Happy Birthday to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden! Our Sparkling Spotlight on her royal jewels continues today with one of my very favorite of her Nobel appearances, from back in December 2016.
For the Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet in Stockholm on December 10, 2016, Crown Princess Victoria wore a dramatic, modern dress with some of the most antique pieces in the Bernadotte jewelry collection. She pinned the sash and star of the Order of the Seraphim to the gown, plus her father’s Royal Family Order.
Her silver and bronze gown, with its one-shoulder neckline and leafy embroidery, was made by H&M. She wore bronze shoes and carried a silvery beaded clutch bag with the dress.
Victoria wore an unusual combination of heirloom jewels for the event, matching together pieces from the same era that come from very different parures. Her tiara, the Napoleonic Cut-Steel Tiara, is made of highly-polished steel and gold. The piece, which features feathers, leaves, and acorns in its design, manages to sparkle without a single diamond.
Here’s a side view of the tiara from the dinner…
…and here’s a look at the back of the tiara.
With the tiara, Victoria wore additional pieces of jewelry that date to the Napoleonic era. She wore the necklace, brooch, earrings, and bracelet from the Cameo Parure, a set that many believe belonged to Empress Josephine of France.
Here’s a better look at the brooch and the bracelet. You can learn the stories behind the intricate cameos over here!