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April Sparkle: Denmark’s Best Diamonds

By Frankie Fouganthin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Today let’s take a look at some of Denmark’s best diamonds!

Ruby Parure Tiara

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Now most closely associated with Crown Princess Mary, the Ruby Parure Tiara has a history that dates back to Emperor Napoleon. One of his compatriots, Jean Baptiste Bernadotte, commissioned this piece for his wife, Désirée Clay to wear to Napoleon’s coronation.

The couple later became the King and Queen of Sweden and the tiara—along with the necklace, earrings, brooch and hair ornaments that made up the rest of the parure—went with them. The parure passed down the Swedish Royal Family line until Princess Louise took them to Denmark when she married the future King Frederick VIII in 1869 and has remained with the Danish Royal Family ever since.

The Ruby Parure Tiara features a floral design with pave diamonds as the leaves and rubies as berries.  

Floral Aigrette

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This floral aigrette tiara is made completely of diamonds and is most closely associated with Queen Margrethe II, who wears it frequently to royal events. It can be broken down into three pieces—aigrettes—or closed together to create a sort-of circlet tiara.

Queen Ingrid was the first Danish royal to wear the Floral Aigrette, to her daughter’s wedding; and after Margrethe became queen, she wore it frequently, but perhaps most famously to her son, Crown Prince Frederik’s wedding in 2004.

Pearl Poiré Tiara

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This classic diamond and pearls tiara has a history that traces through the royal families of Prussia, the Netherlands, and Sweden and Norway before landing in Denmark. Created in 1825 for the King of Prussia’s daughter, the tiara eventually made its way onto the head of a line of Danish queens.

Nuits Claires Tiara

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Princess Marie partnered with French jewellers Mauboussin to design this tiara for the French State Visit to Denmark in 2018. As is the case with the Flora Danica tiara (which she also helped design), Princess Marie has the exclusive rights to wear this at royal events.

Princess Marie also came up with its name—a nod to the bright nights (nuits claires) in Denmark—and helped design the tiara. It features diamond sapphires set in white gold, with a large 6.82 sapphire in the centre.

Midnight Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary exclusively wears the Midnight Tiara through a partnership with Ole Lynggaard, the court jewellers to the Danish Royal Family. The jewellers created this diamond and moonstone tiara for a special exhibition at the Amalienborg Royal Palace Museum, and Crown Princess Mary loved it so much, she struck a deal where she can borrow it exclusively—for no fee—to wear to royal events. The Midnight Tiara is similar to Crown Princess Mary’s Ruby Parure Tiara, in that it follows a floral/leaf design made of diamonds and moonstones set in rose gold, white gold, and silver.

About author

Jess is the Senior Royal Reporter and Editorial Assistant at Royal Central. Her interest in royalty started in her teenage years, coinciding with The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002 and grew from there. She specializes in the British Royal Family (with emphasis on the Cambridges) and the Danish Royal Family, and has provided royal commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the UK and Australia.