26 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Khedive of Egypt vs Rosenborg Garnet

Will it be diamond scrolls or garnets and pearls?

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The Khedive of Egypt Tiara vs The Rosenborg Garnet Kokoshnik

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The diamond scroll tiara, made by Cartier, was Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden's wedding gift from Khedive Abbas II of Egypt. The gift was especially sentimental, because Margareta and her husband, the future King Gustaf VI Adolf, had fallen in love in Cairo. The lovely jewel was able to be worn as a traditional tiara, or taken off the frame and worn as a corsage ornament. When Margaret died, the tiara was inherited by her only daughter, Queen Ingrid of Denmark. All three of Ingrid's daughters, as well as three of her granddaughters, have worn the tiara on their wedding days. When Ingrid died in 2000, the tiara was bequeathed to her youngest daughter, the former Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. She continues to wear the jewel (and lend it to other family members) today.


This pearl, garnet, and diamond kokoshnik was commissioned by Prince Viggo of Denmark, the fourth son of Prince Valdemar of Denmark and his French-born wife, Princess Marie of Orleans. The tiara was made in the 1930s by a Danish court jeweler, Aage Dragsted, and worn by Prince Viggo's American-born wife, Eleanor Margaret Green. After their deaths, the kokoshnik was inherited by Viggo's sister-in-law, Princess Margaretha of Denmark. She died in 1977, and the tiara subsequently passed to her son, Count Flemming of Rosenborg. His wife, Countess Ruth, wore the kokoshnik often at royal events near the end of her long life. After her death, the tiara was sold at auction in Switzerland.

Another tiara vote is coming up this afternoon?