gets four pages of photographs alone.   Catherine Zeta Jones also wore a tiara with marquise-cut stones giving the impression of laurel leaves in a sophisticated design.   I ran across a tiara  much to the likes of Catherine Zeta Jones and Princess Margaret's tiaras and I fell in love instantly because the style doesn't surface that often, if never.  I saved the picture of tiara in hopes I would run into it again, and it showed up on Amazon as I was looking around today.  Below you will see the many tiaras that are considered "priceless", and if you compare them to this tiara, you will see, it has tremendous style.  The best thing is, you can buy it for under $90 dollars. 

This headband can easily be turned into a tiara by fastening it to a metal headband.  Typical plain metal headbands wouldn't support this design well, as you need to support the design both at the top and the bottom.  This crystal headband sold by Dahlia would be the ideal support for the Laurel design. You would have to take off the existing pattern off the frame with some pliers.  Ideally it should be soldered to the headband. Soldering jewelry is very easy.  All you need is a soldering iron and the material which holds it together, which is the resin. 

Ideally I would start by anchoring the pattern to the headband using some metal craft wire.  Or, slip the metal headband in between the back of the vertical metal backing and the design itself.  It was originally designed to keep the ribbon in place, and it may just function perfectly to keep the headband in place.  You may not even have to solder!!

(Be sure as you are soldering that you start on an edge where the wire is NOT present)  You would hold the soldering iron to the location of the headband and heat it up.  Once you think the headband is  hot enough to melt the resin, take the resin and touch it in the location where you want the tiara pattern and the headband to melt together.    

If you haven't ever soldered metal, try on some practice pieces first.  Don't be afraid to try.   The soldering iron is only 9 dollars.  (Be sure to always work near an open window because the fumes aren't the greatest for you and may actually be toxic.  Be very careful as it can burn you if you are not careful.  Safety always comes first.  You can always take the headband and the Laurel leaves to a jeweler to complete as I am sure it would be quite inexpensive.   The look is very high end on a wedding budget. 

Princess Margaret's Turquoise Tiara

Catherine Zeta Jones Wedding

Laurel Leaf Tiara ShenZhen IN China

Olive leaf Tiara - Queen Olga

This stunning tiara is designed after olive wreaths with ruby fruits.  Queen Olga of Greece was the original owner born into the Russian royal family. She bequeathed it to Queen Frederike, a Prussian who married into the Greek royal family, and she left it to Anne—Marie.

Laurel Leaf Tiara -Westminster Laurel Tiara

Delhi Durbar Tiara

Maharani Bakhtawar Kaur, wife of the maharaja of the Indian state of Patiala, presented Queen Mary with this magnificent tiara in 1911 to celebrate her first visit to India.   The circle of brilliantly cut diamonds mounted in gold and set in platinum originally contained five emeralds, but Queen Mary removed them to make another tiara, which Queen Elizabeth now wears. The late Queen Mother wore the Delhi Durbar on a state visit to South Africa in 1947, but the tiara stayed out of public view for the next 58 years. Camilla Parker Bowles, borrowed the tiara for her first royal banquet at Buckingham Palace in October 2005, six months after she married Prince Charles.

Laurel leaf Tiara - Princess George of Greece

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