13 June 2017

The Swedish Diamond Epaulette Earrings

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The Swedish royal jewelry collection is absolutely lousy with sparkling earrings, but today's earrings, the Diamond Epaulette Earrings, surely take the prize for the most diamond-packed pair.

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The earrings' most important appearance in recent memory came at the pre-wedding gala for Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel in June 2010. Victoria wore the earrings with a stunning one-shoulder gown. The neckline of the dress worked particularly well with the long earrings.

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The earrings are called "epaulette" earrings because, well, that's what they used to be. In days gone by, when royal men would wear elaborate, jewel-encrusted military uniforms, these diamond epaulettes rested on the shoulders of a particularly sparkly dress uniform. Reusing the epaulettes as earrings is a rather ingenious move; they'd never be worn in public today in their original form, so repurposing them has saved them from gathering dust in a royal vault -- or, even worse, from being broken up.

Crown Princess Victoria has been the primary wearer of the earrings in recent years, but they've also been worn in public by another Bernadotte: Princess Madeleine, who paired them with her Modern Fringe Tiara at her father's birthday gala in 2016.


But it's been Victoria who has gotten the most mileage out of the pair. She wore the earrings at the annual King's Dinner for the Nobel Prize laureates in 2011; more recently, she wore them with the Baden Fringe Tiara in Oslo for the Norwegian royal birthday gala.

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What do you think of this bit of royal jewel recycling: an effective choice, or a bejeweled blunder?