27 July 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Baden Fringe vs Napoleonic Amethyst

Will it be dazzling diamonds or amazing amethysts?

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The Baden Fringe Tiara vs. The Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara


This classic diamond sunray tiara came to Stockholm with Queen Victoria of Sweden. She received it as a wedding present from her parents, Grand Duke Friedrich and Grand Duchess Luise of Baden, in 1881. The convertible tiara can also be worn as a necklace. It's been worn by numerous Swedish royal women, including Queen Silvia, but today, it's most associated with Crown Princess Victoria.

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This imposing circlet of amethysts and diamonds was originally a large necklace. It's part of a parure that has been in the Swedish royal collection since the days of Queen Josefina, who inherited it from her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Leuchtenberg. Queen Silvia made the piece convertible, having it placed on a tiara frame when she joined the royal family in 1976, and it's been worn by most of the Bernadotte women in the years since.

A sparkling necklace is coming up next, followed by even more tiaras!