27 July 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Leuchtenberg Sapphire vs Aquamarine Bandeau

Our first Swedish tiara match-up features brilliant blue gemstones!

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The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure Tiara vs. The Swedish Aquamarine Bandeau


One of several important suites of heirloom jewelry in the Bernadotte collection, the Leuchtenberg sapphires began their journey in Germany. They were a gift from Empress Josephine of France to her daughter-in-law, Princess Augusta, Duchess of Leuchtenberg. Augusta passed them to her daughter, Queen Josefina of Sweden and Norway, and they've been in the Swedish vaults ever since. In 1930, Queen Victoria of Sweden bequeathed them to the family jewel foundation, which means they cannot be sold. Today, they're typically worn by the most senior woman in the royal family: presently, that's Queen Silvia. The flexible diadem has been one of her favorite jewels throughout her decades as Sweden's queen consort.

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This sleek diamond and aquamarine bandeau has been with the Swedish royals for at least two generations, and some believe it may date back even further, to the collection of Queen Louise of Sweden. The jewel was Princess Madeleine's very first tiara. She wore it often in her early tiara-wearing days, and she brings it out very occasionally now.

More tiara voting coming your way this afternoon!