15 May 2017

nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
I could not make an ultimate decision, so I ordered both the Braganza and the Bagration tiaras. Same seller, very good prices. I LOVE them. Good sturdy weight, lots of detailing, and spectacular sparkle.

The Braganza is the easiest to wear. The frame wire ends are a little long, so with two pliers I could easily curve them in a bit to help fit my head. (Two pliers to avoid putting any tension on the actual tiara part, which is cast and not flexible.)

The Bagration has shorter wires, so it was hard to get a grip with the pliers in the same way. The frame may also be a little stiffer than the Braganza, too. I'll work on it some more.

Both tiaras tilt forward correctly, so they look really good at a normal angle on the head. The Braganza is so nice and high! I love the delicacy and intricacy of the design; it does not look like a pageant tiara at all.  The Bagration is a lot less subtle and not quite as tall. But those of you who voted for it are right - it's got the sparkle power and big stones necessary for balancing the Coronation necklace.

I haven't worn the Bagration yet. Those adjustments to the frame are necessary, since my skull is narrower than the frame and it just keeps tilting back. So far that's been true of all three tiaras I own, these two and the cameos. But I did pop on the Braganza. Posted a picture on the LJ Costumers group on FB... and kept wearing it all evening. Through laundry inside, and pruning flowers outside. Yes, outside. I don't think the neighbors saw me... not sure about the cars driving past or the guy walking his dog. :p 

(I will figure out this Dreamwidth picture thing eventually! I need to figure out how to do it on the phone.)

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