20 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Olav's Gift vs Norwegian Emerald

Our final contest of the week matches up old and new!

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King Olav's Gift Tiara vs. The Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara

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This delicate pearl and diamond tiara has a sentimental story: it was Princess Martha Louise of Norway's eighteenth-birthday gift from her beloved grandfather, King Olav V. The little sparkler features a natural design -- blades of grass or sheaves of wheat -- and has remained Martha Louise's primary tiara for more than three decades.

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The most historic set of jewelry in the Norwegian vaults, this diamond and emerald parure has its roots in the earliest part of the nineteenth century. They were handed down from Princess Augusta, Duchess of Leuchtenberg, to her daughter, Empress Amelie of Brazil. She in turn bequeathed the set to her sister, Queen Josefina of Sweden and Norway, who left them to her daughter-in-law, Queen Sofia of Sweden. In 1931, Sofia passed the emeralds down to her own daughter-in-law, Princess Ingeborg of Sweden. She gave them to her daughter, Crown Princess Martha of Norway, to use as an insurance policy during her World War II exile. Happily, the family survived the war, and the emeralds remain with the main branch today, worn exuberantly by Queen Sonja.

We'll have lots of sparkle coming up this weekend, including a VERY requested post and voting results!