05 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Floral Birthday vs Bettina's Cufflink

Both of these tiaras cleverly repurpose other pieces of heirloom jewelry!

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Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara vs. Countess Bettina's Cufflink Tiara

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This classic diamond floral tiara was made using a brooch that belonged to Queen Alexandrine of Denmark. In the 1960s, Queen Ingrid had the brooch supplemented with additional gemstones to form an eighteenth-birthday-gift tiara for her second daughter, Princess Benedikte. (The brooch is also still detachable.) Benedikte has worn the tiara throughout her life, and she's also loaned it to her daughters, Princess Alexandra and Princess Nathalie.

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Countess Bettina's Cufflink Tiara

This unusual tiara was reportedly made by repurposing an unexpected set of accessories: cufflinks that belonged to King Gustaf V of Sweden. Today, the tiara is worn by one of Gustaf's great-granddaughters: Countess Bettina Bernadotte, who is a daughter of Prince Lennart of Sweden (and therefore also a granddaughter of Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia). Bettina often attends the annual Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm, offering us an excellent opportunity to see her wear the tiara.

Stay tuned for a sparkling necklace and more tiara voting!