La Belle Ferronnière – The Term Ferroniere is Derived from the Jewel on Her Forehead.
Musée du Louvre, Paris. Attributed to the School of Leonardo da Vinci in Milan.
This Renaissance fashion was revived shortly during the 19th century c.1830-1845. Costume balls were a popular entertainment from the 1820s and portraits were popular sources for inspiration both for clothing and for accessories. Adapted from these portraits, the ferronnière started out as a costume accessory but quickly became a fashion necessity. Hairstyles featured face hugging center-parted looks that were perfect for a ferronnière. Most of these featured an articulated jeweled drop but occasional designs featured an upright central motif.