Emperor Christian Victor I

Emperor Christian Victor I

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Tiaras and Trinkets on Tuesday (The Crown Jewels of Normandia)

In 2011 by popular vote the Republic of Normandia became a Constitutional Kingdom. The restoration of their monarchy put Gloria Van Der Bilt on the throne and the Crown Jewels used in the investiture were placed on permanent display in the Gallery of the Royal Palace. Today we will feature this rather small but none the less very impressive collection of Crown Jewels.

In Nov 2010, the Crown of Normandia was presented to Gloria Van Der Bilt after a popular referendum showed in favour of a monarchy. The crown was newly made especially for the Investiture ceremony that was to follow in 2011. The old Crown Jewels of Normandia were destroyed during the 96 Revolution.

The new Royal Crown of Normandia is the central feature and only piece of regalia in the collection. It incorporates the national colours of the Normandian nation and as such is set with four large top quality oval Aquamarines. It also contains 11 fairly large diamonds.

Next we have what can be considered the regalia of the Queen Consort of Normandia as there is no crown for such a queen. This consists of an antique, medieval Tiara and choker necklace dating from  the early 16th century. It also incorporates the national light blue by being set with aquamarines but it is accented by yellow and white diamonds .

The Medieval Queen Consort Tiara and choker as worn by Queen Gloria on her Investiture Day.

The Normandian Crown Jewels also include a full Sapphire Parure called the Royal Sapphire Parure of Normandia. This set was completed days before the 96 Revolution for the last Queen Consort of Normandia. It was never used and remained in the vaults of the new democracy until Queen Gloria was gifted it by the people of Normandia.

The Royal Sapphire Parure of Normandia was made from an existing set of private jewellery that belonged to Queen Sophia of Normandia. The stones were recut and set into this complete parure consisting of a tiara, necklace, earrings and brooch.

Queen Gloria wears the Sapphire Parure for a State visit from the Princess of Wallachia to Normandia in 2011.

Seeing as the sapphires count as official jewels, Queen Gloria seems to choose to wear them for that purpose like in the official State Portrait for 2011.


  1. I love the new royal crown that is to die for!! I'm sure Wueen Glora know her sapphires speak volume.

  2. i love all your posts you really make doll collecting fun and those jewels are breathtaking

  3. Thank you so much for the kind compliments. I appreciate that you enjoy waht I do on this blog.