The Norwegian Royal Emerald and Diamond Parure; worn by Queen Sonja of Norway. The original owner was reportedly the Empress Josephine, making its way first to Sweden through Princess Josephine of Leuchtenberg.
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.
Empress Josephine’s Emerald Tiara, Queen Sonja of Norway: Read it It is part of the Norwegian Emerald Parure, a set of jewelry also including a matching necklace, earrings and brooch, and is part of the Norwegian Royal family’s crown jewels. The emeralds most likely originated in the emerald mines of Colombia and this tiara has a very long history from Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign in the 1800′s to today.
Given by her parents to Princess Maud of Wales when she married Carl of Denmark in 1896, the tiara is designed with diamond scroll and festoon motifs topped with pearls. In 1905, Carl was chosen to become king of the newly independent Norway and took the name King Haakon VII. The tiara remained in the possession of the Norwegian crown.
In 1993, the Norwegian royals sent the Queen Maud pearl and diamond tiara to Garrard & Co., the British jewelers who originally made the tiara, to be cleaned. While at Garrard, the tiara was stolen, and it has never been recovered. To try to atone for the loss, the jewelers made a replica tiara, complete with precious stones, that looks nearly identical to the original. The replica is the tiara worn by the women of the Norwegian royal family today.
Newly-wed Crown Princess Sonja of Norway in a green dress and the "Oslofjord" tiara attends the 50th anniversary of Embetsmennenes Landsforbund, an Norwegian organization for state officials from 1918-1968, September 1968