Princess Sofia’s tiara for this year’s Nobel Prize ceremony proved that an already-versatile jewel can become even more versatile over time—if you add new ornament options!
Princess Sofia of Sweden attended this year’s Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet with her husband, Prince Carl Philip. As they have done for the past several years, the couple sat in the front row of the audience at Stockholm’s Concert Hall during the ceremony.
Here’s a glimpse of Carl Philip attending the banquet after the prizes were awarded.
Princess Sofia wore a misty gray-blue gown by Ida Lanto for this year’s ceremony and banquet. The gown featured floral applique details at the neckline, on the bodice, and on the skirt.
The blue ribbons of her decorations—King Carl XVI Gustaf’s Royal Family Order and the sash and star of the Order of the Seraphim—blended in with the light blue background of her gown. She was escorted into the banquet by Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Riksdag, who (interestingly) wore the sash of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, plus the stars of his German, Dutch, Spanish, and Finnish orders.
For the fourth Nobel ceremony in a row, Princess Sofia reached for her Diamond Palmette Tiara. But this year, she added another twist to the jewel, debuting a fifth (!) setting of the tiara. A new set of blue briolette gemstone toppers has been added to her collection. I’ve seen others state that these are topazes, but I would be very surprised if they’re not aquamarines, given the briolette cut and the gray-blue translucency of the stones. (Update: the jewelry firm has confirmed that they’re custom topaz briolettes, with the earring drops made to match.)
For fun, here’s a look at the other settings of the tiara. The piece can be worn without any toppers, in an all diamond form, as Sofia did for new formal portraits released earlier this spring.
The piece can also be worn with the original toppers, a set of emeralds. Sofia wears them here at the Representationsmiddag in April 2022.
There’s also a set of pearl toppers, worn here by Sofia for the Representationsmiddag held in September 2022.
And there’s also the turquoise toppers, worn by Sofia for the Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet in December 2019.
And now we’ve got blue gemstone toppers, too. They coordinate with the diamond and blue gemstone drop earrings that Sofia wore for the ceremony as well.
Here’s a closer look at the earrings. UFO No More identifies the maker as LWL Jewelry and states that the drops are blue topazes. But the topaz drops shown are a more vibrant blue color with a different cut. I’d be really surprised if these aren’t also briolette aquamarine drops, perhaps custom creations just for Sofia. (They’ve done custom work for her before, including the seed pearl choker she wore for the Nobels in 2018.) And maybe LWL Jewelry made the matching tiara briolette toppers as well?
Sofia used one of the family’s diamond bow brooches to secure her order sash at the front of her gown, plus a second diamond brooch (not seen here) to secure the back of the sash.
She also wore a diamond tennis bracelet on her right wrist, plus her diamond criss-cross ring (another LWL Jewelry design). She wore the same ring for the 2019 Nobels as well.