The Russian Pink Topaz Demi-Parure was originally given to Maria Pavlovna of Russia as a gift on the occasion of her marriage to Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, on 3 August 1804, by her father, Tsar Paul.
The pink topazes are surrounded by diamonds and consist of a necklace with pendants, a small round brooch, and a larger, multi-stone brooch with a floral motif. Two of the pendants from the larger brooch can be detached and worn as earrings. The set is a “demi-parure” because it lacks a tiara, however Queen Silvia usually wears it with The Connaught Tiara or the much larger Braganza Tiara.
Maria Pavlovna gave birth to four children, but it was her daughter, Augusta, who inherited the pink topaz parure. Augusta went on to marry Wilhelm I, German Emperor, but it was not a happy marriage despite the birth of two children. Augusta’s daughter, Louise, inherited the jewels from her mother and it was through her daughter, Victoria of Baden that the parure made its way at last to Sweden. Victoria married Crown Prince Gustaf of Sweden and Norway in Karlsruhe on 20 September 1881 and she became queen on 8 December 1907.
Original Owner: Maria Pavlovna of Russia
Current Owner: The Bernadotte Foundation