10 November 2020

Diamond Tiara Tournament: Nine Provinces vs Modern Fringe


Will it be the heirloom Belgian diamonds or the sparkling Swedish fringe?

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The Nine Provinces Tiara vs. The Modern Fringe Tiara

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The most important tiara in the Belgian royal collection, this sparkler features a meander bandeau topped with removable interlocking arches containing large round diamonds. The tiara was made by Van Bever in 1926 and offered to Queen Astrid as a wedding gift on behalf of the people of Belgium. It's been worn by the senior royal lady of the land ever since, and it is now part of the collection of Queen Mathilde.

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This antique diamond tiara has been described by the Swedish royal court simply as "personal property," but most believe it was probably given to Queen Silvia by her husband, King Carl XVI Gustaf. She wore the piece both as a tiara and as a necklace, but it was later given to Princess Madeleine, who wore it as her wedding tiara in 2013.