Just as bun pins date back to the Ancient Greeks, so do headbands. In fact, the first documented headbands were that of wreaths worn by the Ancient Greeks. Over time, the Etruscans and Romans began to decorate head wreaths with precious metals such as gold and silver.
During the early part of the 20th century, headbands became headache bands, and as the name suggests, were used by women who believed that pressure around the temples would relieve headaches.
By the 1910's, headache bands had become more decorative and were typically lacy, but often embellished with ribbons and rosettes. During the same period, for the more affluent, stunning headbands emblazoned with jewels were also produced.
The peace and love years of the sixties also revived the headband, when many hippies adorned their ultra trendy accessories with feathers, jewels and psychedelic fabrics.
And who could possibly forget that iconic image of Princess Diana in Melbourne, 1985? Was that stunning jeweled headband, chic,classic, sophisticated or fashionable? Well, it certainly became fashionable, perhaps that's because it was chic, classic and sophisticated, and also worn by Princess Di!
But in fact, that headband was actually a diamond and emerald choker which the Queen had given as a wedding present to Princess Diana. The stylish Diana clearly thought that the choker also made a very attractive headband.