18 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Mary's Edwardian vs Pearl Poire

A new Danish royal addition faces off against a major family heirloom...

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Crown Princess Mary's Edwardian Tiara vs. The Pearl Poire Tiara

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This tiara came into the Danish vaults in a most delightful way: Crown Princess Mary bought it herself! She reportedly purchased the Edwardian-era convertible necklace/tiara from a Danish auction house. The tiara, made of gold, silver, rubies, diamonds, and spinels, has become one of her favorites in the years since. She's even had a pair of coordinating earrings made to go with it!

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One of the most important tiaras in the Danish royal collection, this sparkler came to Denmark via Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. It was given to Princess Louise of Prussia when she married Prince Frederick of the Netherlands in 1825, and it was inherited in quick succession by her daughter, Queen Louise of Sweden and Norway, and her granddaughter, Queen Lovisa of Denmark. Lovisa brought the tiara to Copenhagen, where it has been worn by a succession of Danish queens: Queen Alexandrine, Queen Ingrid, and now Queen Margrethe II. It features a coordinating brooch and is often worn with a pearl necklace and earrings given to Lovisa by the Khedive of Egypt.

A grand necklace is on the way next, followed by more tiara voting!