Tiaras, Fillets and Diadems
A Tiara is a type of crown, most easily represented as a form of jewelled headband or half crown. A tiara never encircles the head - (if it does, it's a crown!).
Nowadays, tiaras are still regularly worn by Royal and noble ladies, but as they no longer indicate the wearer's rank, they have become pieces of jewellery that can be worn by anyone for that special occasion - and often are!
The Diadem was also originally a type of crown, specifically an ornamental headband, fillet, or circlet. Diadems were usually simple in design, and the simplest of all were embroidered ribbons.
Both Tiaras and Fillets can be found on Nisbet dolls; Here are a few examples :
The Tiara is usually seen in two forms -
The first and earliest version, (seen in the four pictures above), is made of a short string of faux diamonds (or pearls and beads) in a flexible chain, fixed in the doll's hair
The second, and later version of the Tiara, is a narrow semi circular band of silver-coloured cast metal.
As a general rule, Nisbet tiaras are usually (but not exclusively) worn by dolls depicting various members of the Royal Family
The Fillet or Diadem
The Fillet can be seen in many Nisbet dolls, usually as a metallic ribbon, cord, or band, worn around the forehead of the doll, as seen in the simple beauty of H/567 A Baron's Lady (above left), and the understated elegance of BR/340 Highland Gentlewoman of the 16th Century (above right)
The most stunning diadem worn by any Nisbet doll must be the cast metal version reserved for use on only two dolls - Both being models of the Statue of Liberty. (These were the rare 1982 model P/777 Statue of Liberty, (which was verdigris green), and the 1986 model P/1045 Statue of Liberty - Restoration Model, (detail of which is shown in the two pictures above)
(The seven rays of Liberty's diadem form a halo or aureole, and evoke the sun, the seven seas, and the seven continents, and represent, (like her torch), the means whereby Liberty enlightens the world)