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The Top Ten: Meander Tiaras
When tiaras became popular in the early years of the nineteenth century, neoclassical designs that referenced ancient Greece and Rome were all the rage. It's no surprise, then, that many tiaras use one Greek design motif in particular: the meander, a horizontal pattern of interlocking spirals. The design is sometimes also called a "Greek key," and many think that it's meant to resemble the twists and turns of a labyrinth. Others think the meander is meant to symbolize unity -- which is appropriate, as no fewer than seven of the tiaras we're featuring today have been worn as bridal diadems.
There are still many meander tiaras in royal vaults today, and today, I'm counting down my top ten favorites. Let us know what your top ten list would be in the comments below! (And thanks to reader Alex for suggesting this post!)
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|Princess Beatrice wears her mother's meander fringe tiara, ca. 1911|
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5. The Queen Mother's Double Meander Tiara: This tiara is still something of a mystery. It's a nineteenth-century double-row meander that at one point also included aigrette features. It was owned at one point by the Queen Mother; it's also thought to be currently in the possession of Princess Anne. It's almost certainly the mystery tiara that Anne wore at a state banquet in 2005.
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