In this Nobel match-up, we’ll get to choose between a sparkling fringe set on a tiara frame or worn as a necklace. It’s Princess Madeleine wearing the Modern Fringe Tiara and the Connaught Diamond Drops in 2005 vs. Princess Madeleine wearing the Four-Button Tiara and the Modern Fringe Necklace in 2009…
Princess Madeleine dripped in diamonds at the Nobel celebrations back in December 2005.
Princess Madeleine looked like a snowy Scandinavian royal on December 10, 2005, when she arrived for the Nobel Prize celebrations wearing a silvery-gray gown with lace embellishments.
She kept the icy theme going by wearing significant diamonds from the family jewelry collection.
From her mother, Queen Silvia, Madeleine borrowed the Modern Fringe Tiara. The delicate diamond diadem was one of Silvia’s few personally-owned tiaras, and Madeleine borrowed it often over the years. Eventually, she chose it as her wedding tiara in 2013, and Silvia presented her with the tiara as a gift.
The earrings and necklace that Madeleine chose for the 2005 Nobels have a longer royal history. The diamond drop earrings were once part of a diamond stomacher ornament that belonged to Queen Josefina of Sweden and Norway.
The diamond drops on Madeleine’s necklace also have an impressive royal provenance. They’re the drops from the Connaught Diamond Tiara, one of the wedding gifts presented to Madeleine’s great-grandmother, Princess Margaret of Connaught, in 1905.
Princess Madeleine’s December 2009 Nobel look technically featured not one but two tiaras!
Princess Madeleine selected an eye-catching green gown with black lace panels for the Nobel Prize celebrations on December 10, 2009.
With the green and black gown, Madeleine sensibly chose all-diamond accessories, including a special tiara with links to a past Swedish royal dynasty.
Princess Madeleine wore the Four-Button Tiara, a simple jewel that features four diamond buttons on a basic, unadorned frame. The tiara was made in the 1950s, but the buttons are much older. The ornate diamond floral buttons, which look a little like Tudor roses, are said to have come from the collection of Queen Lovisa Ulrika of Sweden.
Madeleine paired the button tiara with the necklace setting of a second tiara: the Modern Fringe, borrowed for the occasion from her mother, Queen Silvia. (It now belongs to Madeleine, who wore it as a tiara on her wedding day.)
And she finished off the look with a diamond rosette brooch and those classic diamond drop earrings, once part of Queen Josefina’s Diamond Stomacher.