When you talk about the biggest diamond tiaras in Europe, you really can’t leave out the mighty Braganza, can you? Here’s a look at the way that Queen Silvia of Sweden styled the tiara for an important birthday gala.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden celebrated his 60th birthday with a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on April 30, 2006. For the occasion, Queen Silvia brought out some of the most important jewels in the royal vaults, including the tiara she wore for her first official portrait back in 1976.
For the gala, Silvia paired her diamonds with an iridescent gown in peridot green. It featured an off-the-shoulder ruffled bodice and a full skirt. She wore matching shoes and carried a gold metallic clutch bag, and she finished the look with her orders and decorations: the sash and star of the Order of the Seraphim and King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Royal Family Order.
Here’s a closer look at Silvia’s jewels for the gala. The enormous Braganza Tiara is clearly the star of the show. Made using Brazilian diamonds for Empress Amelie of Brazil, the tiara came to Sweden when Amelie bequeathed it to her sister, Queen Josefina of Sweden. Silvia also wore the grand diamond floral earrings, which have large pear-shaped diamond drops.
She also added a classic diamond necklace, which also features a pear-shaped diamond pendant drop.
Queen Silvia used one of the family’s diamond rose brooches to secure her order sash.
She also wore diamonds on both wrists. On her right wrist, she stacked a diamond bracelet with one of her signature pieces, a Cartier Love Bracelet.