Our look back at the tiaras from the last bejeweled Nobel celebrations in Stockholm continues today with an incredible diamond fringe worn by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
For the Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet in December 2019, Crown Princess Victoria made a statement in a voluminous evening gown by Swedish-Eritrean designer Selam Fessahaye. The black-and-white dress featured quilted details and scattered sparkling embellishments.
As usual, Victoria pinned her father’s Royal Family Order to her bodice. She also wore the light blue sash and diamond star of the Order of the Seraphim.
Even more sparkle was added with her jewels. She chose a tiara that has become closely associated with her over the years: the Baden Fringe Tiara. The convertible diamond sunray jewel was a wedding gift to Queen Victoria of Sweden from her parents, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Baden, in 1881. It can be removed from its frame and worn as a necklace or a corsage ornament, but it’s usually seen in its tiara setting. Crown Princess Victoria has been an enthusiastic wearer of the sparkling tiara—so much so that it was even featured on a Barbie doll made in her image! (You can see it in our earlier roundup of dolls inspired by royals.)
Like most diamond fringes, the design of the tiara is fairly simple and uniform. This fringe is notable, however, for its length, wrapping almost all the way to the back of the wearer’s head. It helps the tiara to really create the “halo” effect that fringes are known for.
With the tiara, Crown Princess Victoria wore a smaller pair of diamond drop earrings from the family vaults. The earrings were made by repurposing some of the diamond pendants that were once worn with Queen Josefina’s Diamond Stomacher. (Josefina also had an alternate set of pearl pendants that could be swapped out with the diamonds, making the ornament even more versatile.) When the family turned the stomacher into a necklace, the pendants were transformed into earrings.
And there were even more diamonds, too: a sleek diamond rivière necklace, plus one of the family’s spectacular diamond rose brooches. This particular brooch is part of the Braganza Parure.
Victoria finished off the look with a set of delicate silver bracelets on her left wrist and a clutch bag encrusted with crystals. Definitely one of her most memorable Nobel looks to date!
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