Princess Sofia of Sweden is a December baby—we actually share a birthday!—so of course her collection needs to include some interesting pieces of jewelry set with turquoise. Today, we’ve got a closer look at her palmette tiara, which was upgraded with a new turquoise setting two years ago.
Princess Sofia, who is married to Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, arrived for the annual Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm in December 2019 wearing a bright blue gown and jewelry to match.
She debuted a brand-new setting of her diamond palmette tiara, featuring a set of turquoise toppers. She also wore a matching pair of statement earrings made of turquoises framed with small diamonds.
The color of Sofia’s gown for the ceremony and banquet was perfectly matched to the shade of her tiara’s new turquoise toppers.
Photographs from the banquet provided a lovely view of the newest version of the versatile tiara.
And here, you can see just how brightly the turquoise toppers respond to flash photography.
Sofia’s tiara has turned out to be one of the most versatile in any princess’s jewelry box. She debuted the jewel on her wedding day in June 2015, wearing it with its original set of emerald toppers. Back then, she wore the tiara in a tighter, more coronet-like arrangement. The tiara was a wedding gift from her new in-laws, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The Swedish press reported that Silvia had the tiara made by dismantling an emerald and diamond necklace from her collection. That necklace had reportedly been a gift from a member of the royal family of Thailand.
Sofia continued to wear the tiara in its original configuration after her royal wedding. Here, she wears it for the Nobel Prize celebrations in December 2015.
Two years later, at the Nobels in December 2017, Sofia debuted a brand-new look for the tiara. It had been remodeled into a more halo-esque shape. She also wore a new set of pearl toppers with the jewel for the first time.
Since then, Sofia has worn the tiara exclusively in this more open setting. She’s also begun to play around with various alternate settings of the piece. Here, in December 2019, she wears an all-diamond version of the jewel, with no toppers at all, for the Nobel laureate dinner at the Royal Palace. She paired the tiara with the earrings from the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure for the event. (Wouldn’t a set of amethyst toppers also look great with the palmette tiara?)
And here, Sofia wears the new arrangement of the tiara with the original emerald toppers for another official dinner at the Royal Palace in November 2019.
I know many find turquoise to be a bit polarizing, but I’ve heard largely enthusiastic responses to Sofia’s turquoise setting of the palmette tiara. It’s modern, fresh, and a little bit playful—and an excellent addition to her jewelry collection. I can’t wait to see what gemstones she wears with the tiara next!