The post for this week's Tiara Thursday celebrates the launch of a brand-new component of the website! Featuring Norway’s modern diamond and amethyst tiara.
The Bejeweled Battle is a competition in which participants answer a straightforward question regarding royal jewelry: which royal woman wore it better?
To get things started, we have a set of contemporary diamondsand amethysts that were recently worn by two Norwegian princesses at royal weddings in Sweden.
Princess Martha Louise of Norway arrived at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling on June 19, 2010, wearing a spectacular pink evening gown and the family's diamondand amethystparure. The ceremony was held in Stockholm, Sweden.
The decade of the 1990s saw the addition of a contemporary jewelry set to the collection of the family, which included a tiara that could be worn as a necklace.
A historian of Norwegian royal jewelry named Trond Noren Isaksen recently wrote that the family purchased the parure as part of their compensation after numerous pieces of their jewelry were stolen from Garrard in London in February 1995. Isaksen noted that the theft of the jewelry occurred in February 1995.
Princess Martha Louise wore the tiara setting of the necklace from the parure as well as the second necklace option (formed by connecting the suite's braceletsand brooch) and the ringfor the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. In addition, she wore the ring from the parure.
Another angle of the tiara and necklace worn by the Duchess of Cambridge at the royal wedding in 2010 is seen here.
Three years later, on June 8, 2013, still another Norwegian princess wore the amethysts to another Swedish royal wedding. This one was also a Swedish royal wedding.
For the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill, Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a tiered gown of ice blue lace and pieces from the parure that she had commissioned especially for the occasion.
In addition, she donned the tiara that came with the set, along with the earringsand one of the bracelets in the set.
A more in-depth look at the tiara and earrings that Mette-Marit wore to the royal wedding in 2013 may be seen here.