ROYAL JEWELLERY || The Rosenborg Kokoshnik Tiara Made in the 1930’s by the Danish jeweller Dragsted, The Rosenborg Kokoshnik Tiara was acquired by Prince Viggo, Count of Rosenborg for his American-born wife, Princess Viggo. As the couple didn’t have any children, the tiara was inherited by Prince and Princess Viggo’s sister-in-law, Princess Margaretha, who in return passed it on to her daughter-in-law, Countess Ruth of Rosenborg. Following her death, it was put on an auction at Bukowskis where the estimated value was placed at more than $200.000 but it did not sell. It is modelled after the traditional Russian headdress, the kokoshnik (hence the name), and consists of garnets and diamonds.


ClassicCatherine’s favorite crowns/tiaras (in no particular order);

The Swedish Aquamarine Bandeau, The Danish Midnight Tiara,

The Dutch Diamond Bandeau, The Swedish Cameo Tiara,

The Swedish Amethyst Tiara, The Spanish Floral Tiara,

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, Monaco’s Ocean Tiara


♕  My Favourite TiarasDanish Ruby Parure Tiara

To talk about the origin of this tiara we have to go back in time to Napoleon Bonaparte’s coronation, when, the future, Carl XIV Johan of Sweden bought for his wife, Dérisée, this tiara and a parure. But this piece it’s mostly associated with Queen Ingrid of Denmark. It was Ingrid who remodelated the original (and much smaller) tiara. She used two brooches that came with the original parure to give the delicate piece more substance and, with that, it became the grand piece she wore for years. When she died, Ingrid left the tiara and the parure to Crown Prince Frederick. This was the first tiara Crown Princess Mary ever wore. Mary, also made the second makeover of this piece, but the changes are not big. She repositioned the leaves, making it look more compact and added a frame more compatible with her head shape. (x)


The Making of the Midnight Tiara:

A tiara created in a unique blend of different shades of gold, black silver, moonstone and diamond-studded buds, designed by Charlotte Lynggaard from Ole Lynggaard, for the exclusive use of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

Royal Tiara Challenge: Day 23 - Favorite Emerald Tiara

The Danish Emerald Parure

In total: 67 emeralds and 2,650 diamonds composing a parure of a tiara, necklace, earrings, and brooch. The brooch itself can disassemble into three smaller brooches, and can also serve as a pendant for the necklace. The largest 26 emeralds date from 1723, when they were a gift from King Christian VI to Queen Sophie Magdalene for giving birth to the future Frederik V. The rest of the emeralds belonged to Princess Charlotte of Denmark, and the diamonds used also previously belonged to the royal family. The whole thing was put together by C.M. Weisshaupt in time for Queen Caroline Amalie to wear while celebrating her silver wedding anniversary with King Christian VIII in 1840.


The Midnight Tiara of Denmark.

Description:  Delicate hand graved leaves and thin branches are made of 18k rose and white gold as well as black oxidized silver.  The 31 beautifully shaped flower buds are set with over 1300 sparkling diamonds together with specially cut cabochon moonstones in different sizes, creating lustres of lights and shades - like a starry, moonlit sky at midnight.  The designer spent more than 300 hours together with the team of highly skilled goldsmiths to finalize this one-of-a-kind handicraft.  

History:  This tiara is one of the newest tiaras on the royal scene; it was created for the tiara exhibition at the Amalienborg Royal Palace Museum in 2009 by Charlotte Lynggaard for Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen.  Crown Princess Mary has exclusive rights to this tiara.

Notable occasions:

  • Crown Princess Mary (Prince Henrik’s 75th birthday celebrations, 2009)
  • Crown Princess Mary (Queen Margrethe’s 70th birthday celebrations, 2010)

The Danish Ruby Parure

For the history of the Danish Ruby Parure click here.

Mary’s Changes

In 2004 Mary Donaldson of Australia married Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. The first set of jewels she wore was left to her husband by his grandmother, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, for his future wife. It was the Danish Ruby Parure. In 2010, after 6 years of owning the parure, Crown Princess Mary decided to take a page out of Queen Ingrid’s playbook, and make some changes. 

Mary commissioned Danish goldsmith Marianne Dulong to revamp the parure so that it would better fit her proportions and personality. The restoration began in February of 2010 and finished in 2012 with input from Crown Princess Mary, her hairdresser Søren Hedegaard, her stylist Anja Aladji, and Marianne Dulong and her team. A book and short documentary was made about the restoration. The book is called Eventyrlige Rubiner by Nina Hald, and you can watch the video (in danish) here


The tiara may be what started the restoration. Mary wanted to alter the tiara to better fit her head. Royal fans may remember the difficulties Mary and her team had getting the tiara to stay on the top of her head its first few outings. To accomplish this the tiara had to be completely dissembled and remade on a different frame. For the Danish ruby tiara they used the frame from Mary’s wedding tiara as a guide for the new frame. 

Once the correct shape was determined it was time to reassemble the tiara.  Luckily the tiara was of surprisingly good quality given the rush the original jewelers were under given the coronation. The tiara is made of silver leaves covered in diamonds, ruby currant berries mounted in gold, and gold stems. The team at Marianne Dulong was incredibly thorough, consulting botany books to make sure the arrangement of the leaves and berries were realistic. Afterwords, a total of 13 leaves and 55 rubies were removed from the tiara and used in other pieces. 


One of the other main purposes of the restoration was to make the parure more Mary’s style. She wanted the necklace to have a more minimalist style, while also being very versatile, a theme throughout the parure. To accomplish this Marianne Dulong and her team had to create a new locking mechanism that would allow the rosettes, pendants, and chains to be taken on and off. It would also allow new pearl pendants to be attached. Mary choose to add 3 different types of pearls: peach/pink Freshwater, silver South Sea, and grey Tahitian. You can see the pearls and their matching earring counterparts in picture 9. Picture 4 is all the various ways the necklace can now be worn, though I couldn’t find a picture of her wearing the pearls with it. 

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ROYAL JEWELLERY || The Khedive of Egypt Tiara In 1905, when Princess Margaret of Connaught was married to Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden and became Crown Princess of Sweden, one of her many wedding gifts were the stunning Khedive of Egypt Tiara. Made by Cartier, the tiara was a gift from, well, the Khedive of Egypt since it was in Egypt that the couple had first met. The tiara consists of ornamented diamonds and is able to be converted into a stomacher piece. When the, now, Crown Princess Margareta died in 1920, she left the tiara to her only daughter, the ten-year-old Princess Ingrid who would later become Queen Consort of Denmark and bring the Khedive into the Danish royal family. It was also Ingrid who started the tradition of loaning the Khedive to everyone of her female descendants on their wedding days – the only one who hasn’t worn it being the yet unmarried Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark. In that respect, it will be interesting to see whether the tradition will continue with her great-granddaughters (of which there currently are 8) because when Queen Ingrid died in 2000, she left the tiara for her youngest daughter, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece. That didn’t stop her from lending it out to her niece, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, on her wedding day in 2011. Since inheriting it, Anne-Marie has had a taller base put on the tiara (not pictured), but has not made any large modifications to it.