Friday, March 10, 2006

A Beautiful Green

The Norwegian emerald
parure is one of the
loveliest, with the dark,
rich green of the rain
forest. Its origins goes
back to Napoleon with the
neo-Classical design common
for that time. The original
owner was reportedly the
Empress Josephine, making
its way first to Sweden
through Princess Josephine
of Leuchtenberg.







Queen Sofia of Sweden, nee Nassau, wearing the tiara. During her
time the necklace had seven pendants and there were no earrings.
Crown Princess Margarita, nee Connaught, wore her mother-in-law's
emeralds to her cousin King George V's coronation in 1911. The
set was later inherited by the queen's youngest son, Prince Carl,
and worn by his wife, Princess Ingeborg, nee Denmark.



The tiara, necklace and brooch came to Norway as gifts to Crown
Princess Martha from her parents on the birth of the Norwegian
heir, the future King Harald. By the time Crown Princess Martha
received the jewels, all but one of the pendants were gone, and
the two large tear-shaped emeralds were replaced by diamond
honeysuckle motifs and made into earrings.

4 Comments:

At Wednesday, April 04, 2007 7:41:00 AM, Blogger Henry North London said...

Wonderful pictures Thanks for informing me of their history

 
At Monday, July 21, 2008 6:57:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it looks like it would fit very well with empress marie-louise's diamond and emerald necklace and earrings from the louvre

 
At Tuesday, March 03, 2009 10:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love all these pictures and the history...just fabulous...I love al this stuff!!!!

 
At Friday, March 05, 2010 2:14:00 PM, Blogger =^..^= Kitty =^..^= said...

In a world of ugly T-shirts, this elegance brings tears to my eyes. Thanks for posting them.

 

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