Today marks the 90th Anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria of Sweden, who died on this day in 1930. Born Princess Viktoria of Baden, she brought a plethora of jewels into the Swedish Royal Family when she married the future King Gustav V of Sweden in 1881, including today’s Pearl Corsage Brooch.
Featuring a central perl surrounded by a diamond semi-sunburst with a series of elaborate diamond pendants suspended from the central element, which can also be replaced with a diamond element. The provenance of the piece is unknown, though it’s quite likely that it was a wedding gift, possibly even from the Swedish people who called Princess Viktoria “The Vasa Princess”, because of her descent from the old Vasa dynasty. Crown Princess and later Queen wore the Pearl Corsage Brooch throughout her life, with a variety of other jewels, usually the Baden Fringe Tiara as a Diadem, a Necklace and a Stomacher, but also with the Leuchtenberg Sapphires and her Diamond Stars.
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Unlike many of Queen Victoria’s other jewels, which went to her granddaughter, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, the Pearl Corsage Brooch, and the Baden Fringe, remained in the Swedish Royal vaults, but the Corsage Brooch didn’t publicly appear for almost a century until being worn by Queen Silvia, with the Baden Fringe, for a Dinner on a State Visit to Germany, a fitting tribute to a German Princess who became the Swedish Queen.