15 September 2020

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Braganza vs Aquamarine Kokoshnik


This contest matches up two incredible Bernadotte jewels!



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The Braganza Tiara vs. The Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik


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Also known as the Brazilian Tiara, this grand diadem was originally made in France using diamonds that belonged to the Brazilian imperial family. It was originally worn by Princess Amelie of Leuchtenberg, the second wife of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil. In 1873, it arrived in Stockholm when Empress Amelie bequeathed it to her sister, Queen Josefina of Sweden. Queen Silvia, who is half Brazilian, selected this tiara for her first formal portrait as queen. She also wore it at the wedding of her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, in 2010.


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This gorgeous diamond and aquamarine kokoshnik began in the collection of Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden. Her daughter-in-law, Princess Sibylla, wore the tiara during her wedding festivities, and later it was given to Sibylla's eldest daughter, Princess Margareta. In recent years, the tiara has returned to the Swedish royal vaults, and it's been worn by Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, and Princess Christina.