24 February 2021

Bejeweled Close-Ups: The Napoleonic Amethysts

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There are amethyst jewels, and then there are the amethysts owned by the Bernadottes of Sweden. This magnificent parure of diamonds and amethysts dates to the Napoleonic era. (You can read more on their history over here!) The set's relatively simple design, and the absolutely luscious royal purple color of the amethysts, means that it's a favorite with the royals—and worn often in various configurations. Today, I've got some closer view of the stones for you to enjoy!


The amethyst tiara, worn by Princess Madeleine at the Nobels in 2012
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The tiara, worn by Princess Madeleine at the Nobels in 2017
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The tiara, worn by Princess Madeleine at the Nobels in 2012
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The small brooch from the parure, which was removed from the original necklace when it was placed on a tiara frame; it can be worn as a brooch or as a hairpin
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The tiara in its original necklace setting, worn by Princess Christina in 1968; the tiara can still be removed and worn as a necklace, but the piece is now one cluster element shorter
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The "new" necklace from the parure, made by linking together the two bracelets from the set
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The identical bracelets from the set, worn by Crown Princess Victoria in Amsterdam in 2013
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The earrings, worn by Crown Princess Victoria at the Nobels in 2006 
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The large triple-cluster brooch from the parure, worn by Crown Princess Victoria as a hair ornament at the Nobels in 2015
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