17 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Dagmar Floral vs Danish Emerald

Will it be the diamond flowers or the heirloom emeralds?

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Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara vs. The Danish Emerald Parure Tiara


This detailed diamond floral tiara originally belonged to Princess Dagmar of Denmark, a sister of King Christian X (and King Haakon VII of Norway). The tiara was later passed on to Queen Margrethe II, who offered it as a long-term loan to her daughter-in-law, Princess Marie, in 2008. Since then, it has been Marie's primary tiara, worn for all sorts of gala occasions.

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One of the grandest tiaras in the Danish crown jewel collection, this diamond and emerald sparkler was made in 1840 by C.M. Weisshaupt. The emeralds are even older: they belonged to Queen Sophie Magdalene and Princess Charlotte. The emeralds are reserved for the use of Denmark's queen, so Queen Margrethe II is their current wearer. When they're not in use, though, you can visit them on display at Rosenborg Castle.

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