Royal Jewelry of the Week - Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara
Originally made for Napoléon Bonaparte’s first wife, Empress Josephine, therefore the name, by the french jeweler Bapst. It consist of geometric emeralds surrounded by diamonds. It was originally a swedish royal piece of jewelry until Princess Märtha of Sweden, daughter of Prince Carl and Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, married Crown Prince Olav of Norway. It’s currently owned by Queen Sonja of Norway.
Today: The Fife diamond tiara. How gorgeous!
One of my favorites tiaras. ever.
Crown Princess Victoria at the 2012 Nobel Prize Ceremony and Banquet
Crown Princess Victoria is normally my pick best dressed Royal at this event, but not this year. Although some may love textured sequins and bright green, I do not. Well… at least on an evening gown. The sequins are not in the same direction which creates texture that adds visual weight to the wearer. CP Victoria is a gorgeous woman and has a fabulous body, but this extra, visual “weight” is not flattering on her.
Another unflattering aspect of this gown is the fit. This gown skims over HRH’s torso and hips, meanwhile it is slightly bunching at her waist which causes her to look like she has a “rectangular” body shape instead of her natural “hourglass” figure. Now I know wht you guys are thinking: “Well she just had a baby last year!”. I know guys! And she looks fabulous and still her slim waist. So why not show it off?!
Before I sound like I’m harping on HRH, I want to say that I do like the cap sleeves and neckline. The sleeves highlight her toned arms, while the neckline showcases her décolleté and collarbones nicely.
Another good point of this dress is the back. No one rocks a semi-backless gown like Crown Princess Victoria! It shows of HRH’s toned muscles and brings the eye up to her ornate hair-do and emerald/diamond hair pin.
The emerald necklace and hair pin are lovely!
Speaking of jewelry….Can I just say that I do not like this tiara at all?! It looks like the headlights of a Jeep. A sparkle-y, diamond encrusted Jeep. That being said, this setting of the Four Button Tiara is new to me. It has an extra row of diamonds added to the base, which gives it some oomphf.
Which finally brings us to the hair. I love Crown Princess Victoria’s ornate hair styles and I still do, but with this tiara, her hair needed some volume at the crown of her head to “back it up”.
So there is my little rant, what do you guys think?
Best Tiara Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, Stockholm (2012)
Although all tiaras were pretty, Princess Madeleine wore it best tonight, wearing the Amethyst Tiara
Bagration tiara, now belongs to the duke and duchess of Westminster.
- The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara.
- A wedding present for Princess May of Teck (the future Queen Mary) from the ‘Girls of Great Britain and Ireland’, bought with money raised by a committee chaired by Lady Eve Greville. The committee raised over £5,000 and purchased this tiara from Garrard before donating the remainder of the funds to charity at the request of the princess.
- It could also be worn as a necklace. Queen Mary later replaced the pearl finials (they went to the Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara) with diamonds (taken from the dismantled Surrey Tiara) and removed the lozenge-pattern bandeau from the base so that it could be worn as a headband.
- Both tiara and bandeau were given by Queen Mary to Princess Elizabeth as wedding presents. In 1969 the bandeau was reunited with the tiara.
- Queen Elizabeth II paired up the bandeau and the tiara once again. She made the change in 1969, and it’s been the same ever since. Though she’d already been Queen for some time when she added it back in, it seems a fitting queenly makeover. A little extra height for the boost in position, maybe.
- This is Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite tiara, as it is light and one of the easiest to wear. She affectionately calls it ‘Granny’s tiara’.