Yes there are two Aquamarine Bandeaux: one from Luxembourg and one from Sweden. So don’t you dare confuse them!
Yes, I admit that most of the time tiara names are not the most creative monikers but they could’ve at least tried to distinguish between the two. The “Swedish Aquamarine Bandeau” and the “Luxembourgian Aquamarine Bandeau” don’t seem entirely outlandish. (Wow, “Luxembourgian” really is a word. The other option is “Luxembourger” and my husband says that’s too hilarious to use, even if it’s real.)
Let’s talk about the Luxembourg Aquamarine Bandeau first. It’s one of those scrumptious art-deco tiaras, composed of whopping diamonds and aquamarines in a bandeau setting. The Aquamarine Bandeau was made for the late Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte. Apparently, it was a demi-parure with earrings and a sautoir. Funny thing is, the earrings or the necklace alone out-weigh the bandeau. This is the best shot of all three I could find.
That was ALL of the information I could find on the thing…apparently this tiara evokes ire in many denizens of Cyberland. I quote one, “I just wish she’d burn this tiara.” Now that’s a tad radical… I am having difficulty finding a photo of just the tiara or of Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte wearing it. I can not find WHEN it was given to her or who gave it to her or who made it. Do people really hate this tiara this much?
Today theAquamarine Bandeau (how’s that for a name?) is worn much more frequently by Joséphine-Charlotte’s daughter-in-law, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. At least there’s photographic evidence that it exists, even if no further information can be gleaned. (It’s REALLY frustrating…don’t people document things anymore?)
And what of that second, single-stoned Aquamarine Bandeau that Princess Madeleine was wearing? What shall we call that one? Well, the fact is, I was being a pain in the ass the whole time. The Swedish version DOES have another nickname. The aquamarine bandeau is more playfully known as “the Cyclops.”