19 August 2020

Scandinavian Sparkler Spectacular: Josefina Diamond vs Norwegian Amethyst

Our second Norwegian round begins with two significant sparklers!

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Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara vs. The Norwegian Amethyst Parure Tiara

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One of the grandest and most intricate tiaras in the Norwegian royal vaults, this early nineteenth-century sparkler first belonged to Queen Josefina of Sweden and Norway, a granddaughter of Empress Josephine. The tiara took an interesting path to Norway: Queen Josefina left it to her granddaughter, Queen Lovisa of Denmark, who willed it to her son, Prince Gustav. In turn, he bequeathed the tiara to his niece, Crown Princess Martha of Norway. Today, it is worn exclusively by Queen Sonja.

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This diamond and amethyst tiara is a convertible jewel, able to be worn as either a tiara or a necklace. The piece is part of a parure that King Harald V gave to Queen Sonja; the set also includes earrings, bracelets, and a brooch. Today, the amethysts are primarily worn by Crown Princess Mette-Marit, but Princess Martha Louise has been known to take them out for a spin, too.

More tiaras coming up next!