I just watched 58 minutes of a documentary where I did not UNDERSTAND ONE WORD and remained totally riveted because the jewels are just so so beautiful. I encourage those non-Swedish speakers to do the same, particularly if you are a jewel lover. There are so many up close shots, and so many scenes of events we have seen (weddings, Nobel ceremonies) that will be fun to revisit.
A couple of notes before I leave this to our community and to those who understand this much better than I do. Silvia, Victoria and Christina all have much deeper voices than I expected. At approximately the 20 minute mark, the Swedish hairdresser comes in to show his magic, and it is mesmerizing. Immediately following are scenes of the Cameo at Victoria’s wedding, and the pure joy jumps off the screen. If you are a lover of late 18th and 19th century European portraiture, you are in for a treat. The Cut Steel? It’s amazing up close and it’s en tremblant – which I did not know.
If you are on Twitter, follow JR. He is unspooling information about the documentary bit by bit and he is always worth a listen.
The Cut steel parure was not found by Queen Silvia herself while rummaging through the cupboards of the Royal Palace but by historian Göran Malm in the palace Silver chamber while doing an inventory before an exhibition about Karl XIV Johan in the 1970s pic.twitter.com/Dh18fkBRjY
— JR (@Jakreg76) April 2, 2020
The tiara, which is very fragile, is a big favourite of Crown Princess Victoria who delights in it being set en tremblant & the feeling of it’s slight tremble as she moves her head. Because of it’s fragility she only wears it to events where she knows that there’ll be no dancing pic.twitter.com/fOA3zAKcJx
— JR (@Jakreg76) April 2, 2020
If you are more of an Instagram person, Tiara a Day also has translated some of the documentary. Another great resource to follow for royal jewels!
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It’s here! Part I of the SVT special “Kungliga smycken” (Royal Jewelry) is now live. You can find the link in my bio. Part II will air April 9th and I’ll also link it when it arrives. . . . This special was really amazing, the history, the interviews with the SRF and just the sheer wattage of sparkle alone will take your breath away. I had never seen the Braganza that up close before and you really get a look into the exquisite craftsmanship that went into it. Another favorite of mine was the Cut Steel and the detail of that piece. I never knew the sides were “en tremblant” and how that added to its allure. The Cameo Parure also was a sight to see in all its glory. But my favorite had to be the Leutchenberg sapphire Parure. The gems were flawless and the diamond base was even more spectacular close up. The video of Queen Silvia walking with it on was truly a wonder. Leave me a comment below letting me know how you liked it or what your fav part was. . . . FYI: I’m sure if there will be a version with English subtitles, I know, bummer BUT I did hear that if you use the Google Chrome web browser it might translate for you. If not, then we’ll have to wait for someone to Youtube it with subtitles. #atiaraaday #Kungligasmycken #crownprincessvictoria #queensilvia #princesschristina #swedishroyalfamily #kungafamiljen #diamonds #sapphires #cameos #royalty #royaljewels #tiara #jewelry #history #monarchy
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