For the Nobel Prize celebrations in recent years, Queen Silvia of Sweden has generally worn one of two tiaras: the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara, or today’s sparkler, Queen Sofia’s Tiara. Here’s a look at all the dazzling diamonds she wore for the Nobels 10 years ago!
For the Nobel Prize awards ceremony and banquet in Stockholm on December 10, 2011, Queen Silvia of Sweden chose a striking gown with a subtle metallic pattern in shades of gold and peach. As always, she wore the star and sash of the Order of the Seraphim on her dress, plus King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Royal Family Order.
With her warm-toned dress, Queen Silvia cooled things down with a whole lot of ice. Her jewels for the event, which she chose from the royal family vaults, were all set with diamonds.
The star of the show was Queen Sofia’s Tiara, a jewel that was made for Sofia of Nassau in the 1860s. There are many who dislike this tiara, in some cases because they find the nine cross-shaped elements on the top of the piece to be too sharp. I’ve really grown to appreciate it over the years. As I explained in this article, I think it’s a symbolic representation of the sun rising over Stockholm. How can you not love that?
With the tiara, Silvia wore a diamond necklace with a pear-shaped diamond pendant, plus a pair of earrings with an impressive provenance. These are the Karl Johan earrings. They were made during the reign of the first Bernadotte king, Carl XIV Johan, in the early nineteenth century.
Queen Silvia secured her sash with yet another impressive diamond jewel from the family collection. The Swedish Diamond Lozenge Brooch has been with the family for generations, and it was a favorite piece of another Swedish queen consort, Victoria of Baden.
Queen Silvia finished off the look with gold bracelets on both wrists, a watch, and rings. I’m particularly intrigued by the gold and diamond ring she wore on her right hand. It appears to have a floral design.