29 July 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Braganza vs Modern Fringe

Versatility faces off against sheer size in this tiara match-up...

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The Braganza Tiara vs. The Modern Fringe Tiara

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Also known as the Brazilian Tiara, this grand diadem was originally made in France using diamonds that belonged to the Brazilian imperial family. It was originally worn by Princess Amelie of Leuchtenberg, the second wife of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil. In 1873, it arrived in Stockholm when Empress Amelie bequeathed it to her sister, Queen Josefina of Sweden. Queen Silvia, who is half Brazilian, selected this tiara for her first formal portrait as queen. She also wore it at the wedding of her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, in 2010.

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This antique diamond tiara has been described by the Swedish royal court simply as "personal property," but most believe it was probably given to Queen Silvia by her husband, King Carl XVI Gustaf. She wore the piece both as a tiara and as a necklace, but it was later given to Princess Madeleine, who wore it as her wedding tiara in 2013.

A major diamond necklace is up next, followed by more tiaras!