You might think that all women in the "old romantic days" had very long hair. Be that as it may, the style in Regency England was to have your hair up so that it seemed short with lots of curls. Women of this period wore pretty much no jewelry at all, and the clothing was exceedingly simple (and usually white). The only real adornment to her natural beauty was the curly head of hair, with ribbons and pearls.
Regency Period and Jane Austen
Elizabeth in the A&E Pride & Prejudice movie, with her hair in curls and a white band.
The four women in Pride & Prejudice, all with their hair up and various levels of curls. Note that Charlotte on the right - the most wealthy of this group - has a golden tiara in her hair.
Mrs. Clay in Persuasion from Masterpiece Theater 2008. I thought she was the most beautiful actress in this particular version, which is funny since she is supposed to be the most plain.
Lizzie from the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice -
Lizzie again in another scene.
Henrietta Musgrove from the BBC version of Persuasion.
Regency Period Information