The Napoleonic Cut-Steel Tiara is one of my favorite tiaras, and with the Nobel Prize ceremony today in Sweden, what better time to talk about it?
This tiara made of cut steel and brass, no diamonds in sight, yet sparkles as if it did. It was brought to Sweden by Queen Josephine when she married into the Swedish Royal Family in 1844. There is a rumor that this tiara laid hidden for many years and was only found when Queen Silvia, after her marriage to King Carl Gustaf, went exploring in her new home and found this tiara in the cupboards.
She had it restored and wore it for the first time during an Austrian state visit in 1979 and has worn it a number of times since, as has Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Christina (not shown).
Whenever I see or hear this tiara mentioned, it’s always one extreme or the other. Either people love it or hate it. Tell me how you feel about it! Do you like that it sparkles despite hot having any diamonds or do you think it looks cheap? I myself am hoping to see this one again at today’s ceremony!
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Photo Credits: IBL, Corbis, skyndad av upphovotan, Polfoto