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Ayisha's Coronet

Shortly after agreeing to do Konstantia's coronet, I got a Facebook message from Her Majesty asking if I could make another one for Ayisha, to be awarded at Kris Kinder. Naturally, I went straight into research mode to try to figure out what the design I should look like. Then I remembered to go actually say yes. Design Now, the theory was I would have a better idea of what Ayisha would like, design wise (which I hope is true). The only problem with this is she doesn't talk about what exactly her persona is much. My main pieces of information came from when I tried to help with her device and the supporting documentation I grabbed from OSCAR. So, I took the approach of looking at her court garb and trying to match it up to Persian art to reverse engineer her time period. What I came up with as my primary reference was this piece from The Met: . It is supposed to be depicting the late period of the Sasanian empire, whi

Konstantia's Coronet

At Fall Crown Tourney, Konstantia was made a baron of TRM Damien and Issabell's court. I had the pleasure of making her coronet. I also managed to not spend the last three months with my fingers steepled while cackling maniacally. Design There was a moment of worry at the start of this because I said I would be interested in doing a coronet before I knew who it was for. When I heard it was for Konstantia, I knew that meant Byzantine. Which means bling. Lots of bling. I had actually made a comment to Jakob before about Byzantine style looking like a pain to make because of the amount of bling. But, it was a good challenge. My initial research into styling for a Byzantine coronet turned up two basic design concepts I worked off of (citation needed, since it appears I didn't save these sources): Stones were more important than the gold. The Byzantine empire was full of gold mines, while precious stones were imported. So, the focus was on the stonework while the metal i