30 July 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Queen Sofia vs Laurel Wreath

This contest matches up two unusual diamond sparklers!

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Queen Sofia's Tiara vs. The Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara


This unique diamond sparkler, which is also sometimes called "the Nine-Prong Tiara," originally belonged to Sofia of Nassau, the wife of King Oscar II of Sweden. The tiara is reportedly a very difficult piece to wear, as it is heavy and inflexible with a rigid base, but it has become one of Queen Silvia's favorite tiaras. She even selected it for the wedding of her younger daughter, Princess Madeleine, in 2013, and she often chooses it for the annual Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet.

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This convertible diamond necklace/tiara was Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden's wedding gift from her new husband's grandmother, Queen Sofia of Sweden. The laurel wreath was inherited by Margareta's third son, Prince Bertil, and worn by his wife, Princess Lilian. When she died in 2013, she bequeathed the tiara to her great-niece, Crown Princess Victoria, who now wears it often.

Our final tiara vote of the week will be up this afternoon!