Hair Ornament

A hair ornament is anything decorative that one would wear on one’s head. This would include crownstiarasbarrettesaigrettescombsbandeaus and others. Some of these serve an additional purpose – holding the hairstyle in place.

Georgian hair ornaments had a myriad of motifs including naturalistic, Greek key, and classical themes from antiquity. Diamonds, Pearls or cut steel sat atop the skyscraper hairstyles and wigs so popular at the time. The aigrette was also often found tucked among the curls along with bejeweled floral, fauna, celestial bodies and insectia, often mounted en tremblant.

Victorian Diamond Tiara.

Victorian Diamond Tiara.

Cartier Retro Hair Barrettes.

Cartier Retro Hair Barrettes.

Natural Pearl and Diamond Aigrette.

Natural Pearl and Diamond Aigrette.

Source

  • Dawes, Ginny Redington Dawes with Collings, Olivia. Georgian Jewellery: 1714-1830: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK: Antique Collectors’ Club, 2007.