17 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Danish Ruby vs Alexandrine Diamond Drop

Time for the first contest of round two of the Scandinavian tiara tournament!

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The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara vs. The Alexandrine Diamond Drop Tiara

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This tiara began its life as a series of hair combs, purchased by Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte for his wife, Desiree, to wear at Napoleon's coronation in 1804. When Bernadotte was elected King of Sweden, the rubies became royal jewels. The combs were made into a bandeau by Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, who had received them from her mother-in-law, Lovisa of Sweden. Queen Ingrid turned the bandeau into a grand wreath tiara, which is now worn by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

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This delicate diamond drop tiara originally belonged to Queen Alexandrine of Denmark. It was later given to Queen Margrethe II, her granddaughter, as an eighteenth-birthday present. She wore the tiara for years before passing it along to her daughter-in-law, Alexandra. Although Countess Alexandra is no longer a royal princess, she still retains the tiara -- and will likely earmark it for the use of her own daughters-in-law one day in the future.

More tiaras coming up next!