August 23, 2010 :: Posted by - :: Category - Tiaras
Tiaras are accessories placed on top of the head. They have been considered as a type of a crown, historically used by people of high status and made from expensive gemstones and metals. The design and the materials used to make these headpieces denote the rank or stature of the individual in the community. As a circular headpiece, it is also said to resemble a halo. This may be a reason why in the ancient times, individuals who used these accessories were viewed as godlike or sent from the heavens.
Although members of nobility continue to use this form of crown, their use is no longer limited to a particular stature in society. Tiaras are commonly worn and found in pageants and weddings and adorned using cheaper stones and materials. Rhinestones are commonly utilized in creating wedding tiaras. More popular in Western civilizations, they are commonly characterized by a silver backdrop that increases the light reflected through the stone. Besides a rhinestone tiara, brides may choose to have rhinestones as part of the other accessories, including the necklace, earrings or even a bracelet, to create a more consistent style.
As compared to other materials commonly used in making tiaras such as pearls and clear crystal beads, rhinestone tiaras may often be brightly colored. The colors grab the attention of the viewer. Rhinestone tiaras are popular as they are a cheaper alternative to wedding tiaras made from gemstones like sapphires, rubies and the like.
Rhinestones were originally rock crystals collected from the Rhine River, from where they get their name. Used to simulate diamonds, they have been commonly used to replace expensive gemstones or minerals. The demand for these semi-precious stones has risen substantially since their introduction during the late18th century. Manufacturers have tried to keep up with the demand by constantly improving their product. These days, it is common to find rhinestones that even glisten much like diamonds. Well known manufacturers of rhinestones include Swarovski in Austria and Preciosa, of the Czech Republic.