Our May series on emeralds now takes us to some of the most famous in Europe right now. We are taking a look at the emeralds in the Norwegian royal vault.
The Norwegian Royal Family has a large emerald and diamond tiara with matching earrings, brooch and necklace. The tiara is in a neo-classical style and features a centre, square emerald at the top.
Its creation date has never been known but it is assumed to have been some time in the 1800s. Norwegian Royal Family oral tradition says that the emeralds were mined in Russia, according to historian, Trond Norén Isaksen.
Reportedly, the tiara goes back to Empress Joséphine; depending on its creation date, it was either the initial tiara of Joséphine or her daughter, Augusta, the Duchess of Leuchtenberg.Embed from Getty Images
Once Augusta died in 1851, her jewels were divided between her daughters. The emerald tiara was bequeathed to her daughter, Amélie, who was the widow of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil. When she died in 1873, her jewels went to her surviving sister, Queen Joséphine of Sweden and Norway. Three years later, Joséphine died and left the emeralds to her daughter-in-law, Queen Sofia.
Upon the death of Queen Sofia in 1913, she left the emeralds to her daughter-in-law, Princess Ingeborg – the wife of Prince Carl. When World War II broke out and the Norwegian Royal Family had to flee Norway, Ingeborg gave the emeralds to her daughter, Crown Princess Märtha to take with her to sell if the family came upon hard times. The jewels did not have to be sold, and they returned with the Norwegian royals to Norway after the war had ended.
Crown Princess Märtha died before her mother, and Princess Ingeborg wanted the jewels to be given to her grandson, Harald – the current King of Norway. His wife, Queen Sonja, now wears the set for important occasions.
The necklace features large, round emeralds encircled by diamonds with smaller emeralds connecting the necklace together, while the dangling earrings are oval emeralds surrounded by diamonds.
The brooch has many smaller diamonds together with five larger emeralds spread out evenly around the gorgeous pin.
While the emerald set is now associated with Queen Sonja, it has been worn by her sister-in-law, Princess Astrid and late mother-in-law, Crown Princess Märtha.Embed from Getty Images