Monday, 11 April 2016

Diamonds and Daisies

April is all about spring, new life and the fun that comes from the sun starting to shine again. So it's no surprise that the month's birth flower is a daisy, that pretty little reminder of everything that is lovely about spring. The birth stone is a diamond which, let's face it, would suit any month of the year but April got lucky and got the biggest sparkler of them all. And one rather well known piece of royal jewellery brings the two together - the Diamond Daisy tiara that belongs to Mette-Marit of Norway.

The Crown Princess of Norway in her diamond daisy tiara
(photo Jorgen Gomnaes, Royal Court Norway)

This tiara made its debut on the day that Mette-Marit became a royal. It was a wedding present to her from her royal in laws and she wore it for her marriage at Oslo Cathedral on August 25th 2001.

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It is made up of pretty daisies constructed from diamonds which sit in a bandeau style. It's a delicate piece which works well with plenty of outfits and although it's not the biggest tiara you will ever see, it is rather sweet and very elegant.

The origins of this tiara aren't known. It's believed to be from Garrard's and to have been bought by King Harald and Queen Sonja in the run up to the royal wedding of 2001. It's also very similar to the diadem worn by Cate Blanchett in the 1999 film, An Ideal Husband, but whether it's one and the same piece will probably never be known. It could well be that this Cate got to sparkle in it before it became the property of a Crown Princess but all we do know is that the two pieces look rather alike.  

These diamond daisies make up what is easily Mette-Marit's favourite tiara. She wears it regularly and although she has used other pieces from the Norwegian jewellery collection, the chances are that if the occasion needs a tiara then this Crown Princess will be going for the floral option.

And why not? The Diamond Daisy tiara of Mette-Marit of Norway is fresh and modern while keeping an air of tradition and suits her to perfection. If you're going to put diamonds and daisies together, that's the way to do it.

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