Queen Silvia of Sweden will be celebrating her 75th Birthday tomorrow, and we are taking a look at some of her highlights. Since we have already taken a look at the Swedish Royal Tiaras, we are taking a look at the Swedish Pink Topaz Demi-Parure, which has been worn by Queen Silvia to a variety of notable occasions for decades-
The Demi-Parure consists of a heavy necklace with three pendants, a small round brooch, and a larger brooch with three pendants, which can be detached to be worn as earrings, all of which are set with magnificent, high-quality, Pink, Russian Topazes. The Parure was a wedding gift from Tsar Paul I of Russia to his daughter, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, when she married Grand Duke Carl Friedrich of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in 1804. The Topaz Demi-Parure was inherited by their daughter, Augusta, who became the Empress of Germany, and then went to her daughter, who became Grand Duchess Louise of Baden before arriving in Sweden in 1923, having been inherited by her daughter, who was Queen Victoria of Sweden.
By that time however, Queen Victoria had largely retired from official duties, and was not pictured wearing the Topaz Demi-Parure, which she left to the Family foundation in 1930, meaning it cannot be passed down like private property. After her death, the Topaz Parure was worn quite regularly by her daughter-in-law, Crown Princess Louise, most notably at the Coronation of her cousin, King George VI, in 1937, and later after she became Queen.
The Topaz Demi-Parure was also worn by her daughter-in-law, Princess Sibylla, and her daughter, Princess Christina, mostly around the time they served as the ‘First Ladies’ of Sweden, in the absence of a Queen. Princess Christina also wore it at the 2006 Nobel Prize Ceremony.
In 1976, the Swedish Topaz Parure got a new wearer, in the form of Queen Silvia, wore paired the pieces with the Braganza Tiara for her first Official Portrait. Queen Silvia has regularly worn the Demi-Parure at a variety of important public and private occasions, like King Carl Gustaf’s 50th Birthday in 1996, cousin Queen Margretha of Denmark’s 60th Birthday in 2000, the 1995 Pre-Wedding Gala of cousin Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece (also wearing the gown worn by Crown Princess Victoria at the Nobel Prize Ceremony earlier this month), and the Swedish State Visit to Denmark, as well as numerous Nobel Prize Ceremonies.
More recently, Queen Silvia paired the Topaz Demi-Parure with the Braganza Tiara at the Wedding of Crown Princess Victoria, with the 9-Prong Tiara for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume’s Pre-Wedding Gala in 2012, and the most recent appearance of the Parure was in a 2014 Portrait. I hope we get to see it worn by Crown Princess Victoria at one of the Nobel Prize Ceremonies, but there is no doubt we will continue to see the Topaz Demi-Parure for years to come.
Listen to Queen Silvia talking about the Topaz Parure: