22 July 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Alexandra Turquoise vs Modern Gold

Will it be the royal heirloom or the modern sparkler?

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Queen Alexandra's Turquoise Tiara vs. The Modern Gold Parure Tiara


This delicate diamond and turquoise tiara is part of a parure inspired by traditional design elements from India. It originally belonged to Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, who bequeathed it to her daughter, Queen Maud of Norway, in 1925. Today, it belongs to Maud's granddaughter, Princess Astrid, who wears it often and intends to will it back to the main collection of the family one day.

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This versatile modern tiara is part of a parure that was reportedly given to Queen Sonja as a sixtieth birthday present by King Harald V in the 1990s. It can be worn in three different settings, with diamond, tourmaline, and topaz center elements. So far, Sonja is the only member of the Norwegian royal family to be photographed in pieces of the rather space-age suite.

A stunning necklace is up next, followed by more tiaras tomorrow!