25 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Cut Steel vs Braganza

Two unusual early nineteenth-century tiaras face off in this contest!

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The Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara vs. The Braganza 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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Also known as the Brazilian Tiara, this grand diadem was originally made in France using diamonds that belonged to the Brazilian imperial family. It was originally worn by Princess Amelie of Leuchtenberg, the second wife of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil. In 1873, it arrived in Stockholm when Empress Amelie bequeathed it to her sister, Queen Josefina of Sweden. Queen Silvia, who is half Brazilian, selected this tiara for her first formal portrait as queen. She also wore it at the wedding of her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, in 2010.

More tiaras coming up next!