As promised, today we look at one of the more wearable crown jewel sets: the Danish emerald parure.
|The Danish Emerald Parure Tiara|
|The rest of the emerald parure|
And that’s part of the trick of these crown jewels: only the queen has the authority to use them. Queen Alexandrine didn’t feel the need, hence sending them away, but her successor Queen Ingrid certainly made good use of them. And Ingrid’s daughter Margrethe has done the same.
The emeralds certainly aren’t among the most used jewels in Margrethe’s repertoire, but that’s understandable. It’s probably easier to use the ones that you have in your possession rather than sending out for the crown jewels; plus, you have the whole concept of saving them for important occasions. Another catch comes into play here as well: these gems can’t be taken outside of Denmark, so wearing them at foreign royal events is out of the question.
Margrethe wearing the parure during her 70th birthday celebrationsI love this tiara, even though it has less of a "wow" factor than, say, Norway’s green headliner. But I've never been a fan of the necklace, and I'm always too distracted by that to pay much attention to the tiara. The emeralds are just so, I don't know, overwhelmingly rectangular, I suppose.
Is this “crown jewel” worthy for you?
Photos: TRF/Rosenborg Castle/Polfoto/BilledBladet