29 July 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Napoleonic Cut Steel vs Six Button

This contest features two tiaras with links to the Napoleonic era...

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The Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara vs. The Diamond Six Button Tiara

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This is a rare tiara that manages to sparkle without diamonds or other gems. The jewel is made of gold and highly-polished cut steel, with design motifs including feathers, oak leaves, and acorns. It was part of a set that belonged to Queen Hortense of Holland, who passed it to her niece, Queen Josefina of Sweden and Norway. It languished in a cupboard in the royal silver room until it was re-discovered in the 1970s. Since then, it's been worn by several royal women, and it's a particular favorite of Crown Princess Victoria.

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This tiara, which features diamond buttons in two different patterns, is a relatively new creation; it was made in the 1970s, around the time that Princess Lilian of Sweden married Prince Bertil. The buttons, though, are much older. They were previously affixed to the crown worn by King Karl XVI Johan at his coronation in 1818. (Because of this, the family sometimes calls this piece the "Karl Johan Tiara.") Today, the tiara has been worn by nearly all of the women of the Swedish royal family, especially Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Christina.

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