Tiara Thursday (on a Friday): The Midnight Tiara

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The Midnight Tiara was initially created by Charlotte Lynggaard for a 2009 exhibition in Denmark, “Tiara – Queen of Jewels, the Jewel of Queens” hosted at the Amalienborg Royal Palace Museum.

The tiara is composed of dreamy cabochon moonstones. There are around 1,300 brilliant cut diamonds set in rose gold, white gold, and oxidized silver. Crown Princess Mary must have loved the tiara at first sight as she began borrowing it from the jewelry house Ole Lynggaard. The tiara doesn’t belong to her, but it appears to be on a permanent loan for Mary’s exclusive use.

And if you’d like a tiara from Ole Lynggaard, then you’re in luck. There is a small tiara available for sale; it’s reminiscent of Mary’s Midnight Tiara because of its mixed stones and wreath-like style.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday’s Royal Trinket: The Crown of Christian V

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Crowns are a symbol of absolute power. Therefore it makes sense that Denmark, one of the oldest monarchies in the world, has crowns dating all the way back to the 1500s.

The Crown of Christian V dates back to 1671. It was used by Christian V (1646-1699) and worn by all successive kings up until Christian VIII (1786–1848). After Christian VIII, the crown was no longer used for coronations or anointments because in 1849 Denmark adopted a constitutional monarchy. Being crowned or anointed wasn’t appropriate since Danish kings had limited powers and the public probably didn’t like the “anointed by God” explanation (just my guess!).

Portrait of Christian V via Wikimedia Commons.

“Its rounded braces create a closed form inspired by the crown of the French king, Louis XIV, and symbolise the ruler’s absolute power. The crown’s braces meet at the top in a globe, or orb, which is a sign of power and dignity for monarchs. On top of the crown’s globe is a little cross, which in the symbolic language of the time showed that only the church stood above The Crown.”

– The Danish Monarchy

The crown was created by German goldsmith Paul Kurtz in Copenhagen. It’s made of gold and decorated with stones and enamel pieces and holds a red velvet cap. You’ve probably seen the crown’s image in the Danish coat of arms.

The crown is on display at Rosenborg Castle, along with the other crown jewels.