Magpie Monday: Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure

 At the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony on December 10, 2012, Crown Princess Victoria gave royal jewel lovers something to get excited over: she chose to wear the Bernadotte emerald demi-parure for the first time.

Swedens Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure 1

The demi-parure is comprised of a belt which belonged to the first Bernadotte King, now worn as a necklace, and two brooches, the larger of which was formerly a belt buckle.

Swedens Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure 2

Queen Silvia wearing both the necklace and the larger brooch in the first picture and the larger brooch in the second

 The first mention of this demi-parure was in the first Bernadotte Family Foundation documentation. The Bernadotte Family Foundation is a collection of jewels belonging to the Swedish Royal Family, which also means that those jewels cannot leave the family.

Swedens Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure 3

It appears that Queen Silvia had the necklace shortened in the 1990s by two emerald-and-diamond clusters.

Swedens Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure 4

See the difference?

Queen Silvia has worn the necklace a number of times, and it was also worn quite a bit by Princess Sibylla. Prior to Victoria wearing it at the Nobel Awards Ceremony, the most recent outing for the necklace was January 2009, when Queen Silvia attended the King’s representation gala dinner.

Swedens Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure 5

Princess Sibylla at the State Opening of Parliament in 1957; Queen Silvia at the Nobel Banquet in 1987, Queen Silvia in 1976; Queen Silvia in 1998, Queen Silvia at the King’s representation gala dinner in 2009

Crown Princess Victoria wore both brooches and the necklace at the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony on December 10, 2012 to match her gorgeous Elie Saab gown.

 Swedens Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure 6

I wish that the two clusters Silvia took off the necklace would be made into earrings. The Swedish Royal Family also needs a lovely emerald tiara to match, since they also have another, more modern, emerald demi-parure. What do you think?

Photo credits: IBL BILDBYRA, Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe, AP, Keystone, Getty, ANP

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One thought on “Magpie Monday: Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure

  1. […] Prize Ceremony wearing Elie Saab and the Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure, December 10, […]

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