(the best of) Tiara Time: the Amethyst Necklace Tiara of Norway

(Originally published 28 Febrero 2013)

queen sonja's amethyst necklace tiaraI’d imagine that you kids have had enough amethysting for a year by now. I thought it was funny & a little gross…so there! It would seem a crime to let the last day of February slip by without one last birthstone tiara. So let’s say ‘aloha’ to Amethysts Ahoy Theme Week(s) in style.

The Amethyst Necklace tiara is a relatively new tiara, especially when compared to yesterday’s Napoleonic Amethysts. This tiara, part of a parure as well actually, was given to Queen Sonja by King Harald V of Norway. The aderezo consists of drop earrings, the convertible drop necklace that becomes a tiara when mounted on its frame; two bracelets that can be combined to form a necklace and a brooch with a drop pendant. Below, Queen Sonja shows us how it wear it both ways.

queen sonja of norway in amethyst necklace tiara

(left) Queen Sonja wears the drop-earrings and the “necklace option”; (right) the “tiara option” with earrings and the two bracelets linked to form another necklace

Sometime around 2004, Queen Sonja gave the parure to her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Mette-Marit. The princess was first seen wearing the tiara at the pre-wedding celebrations for Crown Prince Frederik’s wedding in Denmark. Having provided the Norwegian throne with an heir not more than a month prior, some speculate the plum parure was Mette-Marit’s “motherhood gift”.

crown princess mette-marit in Amethyst Necklace tiara

I love the “Oh you!” admonishing smile she’s got going on in the pink dress.

More recently, the convertible tiara-necklace was seen in Stockholm at Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding in 2010. Mette-Marit loaned the Amethyst tiara to Princess Märtha-Louise.

crownPrincess Martha Louise in Amethyst Necklace tiaraThe main complaint I hear about convertible tiaras is that they tend to be sparse when used as headgear. Do you agree? Does the Amethyst Necklace tiara come off as a dinky?

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Connecticut-based jewelry monger, history buff, Mets fan. On the hum-drum side, call me a lauded poet, novelist and ghost-writer. (That's right, I haunt prose.)
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5 Responses to (the best of) Tiara Time: the Amethyst Necklace Tiara of Norway

  1. Angelyn says:

    “Oh, you!” — that is exactly what the Crown Princess is thinking. How perceptive!

    I like Princess Marta Louise’s hair. But it tends to overpower that tiara.


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