04 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Antique Corsage vs Swedish Malachite

This contest pairs up two very intriguing antique tiaras!

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The Antique Corsage Tiara vs. The Swedish Malachite Tiara

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Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark received this diamond and pearl tiara from her parents, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, as an eighteenth-birthday gift. The tiara was made from a corsage ornament that had belonged to Queen Ingrid's grandmother, Queen Victoria of Sweden. Anne-Marie wore it for the farewell dinner given at Fredensborg Castle before her wedding to King Constantine II of Greece in September 1964, and she's worn it occasionally since then. It's more familiar, though, as the wedding tiara worn by her two daughters-in-law, Marie-Chantal and Tatiana.

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This unusual tiara is part of a fashionable suite of gold and malachite jewelry that was made by a French jeweler in the early nineteenth century for Queen Desideria of Sweden. The set features design links to the Bernadotte family's new regional home. Many of the malachites are carved with mythological images after the work of the Danish/Icelandic sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen. The tiara remained in the Swedish royal family until the death of Queen Sofia in 1913, after which the Bernadottes gave the parure to Stockholm's Nordic Museum.

A necklace and then more tiaras are coming up next!