National Princess Week starts April 13, 2014 and while it is a big hoopla invented by Disney to sell more stuff.. Princesses are the story of Fairy Tales and really what child does not want to be a princess? The one accessory that screams Princess or Queen is the Tiara..
Tiaras also known as diadems have been around for centuries. No one really seems to know who created them, but forms of tiaras have been found by ancient Greeks. Crowns of leafs (Caesar) gold or silver. Made for royalty they encircled the head. Some jewelers credit the Egyptians for the first tiaras. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) greatly influenced tiaras, it was his way of showing off his family’s affluence and nobility. Which of course made the tiara a must at all social functions. Tiaras were the hot thing in the 1800s and the beginning of World War I (1917-1920).
Apparently Tiara and thus Tiara Eyewear has made somewhat of a comeback.. You see Tiaras not only on royalty, in beauty pageants, proms, brides, birthdays.. any occasion that a woman wants to feel like a Queen For A Day.
In reviewing Tiara Eyewear, it seems they first made their appearance in the late 1940’s.Tura’s Turette was probably the first.. although the styling did not have the up in front of the face look.
Circa 1950’s Paula Guinet introduced a Tiara Look.
There seems to be a break 1970-2000. until the last 2 years in which a resurgence of Tiara-ish Eyewear has become a fashion accessory.
For the King
Did you know there is a Queen Day celebrated every year in The Netherlands? April 30th.