ROYAL JEWELLERY || The Rosenborg Kokoshnik TiaraMade in the 1930’s by the Danish jeweller Dragsted, The Rosenborg Kokoshnik Tiara was acquired by Prince Viggo, Count of Rosenborg for his American-born wife, Princess Viggo. As the couple didn’t have any children, the tiara was inherited by Prince and Princess Viggo’s sister-in-law, Princess Margaretha, who in return passed it on to her daughter-in-law, Countess Ruth of Rosenborg. Following her death, it was put on an auction at Bukowskis where the estimated value was placed at more than $200.000 but it did not sell. It is modelled after the traditional Russian headdress, the kokoshnik (hence the name), and consists of garnets and diamonds.
♚ The Braganza Tiara
The Braganza Tiara, often called the Brazilian Tiara was made in France with diamonds from Brazil in 1829 for the new Empress of Brazil, Amelie. The name Braganza comes from the name of a duchy in Brazil, the Emperor was also known as the Duke of Braganza.
Amelie had this tiara reworked several times to suit her best ending up with the design we see now.
When Amelie passed away in 1873 her sister, Queen Josephine of Sweden inherited the tiara. The tiara has been apart of the Swedish Royal Jewel Collection ever since.
This tiara is one of the tiaras in the Swedish Jewel Vault that is only ever worn by the current Queen.
Since coming to Sweden the Braganza Tiara has only left Sweden twice; the first time it was worn by Queen Louise of Sweden who wore it to the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1936 in Great Britain.
The last time it was taken out of Sweden was when Queen Silvia of Sweden wore it in on a state visit in 2007. Silvia made this exception because Denmark is so close to Sweden, both geographically and family wise. She thought “Queen to Queen it would be nice to wear it [for Margrethe]" since Margrethe is also interested in the histories of the Swedish Royals Jewels. According to Silvia she will never taken it out of the country again.
Silvia has made a lot of use of this tiara as Queen, it holds a very special place in her heart because of her own Brazilian roots (her mother was Brazilian). Silvia famously wore this tiara for her first official portrait as Queen of Sweden in 1976 (shown above).
Silvia states that this tiara is reserved for “only very very special occassions" ; as a young Queen Silvia wore it to almost every state visit, however she has never worn it to the Nobel Prize Awards.
However lately Silvia has opted to wear other tiaras for special occasions, this is probably due to the heavy and uncomfortable nature of this tiara. Silvia has said that this tiara is "complicated to wear… it moves [as you wear it] and is not easy to fix." It has also been said that is is very heavy to wear and hard on the wearer’s neck.
The last time Silvia wore this big gun tiara was at her daughter, Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding in 2010 (shown above).
Empress Elizabeth Alexeivna’s Diamond Diadem
Created for Emperor Paul I’s wife Elizabeth Alexeivna (born Princess Louise of Baden), this splendid tiara became noted for the use by Imperial Brides on their wedding day.
Completed in 1800 by St. Petersburg Jeweler Jacob David Duval, the tiara consists of a central pink 10 carat diamond, a row of hanging briolette diamonds dangles above, and the whole tall tiara is topped by diamond uprights.
Along with the diadem, each bride since Elizabeth wore the nuptial crown, a heavy ornamented headpiece that sat behind the diadem.
Unlike many of the imperial jewels, the tiara miraculously survived the revolution and is today on display in the Diamond Fund at the Kremlin. [source] [source]
The Cartier Belgian Scroll tiara, also known as the Cartier Bandeau tiara.
Originally owned by Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians, it is currently being displayed in the Paris exhibit Cartier: Style and History.