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A wide range of hair ornaments
There is a wide range of ornaments, the diversity of which relates to their size (from ostentatious to modest), their mode of attachment to the hair, their material…
They also depend on the social identity of the person who wore them, the influences of fashion and art movements (Art Nouveau, for example) and many other elements...
Some combs may be longer than 20 inches, others do not exceed one or two.
Grooming combs or pocket combs
Even if the grooming comb is not made for adorning hair, it must be mentioned because it is essential for preparing the coiffure. It is the first step of hair embellishment. It is therefore part of the comb family! We are going to see that it is not without interest.
Pocket combs are surprising too and are often rather funny.
The ornamental comb maintains the hairstyle, but it is mainly used to embellish it. Figurative or not, precious or small, it always has some interest. In the nineteenth century in Europe, the heading is hinged to be worn as a tiara or to be folded on a bun.
Sacred or transcendent ornaments
Some ornaments (because they have both spiritual and political meaning) are reserved for people of high rank in society.
For example tiaras, originally, were the headdress of Popes. They could also be a semi-circular crown, with a high triangular front, generally decorated with jewelry. This was the favorite ornament for women in the Court of Tzars. Chinese aristocrats and scholars also used to wear heavy jade tiaras. In Christian churches (particularly in Spain) a tiara often crowns the head of the Virgin.
Crowns, being a symbol of royalty, are similarly sacred. The circular shape indicates perfection and celestial belonging. Their peaks often decorated with precious stones are supposed to capture unearthly forces.
Diadems are less valuable and are worn at the front of the head. A diadem, or a crown on a bride's head, serves to more firmly establish her union before God.