In Norway, royal pearls crowned a princess bride back in May 2002. Today, our Sparkling Spotlight shines on the wedding jewelry worn by Princess Märtha Louise.
Märtha Louise married writer Ari Behn in Trondheim on May 24, 2002. She wore pearls and diamonds with her sleek wedding ensemble, including the smaller setting of Queen Maud’s Pearl Tiara.
The smaller setting of tiara is essentially a diamond and pearl fringe. It’s a lovely choice for a bride, especially when paired with the coordinating diamond and pearl drop earrings.
Though the tiara is called “Queen Maud’s Pearl Tiara,” it’s actually a replica of the original tiara that belonged to Märtha Louise’s great-grandmother, Queen Maud of Norway. The original tiara was stolen from Garrard’s London workshop, where it had been sent to be cleaned, in 1995. The jewel was never recovered, and Garrard made an exact replica to replace the original.
Märtha Louise also wore a necklace with a simple pearl pendant for the wedding ceremony.
The couple, accompanied by family and members of the wedding party, waved to gathered crowds after the wedding. (On the left, Queen Sonja wears Queen Josefina’s Diamond Tiara and Queen Alexandra’s Diamond Earrings.) Märtha Louise and Ari had three daughters—Maud, Leah, and Emma—before parting ways in 2017. Sadly, Ari passed away two years later.