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"A circular garland is called a wreath, or if it is worn around the head, a chaplet. The origin of these forms is unknown, but evidence of their use dates from ancient times and is not restricted to any particular culture." (Encyclopædia Britannica)
 
Wreaths of fresh flowers were worn upon the head by young girls of all classes from the earliest times. Eleanor of Provence introduced the fashion of wearing chaplets of imitation flowers, made of gold and silver, and often set with clusters of different coloured jewels, to represent flowers.  These chaplets were very popular with ladies of high rank."  (Medieval Costume and Fashion, Norris)

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