11 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Baden Palmette vs Vasa


Two Scandinavian sparklers are matched up in this contest!

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The Baden Palmette Tiara vs. The Vasa Tiara

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This diamond sparkler features a palmette design that resembles romantic hearts. It was made in Germany in the middle of the nineteenth century and given by King Wilhelm of Prussia to his daughter, Grand Duchess Louise of Baden. When her daughter, Victoria, married the future King Gustaf V of Sweden, the tiara came to Scandinavia. Queen Ingrid brought the jewel to Denmark, where it's worn by Queen Margrethe II today.

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This small but dazzling diamond tiara was a wedding gift from the city of Stockholm to Princess Martha of Sweden on her marriage to the future King Olav V of Norway in 1929. The tiara's name comes from Martha's royal heritage from the old Vasa dynasty of Sweden. The tiara was subsequently worn by both of the current king's sisters. It belongs to Princess Astrid, who has indicated that it will remain with the royal family after her eventual death -- hopefully a very long time from now!