16 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Braganza vs Wolfers


This one is a David and Goliath tiara battle!

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The Braganza Tiara vs. The Wolfers Tiara

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Also known as the Brazilian Tiara, this grand diadem was originally made in France using diamonds that belonged to the Brazilian imperial family.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 small but mighty tiara, which converts to a necklace, was a wedding gift offered to Queen Fabiola of Belgium on behalf of the brokers and jewelers of the diamond industry in Antwerp. It was made by Wolfers, an established Belgian firm. Today, the piece is worn by Queen Mathilde, the wife of Fabiola's nephew, King Philippe.