A Visit to Buckingham Palace for Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration

Yesterday, two Royal Posters visited Buckingham Palace to see the smashing jewelry exhibit put on to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It is most aptly named Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration and it was magnificent. Serious jumpy claps…

The exhibit includes some choice selections from the Queen’s personal collection as well as from the Royal Collection. As the book which accompanies the exhibit explains:

“These works span three centuries and have been selected for their significance as works of art, for their diversity of diamond cutting and mounting that they embody, and for their historic importance. They also illustrate the ways in which diamonds have been used by royal patrons and collectors. Several of the exhibits were commissioned by Queen Victoria (reigned 1837-1901), the only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. These works of art are distinct from the state regalia and jewels (Crown Jewels) held in the Tower of London.”

The tour includes complimentary audio tour which begins with a warm welcome from Prince Charles. After walking through the grand state rooms, including the throne room where wedding photos are traditionally taken, it’s time to see the diamonds. The room where the exhibit is set up has dim lighting, but each piece is lit up for extra glittery effect, and there’s no rush to go from one piece to the next. Love that. Let’s dive in!

Queen Victoria’s Small Diamond Crown

The exhibit was set up in chronological order, so one of the first pieces that you see is Queen Victoria’s Small Diamond Crown, which dates to 1870. After Prince Albert’s death in 1861, the Queen preferred to wear colourless stones as much as possible as a sign of mourning so this new crown certainly fit the bill:

And it really is petite. Petite and sparkly! It weighs only 140 grams and is made up of 1,187 diamonds. The arches can be removed to make it a circlet as well.

And here it is atop the Queen’s head:

It has been worn by Queen Mary and Queen Alexandra, but since 1937 it has been part of the display at the Tower of London.

The Coronation Necklace & Earrings

Moving along, the next pieces that really caused some heart palpitations was the stunning Coronation Necklace:

which were shown with the stunning Coronation Earrings:

These pieces were also also made for Queen Victoria by Garrard and was completed in 1858. One of the drops of the earrings is approximately 12 carats and the other is 7. You can see in the picture that there is some difference in the ‘sparkliness’ of the two, but they are both stunning.

These pieces have since been worn by four Queens during their coronations: first up was Queen Alexandra in 1901, followed by Queen Mary in 1911, Queen Elizabeth in 1937, and of course Her Majesty the Queen in 1953.

The Queen wore the necklace in Canada with her maple leaf dress in July 2010:

And we’ll be getting to those other sparkly pieces she is wearing in short order!

Queen Alexandra’s Coronation Fan

But first, the next piece that I particularly loved seeing is one that I really knew nothing about. This is Queen Alexandra’s Coronation Fan which dates to 1902:

Now that’s a fan! Brilliant and rose cut diamonds are set into the tortoise shell handle in a beautiful, floral design topped with an “A” and coronet. No expense was spared; both sides of the handle are set with diamonds and the precise detail is quite extraordinary.

Some more of the detail can be seen here:

Queen Alexandra passed the fan along to Queen Mary, who then gave it to the future Queen Elizabeth two days before the coronation of King George VI in May 1937. A note in Queen Mary’s hand reads:

For Darling Elizabeth in rememberance of Coronation Day 12th may 1937 from her loving Mama Mary. This fan formerly belonged to Queen Alexandra.

Queen Mary’s Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

My fave of them all comes up next:

We went into quite a bit of detail about this tiara in our post here, so let me just say the obvious, that in real life this tiara is super sparkly and gorgeous.

Fun fact we learned: according to Garrard’s Royal Ledger, this tiara was originally surmounted by 14 large pearls and could also be worn as a necklace or as a coronet, which is how the then Duchess of York (later Queen Mary) wore it to the Devonshire Ball in July 1897. Yes, it was a costume affair:

Which reminds me, we really need to talk about that particular Devonshire Ball in another post. It was quite the evening.

The Cullinan III and IV:

The Sparkliest Award of All Award goes to this brooch:

It was really quite thrilling to see up close. As you may recall, the Queen chose to wear this brooch for the Service of Thanksgiving marking her diamond Jubilee:

There is oodles of history on this piece which we’ll have to get into at another time. Suffice to say it’s gorgeous.

The Cullinan V:

This brooch was there as well:

That centre stone is 18.8 metric carats and can also be removed and suspended from the Cullinan VIII…

The Cullinan VIII:

Which is this delightful piece we have here:

How versatile, eh? That’s the Cullinan VI dangling from it in the above picture.

The Greville Chandelier Earrings

It’s the wee hours of the morning here in London, so I will end with this last, sparkly highlight. Here we have the Greville Chandelier Earrings:

Cartier created these beauties in 1918 for Mrs Greville, a generous grand dame who left them, and several other pieces, to Queen Elizabeth when she passed away in 1942. Mrs. Greville made changes to the original design in 1922 and 1929, which is the last time any changes were made. Each earring is made up of 16 stones.

Here is another shot of the Queen wearing them in Ottawa in 2010:

Not a bad note to end on, is it?

There are oodles of other pieces on display and the exhibit runs until the 7th of October. If you aren’t able to make it,  the next best thing is the book which accompanies the exhibit. It is by Caroline de Guitaut and is chock full of interesting info and pictures galore, and has proved to be great reading! It can be purchased here.

Tomorrow morning brings a visit to the V & A for the exhibit Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, so off to bed. Will be back with a full review!

The Emerald Parure of The Netherlands

The Emerald Parure of The Netherlands

To help us get out of our post-Jubilee funk, here’s a favourite emerald parure to drool over. This post on some seriously gorgeous bling comes courtesy of Royal Poster Sarah, who is quite an expert on these matters (thank you, Sarah!).

The history of emerald parure of The Netherlands starts in 1898-1899 when is was created by Eduard Schürmann & Co. of Frankfurt, as a gift from Queen Emma (Queen Consort to William III, and Queen Regent) to her daughter, Queen Wilhelmina in 1899. The emeralds arrived in Holland in the 18th century with Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia (niece of Frederick the Great), wife of William V of Orange-Nassau. It now belongs to the Orange-Nassau Family Foundation, which was set up in the 1960’s by HM Queen Juliana as a repository for a large section of the jewels of the Dutch Royal Family.

The parure that was created in 1898-1899 consisted of a delicate v-shaped diamond and emerald tiara, a necklace and pendant, a ring, a brooch, and two bracelets.

Here are the settings of the brooch:

The tiara has scroll and figure 8 motifs, with silver, gold and diamonds, and 2 round emeralds surround by diamonds on the sides, with the original tiara having 3 large emeralds and diamonds clusters in the center. In the 1950’s the two emeralds in the center were removed to make earrings for Queen Juliana, and two additional emeralds were put in the center to make the current configuration of the tiara.

Queen Juliana

This tiara has been worn upright, but it’s also been worn upside down in a delightful twist on the part of Queen Juliana and her daughters. Isn’t it neat?

Queen Beatrix

HRH Princess Margriet

HRH Princess Irene

The necklace consists of an intricate design of emeralds and diamonds, with the detachable pendant continuing the figure 8 and floral motifs from the tiara. The necklace has been worn both with and without the detachable pendant (which is often worn on the left), and with the back clasp of the necklace at a front central focus. The brooch itself has also been worn frequently. Both are very versatile pieces, and have been worn by multiple royal ladies!

The bracelet is also worn frequently, as is the ring – both visible in the following photos.

It’s so great to see parts of the parure worn by so many ladies of the Dutch Royal Family!

Princess Máxima (3), Princess Mabel, Princess Laurentien

One of the most interesting aspects of the Emerald Parure of the Netherlands is that it can be completely changed by removing the emeralds, and attaching pearls! This diamond and pearl version has also been widely used since it was made in 2003, and both versions are in regular use by the ladies of the Dutch Royal Family. How neat is that?

Princess Laurentien, Princess Máxima, Queen Beatrix, Princess Margriet, Duchess Annemarie of Parma

What do you think of the Emerald Parure of the Netherlands?

Provenance of the Emerald Parure

  1. Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  2. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands
  3. Orange-Nassau Family Foundation

Here’s the list of all recorded wearers of the Emerald Parure – it’s extensive!

  • Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
  • Queen Juliana of the Netherlands
  • Princess Irene of the Netherlands, Dowager Duchess of Parma (daughter of Queen Juliana, sister of Queen Beatrix)
  • Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; both emerald and pearl settings
  • Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, Mrs. van Vollenhoven; both emerald and pearl settings (daughter of Queen Juliana, sister of Queen Beatrix)
  • Princess Máxima of the Netherlands; both emerald and pearl settings (wife of Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, the heir apparent to the throne of the Netherlands)
  • Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands; the pearl setting (wife of Prince Constantijn)
  • Duchess Annemarie of Parma; the pearl setting (she is the daughter-in-law of Princess Irene, wife of Prince Carlos, Duke of Parma)

This is the third post in our emerald series – first up was the Danish Emerald Parure, second the Greek Emerald Parure Tiara.

The Greek Emerald Parure Tiara

The second of our emerald tiaras for the month of May, the Greek Emerald Parure Tiara!

The Greek Emerald Parure Tiara

This tiara’s history begins in 1867, when Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna of Russia arrived in Greece to marry King George I. She brought with her a set of cabochon emeralds in varying sizes, and during her lifetime Queen Olga of Greece wore those emeralds in a variety of settings – in her kokoshnik, as pendants on a necklace, and as brooches.

Upon Queen Olga’s death in 1926 her emeralds passed to her grandson, King George II, and his wife Queen Elisabeth of Greece decided to really use the emeralds. She wore it as a single emerald in a bandeau low across her forehead, which was in fashion at the time, and she also had several emeralds set in a diamond frame. However, Queen Elisabeth eventually decided to have a new tiara commissioned by Cartier that was quite similar to a tiara that was owned by her sister, Queen Maria of Yugoslavia. This tiara is in the style of the kokosnik tiara, and features 5 cabuchon emeralds set between stylized ‘E’’s made out of diamonds, in honour of Elisabeth’s name.

Queen Elisabeth and King George II ended up divorced with no children after a period of exile. The tiara remained in the Greek Royal Family, and it makes its next appearance on Queen Frederika, the wife of King Pavlos, the younger brother of King George II.

Queen Frederika loved the emeralds, and wore them on a regular basis, both as a tiara, or as a necklace in combination with other tiaras in the Greek Royal family. Queen Frederika altered the tiara and removed the band at the top and bottom of the tiara, making it the tiara that exists today. Queen Frederika also completed the elements of the parure, making use of the remaining cabochon emeralds in a pair of drop emerald earrings, a large brooch with multiple mirrored diamond ‘E’s and more emeralds, and 5 single emerald drops which can be suspended from any necklace, or suspended from the brooch.

Queen Frederika passed the full parure to the wife of her son King Constantine II upon his marriage in 1946 to HRH Princess Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid of Denmark.

The new Queen Anne-Marie, who was married to King Constantine II just two weeks after her 18th birthday, is the youngest sister of Queen Margarethe II of Denmark, and the cousin of King Carl Gustav of Sweden. (See our most recent tiara post on the Danish Emerald Parure, for Queen Anne-Marie’s sister Queen Margarethe II of Denmark in more fabulous emeralds!) King Constantine II, Queen Anne-Marie and their children went into exile in 1976, and King Constantine was official deposed in 1973 when Greece declared itself a republic. The majority of the jewels of the Royal Family of Greece remained their property even after the monarch was abolished, and this is true of the Greek Emerald Parure Tiara.

Queen Anne-Marie has worn the Greek Emerald Parure Tiara frequently, both with the full parure, and with the tiara by itself or parts of the parure separately. She seems especially fond of the brooch, which she often suspends from a necklace she was given by her mother, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, which she received from Queen Alexandrine of Denmark. Queen Ingrid separated the necklace into two pieces, one of which she gave to Anne-Marie, and the other to her sister Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Queen Anne-Marie has also worn the separate emerald drops suspended from the necklace.

You can really see the ‘E’ diamond motifs in the photo on the right.

Queen Anne-Marie and King Constantine II of Greece with daughter Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark at the Gala in honour of HM Queen Margarethe’s 40th year on the throne of Denmark, 2010

What do you think of the Greek Emerald Parure Tiara?

See the Danish Emerald Parure for the first in our emerald tiara series for May.

Up next in emerald tiaras – The Emerald Parure of the Netherlands.

The Danish Emerald Parure

Happy May everyone!

We thought we would highlight some emerald tiaras and parures as May’s birthstone is the emerald, so here’s our first in a series:

The Danish Emerald Parure Tiara

HM Queen Margarethe

This parure was commissioned in 1840 for Queen Caroline Amalie, the wife and consort of King Christian VIII of Denmark, on the occasion of their 25th silver wedding anniversary. It is part of Denmark’s Crown Jewels, and as such is not allowed to leave Denmark, and it can only be worn by the Queen. It was made by C.M. Weisshaupt in 1840. The parure consists of emeralds and brilliant diamonds in a tiara, necklace, brooch and earrings. The necklace can also be taken apart into three brooches, or used as pendant. It consists of 67 emeralds and 2,650 diamonds.

There is a great deal of history associated with this parure, which isn’t surprising given that it is part of the Crown Jewels. The emeralds came from two sources – part were from Princess Charlotte of Denmark, the sister of King Christian VI, and the other (and larger) emeralds were a gift from King Christian VI to his wife Queen Sophie Magdalene upon the birth of the Crown Prince (the future Frederick V) in 1723. These emeralds were put together with diamonds that already were owned by the Royal Family when the parure was commissioned in 1840.

A quick little info on the Crown Jewels of Denmark. They were started when Queen Sophie Magdalene left some of her jewelry for the use of future queens of Denmark in her will, and the collection has been added to ever since. In 1914 Queen Alexandrine had them sent to Rosenborg Castle, and they are now on public display, but available for sole use by the current Queen at her pleasure.

The Queens who have worn the Danish Emerald Parure are:
1. Queen Caroline Amalie of Denmark
2. Queen Louise of Denmark
3. Queen Louise of Denmark
4. Queen Alexandrine of Denmark
5. Queen Ingrid of Denmark
6. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

HM Queen Margarethe wearing the Emerald Parure at a Formal Dinner at Christiansborg Palace in May 2004 in honour of the upcoming wedding of her son Crown Prince Frederick to Mary Donaldson (now Crown Princess Mary of Denmark). That’s quite the dress!

Here’s some photos of Queen Ingrid wearing the Danish Emerald Parure

HM Queen Margarethe – definitely a favourite parure. She has worn it many times throughout the years

Next up, an emerald tiara worn by HM Queen Margarethe’s sister, HM Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, the Greek Emerald Parure Tiara!

What do you think of the Danish Emerald Parure?

The Orsini-Ligne Aquamarine and Diamond Wedding Tiara and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Gown Similarities

The last of our aquamarine tiara postings for March, here’s something a bit different – the Orsini-Ligne Aquamarine and Diamond Wedding Tiara!

The Orsini-Ligne Aquamarine and Diamond Wedding Tiara and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Gown Similarities

On September 7th 2009, Prince Edouard de Ligne de La Tremoille of the Belgian noble House de Ligne married the famous Italian actress Isabella Orsini in a religious ceremony in his family’s ancestral castle in Antoing, Belgium. The House of Ligne can trace its history all the way back to the Holy Roman Empire. HH Princess Isabella as she is now known wore a gorgeous aquamarine and diamond tiara with matching earrings.

Coming out of the cathedral with her new husband. They look so happy! I believe Isabella had just released a dove

As you may have noticed from the above photos, Isabella’s Gerald Watelet wedding gown bears a striking resemblance to the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen designed wedding gown that Catherine Middleton wore to marry HRH Prince William of Wales two years later. There was some surprise in the press (and to Isabella) when the similarities were noticed (lace covered bodices with a v-neckline and lace sleeves, similar skirts and train lengths), but it seems likely that both Catherine and Isabella chose a similar royal style icon for their wedding dress inspiration – Princess Grace of Monaco. They are both gorgeous and royal wedding gowns, and suit the bride. This Royal Post-er has been enamored of Princess Grace’s wedding gown since she was 5 years old, and thinks this trend to long lace sleeves and lace adorned bodices in wedding gowns is all for the best!

It should be noted that there are many differences between Catherine and Isabella’s wedding gowns – Isabella wore a lace jacket on top of her gown, while Catherine’s lace adorned bodice was part of her gown, Catherine’s gown has significantly more detail on the waist, hips and train, and seems to be of a more elaborate construction. Interesting to see this marked trend in wedding gowns, which has now translated into the bridal design industry.

A detail of the back of Catherine’s dress, as her veil is slightly covering it in the above photo

What do you think?

Hope you enjoyed our aquamarine tiara postings for March!

Here are links to the previous aquamarine postings: Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips, The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parure, The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden, and the Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Wedding Tiara

Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara

Our fifth aquamarine tiara post for March, here’s the Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara!

Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara

HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the wife of HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, debuted her Aquamarine Tiara during the Coronation festivities of Prince Albert II of Monaco, in 2005. Prior to 2005 Sophie only had one tiara which she wore, her wedding tiara (Wessex wedding tiara), so the debut of Sophie’s new tiara was quite exciting for those of us interested in Sophie’s tiara occasions (and we imagine for Sophie as well!). There was one brief appearance of a tiara of unknown origin at Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark’s wedding to Mary Donaldson, but it hasn’t been seen since.

The fact that her new tiara is such a beautiful aquamarine and diamond tiara, and can also be converted and worn as a necklace, makes it’s even more appealing. It looks as if the aquamarine is significantly lighter in colour in the photographs of it being worn as a necklace – it may be a trick of light, or be on account of the tiara setting.

Very little is known about this tiara, aside from it being made of aquamarines and diamonds. There has been speculation that Prince Edward designed it himself, and also that it comes from pieces already within the Royal Family. Unfortunately, no information has been forthcoming. We hope more information on this gorgeous tiara of Sophie’s will come to light soon.

Here’s Sophie debuting her aquamarine tiara at the Coronation Gala of Prince Albert II of Monaco. Sophie seems to be wearing a matching pair of aquamarine earrings and necklace.


Sophie wearing the aquamarine tiara in necklace form

Let’s hope Sophie wears her aquamarine and diamond tiara again soon – it’s a favourite!

Next up and our last post on aquamarine tiaras for March, something a bit unexpected from the Princely House of Ligne in Belgium.

Links to our previous aquamarine tiara posts: Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips, The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parure, and The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden

The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden

The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden

For the fourth installment of our look at aquamarine tiaras for March courtesy of guest poster Sarah, here’s the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden!

The Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden has a long and unique history, and a British origin. The first wearer of the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara was HRH Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden, born HRH Princess Margaret of Connaught, Queen Victoria’s granddaughter through Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s 3rd son, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, and his wife, Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia. When Princess Margaret married Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden in June 1905 (they were married at Windsor Castle, and then traveled to Sweden after their honeymoon), she brought with her the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara and a matching brooch. The tiara consists of aquamarines surrounded by large diamonds, in the style of a kokoshnik (a popular Russian headdress that inspired many tiaras).

Crown Princess Margaret (she died suddenly before her husband became King of Sweden) left the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara to her son, Prince Gustaf Adolf who gave it to his wife Princess Sibylla (born HH Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, through their fourth son Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. Sibylla and her husband were 2nd cousins). Princess Sibylla wore the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara often, and it seems to have been a favourite tiara of hers.

Princess Sibylla in a formal portrait

Princess Sibylla in Court robes

Princess Sibylla

Princess Sibylla then gave it to her daughter Princess Margaretha. Princess Margaretha is the eldest sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. She is properly known as Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler (her late husband was Mr. John Ambler). It seems very appropriate that Princess Margaretha was given her grandmother Crown Princess Margaret’s tiara, as she was named after her.

Princess Margaretha wearing the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara at her niece Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s 2010 wedding to Daniel Westling. This photograph also shows off the matching aquamarine brooch. The tiara hadn’t been seen since her daughter wore it at her wedding in 1998, so it was a happy surprise to see it worn by Princess Margaretha! You can really see how beautifully this tiara sparkles from this photograph.

Princess Margaretha’s daughter Sibylla Ambler wearing the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara at her wedding to Baron Cornelius von Dincklage in 1998

So, what do you think of this one? Next up in aquamarine tiaras, HRH Sophie Countess of Wessex’s aquamarine tiara (it can also be worn as a necklace!)

This is the fourth in our aquamarine tiara feature – first was Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips, second The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara, and third Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parur

Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parure

HM Queen Juliana of the Netherlands’ Aquamarine Tiara and Parure

                       Here worn by HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands

The Dutch Royal House has a beautiful collection of aquamarines, which have been collected since the 1920’s. Many of the pieces have great sentiment attached to them, and have been worn by many of the ladies of the Dutch Royal House. Queen Juliana’s Aquamarine Parure was purchased by one of the House of Orange-Nassau Foundations, so it belongs to the Foundation and cannot be split up among any heirs (important given the equal inheritance rules in Dutch law). This ensures it remains available to the Royal House to wear.

In 1927 as an eighteenth birthday present Princess Juliana received from her parents Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Henry an art deco style tiara of Brazilian aquamarines and diamonds set in platinum, from the Dutch jeweler Kempen, Begeer & Vos.The base of the tiara is a geometric assortment of square-cut aquamarines, topped with seven briolette aquamarines.

Princess Juliana received from her grandmother the Dowager Queen Emma, an aquamarine and diamond demi-parure. It’s an Edwardian/Belle Époque style demi-parure of a necklace, made by Burnier in The Hague. The long necklace (a sautoir) consists of one rectangular aquamarine, and six square aquamarines. The sautoir can be shortened and worn as a bracelet.

In 1937 Queen Juliana received a wedding present from her husband Prince Bernhard of a long necklace with a large pear-shaped aquamarine pendant.

Queen Juliana also received a wedding gift from her mother-in-law, Queen Armgard, which is a set of briolette aquamarine earrings. These earrings match the briolette aquamarines in the tiara.

Queen Juliana received a brooch from Prince Bernhard as an anniversary gift, a cushion cut aquamarine brooch in platinum, surrounded by smaller aquamarines.

The demi-parure also includes another large rectangular brooch.

After WWII and the Dutch Royal Family’s return to Holland (they spent the war living in Canada and Princess Margriet was born in Ottawa), Queen Juliana started to wear all of the aquamarine pieces together, as a parure. She had previously worn them only as separate pieces. As you can see, Queen Juliana and her three daughters, Princess Beatrix (now Queen Beatrix), Princess Irene, and Princess Margriet, wore the aquamarines in separate pieces, as well as the full tiara and parure, over the years.


It is now only worn as an entire set by by HRH Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, the wife of the heir to the Dutch throne HRH Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, and HRH Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, a younger sister of HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix and other family members continue to wear parts of the aquamarine parure.
Isn’t it nice that the Dutch Royal Family share tiaras and parures as much as they do – allows us to see more jewelry!!

HRH Princess Margriet

Here’s HRH Princess Máxima


This is the third in our series of aquamarine tiaras for March – the first was Queen Elizabeth’s Brazilian Aquamarine and Diamond Parure and the Boucheron Diamond Clips and the second was The Aquamarine Pine Flower Tiara.

Stay tuned for a post on an Aquamarine Tiara from Sweden – the Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara of Sweden!