This week’s Tiara Thursday post introduces a new feature on the website! The Bejeweled Battle is a contest that asks a simple royal jewelry question: which royal lady wore it better? We’re kicking things off with a set of modern diamonds and amethysts, worn by two Norwegian princesses for royal weddings in Sweden.
On June 19, 2010, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway arrived for the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling wearing a dramatic pink evening gown and the family’s diamond and amethyst parure. The modern suite of jewelry, which features a convertible tiara/necklace, arrived in the family’s collection in the 1990s. Norwegian royal jewelry historian Trond Noren Isaksen recently wrote that the parure was acquired by the family as part of their compensation following the theft of numerous pieces of their jewelry from Garrard in London in February 1995.
For Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel’s wedding, Princess Märtha Louise wore the tiara setting of the necklace from the parure, as well as the second necklace option (made by joining the suite’s bracelets and brooch) and ring.
Here’s another view of the tiara and necklace from the 2010 royal wedding appearance.
Three years later, on June 8, 2013, another Norwegian princess wore the amethysts for another Swedish royal wedding. Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore pieces from the parure with a tiered gown of ice blue lace for the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill.
She also wore the tiara from the set, plus the earrings and one of the bracelets.
Here’s a closer look at the tiara and earrings on Mette-Marit at the 2013 royal wedding.