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April Sparkle: Sweden’s best diamonds

Photo Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

The Swedish ladies have a treasure trove of jewels to select from when deciding on what to wear to formal events. We are taking a look at just a few of their options:

Bragança Tiara

A favourite of Queen Silvia, she’s been seen in the Bragança Tiara on several occasions including Crown Princess Victoria’s 2010 wedding. It’s one of the largest in the Swedish royal collection (it measures 12.5 centimetres or a little under five inches in height) and boasts flowers, leaves and arabesques in diamonds on gold and silver.

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The tiara originated in Brazil with the Brazilian Royal Family while they were still on the throne. Emperor Pedro had the tiara created for his second wife, Empress Amélie. The Empress had the diadem altered in 1820 to its current design.

When she died, her sister, Queen Josephine of Sweden inherited the tiara. Since then, it has been in the Swedish Royal Family.

Queen Josephine’s Diamond Stomacher Necklace

While not a tiara, this piece of jewellery is a stunner. It was originally used as a stomacher (a decorated panel in the shape of a triangle on the front of a woman’s dress) but later adapted into a necklace (by adding a large diamond rivière) once stomachers went out of style.

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Crown Princess Victoria is now seen in the necklace after her great-aunt, Princess Lilian died in 2013. Lilian wore the necklace on many occasions and wore it well.

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Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara

One of the most stunning tiaras in the Swedish collection (and my personal favourite), the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara has gained more popularity since Princess Madeleine wore it to the Nobel Banquet a few years ago.

The tiara is similar to a traditional kokoshnik headdress and features several aquamarines set around diamonds.

It is believed that the tiara came to Sweden with King Gustaf VI Adoph’s first wife, Margaret. It wasn’t really seen until her daughter-in-law, Princess Sibylla brought it to the forefront; she was the mother of Sweden’s current King, Carl XVI Gustaf. When she died, her daughter, Princess Margaretha inherited the diadem and has worn it to events in Sweden. However, she resides in the UK, so she has placed the tiara in the Swedish jewel vaults for other members of the family to wear to formal occasions, and her nieces, Princess Madeleine and Crown Princess Victoria have been seen in it.

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Famously, Princess Madeleine wore the tiara to her royal-themed tea party for her charity Min Stora Dag (My Big Day) in 2016. The charity helps sick children have their dreams come true. The Princess hosted several children for a tea party with the children dressed up as princes and princesses at the Royal Palace.

Connaught Diamond Tiara

Like the tiara mentioned before this, the Connaught Diamond Tiara came to Sweden in the early 1900s with Princess Margaret. It had been a wedding present from her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Connaught.

Its diamond drops can also be taken off the tiara and worn as earrings or a necklace. The tiara itself can be worn as a necklace, as well.

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The tiara is seen on Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine at formal events now. It is believed the tiara is privately owned by the King and not part of the Swedish royal collection.

Princess Sofia’s Wedding Tiara

The newest tiara added to the royal collection, this tiara was a wedding gift to Sofia Hellqvist from her new in-laws, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia in 2015. Sofia wore the tiara, adorned with emeralds on the top, to her wedding.

The emeralds can be changed out for regular diamonds, pearls, and turquoises all of which Sofia has been seen in.

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As this was a gift to Sofia, only the Princess has been seen wearing this tiara that features a diamond base with diamond palmettos.

Reportedly, the tiara was made from a necklace that was given to Queen Silvia by a Thai prince. Swedish press reported that Silvia sent it back to Thailand to have it created to help keep it a secret for Sofia.

Pink Topaz Parure

This pink topaz jewel set consists of a heavy necklace, earrings (that can be detached from a large brooch) and a small brooch. It contains diamonds and Russian pink topazes.

The Russian pink topazes hint to where it originated. The set was a gift to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia from her father, Tsar Paul in 1804. It arrived in Sweden with Maria Pavlovna’s great-granddaughter, Queen Victoria of Sweden in 1923.

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The set is popularly worn by Queen Silvia.

Laurel Wreath Tiara

The Laurel Wreath Tiara is all diamonds set in gold and silver. It is able to be worn as both a tiara and a necklace. It’s a classic laurel wreath form with a larger diamond dangling from the centre top.

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As with many of the other jewels, this originated with Princess Margaret. It was given to her in 1905 as a wedding gift by her new grandmother-in-law, Queen Sophia. It was inherited upon her death by her son, Prince Bertil and was worn often by his beloved British wife, Princess Lilian until her 2013 death. It was her personal property, and she left it to Crown Princess Victoria.

Crown Princess Victoria has since been seen wearing the tiara.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.