03 August 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Rosenborg Kokoshnik vs Boucheron Circle

This match-up features two unusual pearly tiaras...

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The Rosenborg Garnet Kokoshnik vs. Princess Ingeborg's Boucheron Circle Tiara


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.

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This delicate tiara features interlocking diamond circles set in platinum and large pearl button-style elements. It was reportedly purchased for Princess Ingeborg of Sweden by her husband, Prince Carl, from Boucheron. She often loaned the tiara to her daughters, including Crown Princess Martha of Norway and Princess Margaretha of Denmark. After her death, the tiara was passed to her granddaughter, Princess Ragnhild of Norway.

More tiaras tomorrow -- and a sparkling necklace coming up later tonight!