04 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Alexandrine Sapphire vs Wisborg Amethyst

Will it be the sapphires or the amethysts?

Bruun Rasmussen, Wikimedia Commons

Queen Alexandrine's Sapphire Tiara vs. The Wisborg Amethyst Tiara

Bruun Rasmussen

This diamond and sapphire tiara, which is generally attributed to Bolin, was given by Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra of Russia to an imperial cousin, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, when she married another cousin, the future King Christian X of Denmark, in 1898. The piece was originally a convertible bandeau. In 1933, Queen Alexandrine gave the jewel to her daughter-in-law, Princess Caroline-Mathilde. From Caroline-Mathilde, the tiara passed to her son, Count Christian of Rosenborg. After the deaths of Christian and his wife, Countess Anne-Dorte, the tiara was sold. Delightfully, though, the new owner recently loaned the tiara to a new exhibition at the Amalienborg Museum.

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This modern tiara is part of a suite of amethyst and gold jewelry. It can be worn on its frame or transformed for wear as a necklace. The jewel belongs to Countess Marianne Benadotte, the noted fashion icon and actress who was also the third wife of Sigvard Bernadotte, uncle of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. She has worn the amethyst at prominent royal events, including the wedding of her great-niece, Princess Madeleine of Sweden.

Stay tuned for another match-up this afternoon!