Princess Sofia wears the Cut Steel BandeauThough steel seems an unusual material for a tiara today, it was a popular and fashionable choice for jewelry from the mid-18th century through the Victorian era and beyond. Cut steel jewelry is made of steel studs which are faceted and highly polished until they sparkle like gemstones. Skilled craftsmanship was required to turn the utilitarian material into decorative pieces; unsurprisingly, both the quality and the popularity of cut steel jewelry declined as mass manufacturing took over.
Crown Princess Victoria wears the Bandeau in 2013These pieces are often not much to look at in photographs, but they sparkle like mad in action. If you caught any of this year's Nobel festivities live, you know what I mean. (You can check out the ceremony here, if you missed a chance to see these two cut steel tiaras come to life.) Another benefit: cut steel tiaras are extremely light in weight when compared to traditional gemstone jewelry.
wearing the matching comb at the back of her head. Princess Sofia is the second person to wear the tiara. Not only does the shape of the bandeau seem to suit Sofia, by wearing the tiara for an occasion that can be seen on video, she brought the Cut Steel Bandeau to life for me - and, I think, for many of you.
Has this tiara won you over yet?