European Royals

Brilliant Blue Gems—Sweden’s Leuchtenberg Sapphires

September 2, 2016

The brilliant blue gems found in the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara is a dazzling way to start September. This tiara is a magnificent jewelry piece and is one of Sweden’s Queen Silvia’s favorites.

Many experts consider the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure as a beautiful example of jewelry craftsmanship. The complete set consists of a tiara, necklace, earrings, brooch and four hairpins. The original earrings have been lost so two of the hair pins have been re-fashioned into earrings.

The tiara displays eleven large, rectangular-shaped dark blue sapphires set on a base of honeysuckle and leaves crafted from eleven oval-shaped diamonds and hundreds of smaller diamonds. This sapphire parure has become Queen Silvia’s signature set of jewels. The Queen always looks stunning when she wears the sapphires. We can only hope that Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Estelle will appreciate the beauty and glamor of these royal blue gems when they sit on Sweden’s throne.

Artemisia at in “Swedish Royal Jewels: The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure” documents the history of this stunning sapphire parure.

Artemisia’s Royal Jewels: Swedish Royal Jewels: The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure original parure consisted of a tiara, necklace, earrings, brooch and four hairpins. At some point, the original earrings were separated from the set, and so Queen Louise had two of the earrings converted into a pair of earrings.  To learn about each individual element of the parure, as well as its history and provenance, read on. Tiara The pride and joy of the parure is of course the tiara. Read more…


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