19 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Connaught Diamond vs Mabel's Wedding

 

Dazzling diamonds from Sweden and the Netherlands meet up in this contest!


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The Connaught Diamond Tiara vs. Princess Mabel's Wedding Tiara


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This floral diamond tiara was Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden's wedding gift from her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught. The piece is endlessly convertible, able to be worn as a tiara or in two different necklace settings. After her death, the tiara was inherited by her eldest son, Prince Gustaf Adolf. It became the favorite tiara of his wife, Princess Sibylla, and the family still sentimentally associates the tiara with Sibylla. Today, it remains in the royal vaults, and you'll often see it worn by Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, and Princess Christina.


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For her wedding in 2004, Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau wore a lovely diamond tiara from the royal vaults. The piece features three rows of diamonds cascading from a central point. It was made by Mellerio in 1888, and the top row of diamonds are also used in the family's grand sapphire tiara. Mabel has continued to wear it at banquets and gala events in the years since.