28 July 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Cameo vs Four Button

Two unusual royal heirlooms face off in this match-up!

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The Cameo Tiara vs. The Diamond Four Button Tiara

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This unusual royal tiara is made of pearls, gold, and intricately-carved cameos. It was a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to his Josephine, and from her, it made its way to Queen Josefina of Sweden. In the twentieth century, the piece became a bridal crown for the Bernadottes, appearing on four Swedish royal brides since the 1960s. When Crown Princess Victoria walked down the aisle wearing the tiara in 2010, her mother, Queen Silvia, said that she focused on only two things: "the beauty of the tiara and her happiness."


This diamond tiara is made up of four button elements, which feature seven round diamonds encircling a central diamond in a sunburst design. The edges of the buttons include tiny diamond "leaves" between the "petals," making the buttons look a little bit like Tudor roses. The buttons are antique, possibly dating to the eighteenth century, but the tiara is newer. It was made in the 1950s and used primarily by the present king's sisters and daughters.

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