24 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Connaught Diamond vs Cameo

This one's a battle of the Bernadotte bridal diadems...

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The Connaught Diamond Tiara vs. The Cameo Tiara


This floral diamond tiara was Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden's wedding gift from her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught. The piece is endlessly convertible, able to be worn as a tiara or in two different necklace settings. After her death, the tiara was inherited by her eldest son, Prince Gustaf Adolf. It became the favorite tiara of his wife, Princess Sibylla, and the family still sentimentally associates the tiara with Sibylla. Today, it remains in the royal vaults, and you'll often see it worn by Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, and Princess Christina.

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This unusual royal tiara is made of pearls, gold, and intricately-carved cameos. It was a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to his Josephine, and from her, it made its way to Queen Josefina of Sweden. In the twentieth century, the piece became a bridal crown for the Bernadottes, appearing on four Swedish royal brides since the 1960s. When Crown Princess Victoria walked down the aisle wearing the tiara in 2010, her mother, Queen Silvia, said that she focused on only two things: "the beauty of the tiara and her happiness."

An astonishing necklace is up next, and then more tiaras tomorrow!