Looking Back - Princess Bride of Sweden


Looking Back - Princess Bride of Sweden
Diane Crow at Your Tango Tells Readers the Bride’s Choice of Fashion from Engagement to Wedding

Her daughter Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden will likely use it herself as Queen Regnant.

Cameo Tiara – The first owner of this tiara is the famous Empress Josephine of France. She wore it around 1809, a gift from her husband Emperor Napoleon. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore it on her wedding day.


Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara - Of British origin the tiara is composed of the popular design of many tiaras, a design in the form of the kokoshnik, a Russian headdress design that has inspired many jewelers to create tiaras in this pattern. The first wearer of the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara was HRH Princess Margaret of Britain who in June of 1905 married Crown Prince Gustaf-Adolf of Sweden in at Windsor Castle.

Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure Tiara – It is one of Queen Silvia's favorite tiaras, and regularly worn by Silvia at the Nobel ceremony. It is composed of eleven separate sections, and eleven sapphires framed in diamonds with a base pattern of honeysuckle and leaves. Its origins are believed to be Paris, France by then famous jeweler Marie-Entienne Nitot. It is part of a parure of gems, composed additionally of a necklace, earrings, two hairpins, and a brooch.

Napoleonic Cut-Steel Tiara - Oak leaves, flowers, feathers, and acorns are elegantly entwined to create a soft pattern with hard diamonds. It is believed that Queen Josephine brought it with her to Sweden where it was kept in the vaults until rediscovered by current Queen Consort, Queen Silvia. Women who wished to be able to purchase jewelry without having to pay large sums to get jewelry that was based in gold or silver during both the Victorian era and first French empire had jewels use cut steel instead.

King Edward VII Ruby Tiara - This was also part of the jewel collection of Princess Margaret of Connaught when she married Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and became Crown Princess. It was a wedding gift from her Uncle King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of Britain.

Napoleonic Amethyst Tiara (aka. Queen Josephine's Amethyst Tiara) - The original set of jewels consisted of a set of jewels consisted of a demi-parure that featured a necklace, earrings, a brooch with a removable teardrop pendant and two bracelets. Queen Silvia then took fifteen of the amethyst gems and had a tiara created to complete the set and a full parure was created. This set is part of the Bernadotte Foundation that controls the use of the Crown Jewels and maintains them. The stones themselves are agreed to have originated with Josephine.

Tiara Historical Tidbit: There are three possibilities as to the origins of the stones are up for debate.
The first possibility is Josephine the First, Empress Consort of Napoleon the First, gave the amethysts to her granddaughter Josephine the Second.

The second possibility is that Princess Augusta of Bavaria gave them to her daughter upon the time she (the daughter) left Leuchtenberg to marry Oscar the First who was King of both Norway and Sweden.

The third and last possibility is that Josephine II inherited the gems upon the death of her mother when Augusta died, along with the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure.
Josephine II's mother was Princess Augusta of Bavaria, the wife of Empress Josephine of France's son Eugene, her son by her first marriage (to French Viscount Alexandre de Beauharnais).

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