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Crowns, Coronets & Circlets
Crowns during the early medieval period were simple and set with only a few choice jewels. Crowns and coronets weren't particularly restricted to royalty at this time, with noble ladies wearing coronets or mini-crowns as part of their formal dress. They were sometimes set with jewels but were not as ornate as those used for coronations or of the royal household.
crown shown at right, is a detail from the sculpture Madonna,
dated at 1420 and shows the type of crown worn by royalty and often
depicted worn by the Virgin Mary in artwork of the medieval period.
The circlet or coronet returned to fashion
among ladies of the nobility and upper classes about 1360. Those most
favoured were of a slightly different style to the solid band previously
worn. The new coronets were designed like miniature versions of the
hinged hip belt, composed of many smaller plaques arranged together
to fit the head.
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