31 January 2014

This Week in Royal Jewels: January 23-30

January 23-30, 2014

It's time again for our top ten royal jewel stories of the week!

10. Queen Sofia of Spain brought out her workhorse strand of multicolored pearls again this week, this time donning them to attend a performance of Tristan and Isolde at the Royal Theatre in Madrid.

9. Pearls were also the bauble of choice for the Duchess of Cornwall, who wore a pair of large pearl earrings for a visit to an Essex pub with Prince Charles.

8. The most fabulously bejeweled woman in the principality of Monaco, Princess Caroline, celebrated her 57th birthday on January 23. Here's to many sparkling years to come!

7. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (still on crutches following a minor skiing accident) wore a statement necklace during a visit to Dusseldorf with her husband, Prince Daniel; the two traveled to Germany to promote trade relations.

6. Delicate gold jewelry and a whopper of a cake hat were on the menu for Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands during a visit to the University of Utrecht.

5. A series of rare photographic prints that belonged to Queen Victoria will go on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles on February 4th. If you're in southern California, be sure to stop in and see some of the portraits that include Victorian-era royal jewels!

4. Another day of her official visit to Germany, another statement necklace for Crown Princess Victoria. This one, which features enormous dark stones, was worn in Hamburg.

3. Here's hoping for some jewelry surprises coming up from the Duchess of Cambridge; it was announced this week that she'll be attending a gala event for the National Portrait Gallery on February 11.

2. This weekend might provide us with one of the best opportunities for Grimaldi jewel-spotting for some time. It's been widely reported that Andrea Casiraghi, elder son of Princess Caroline, will marry Tatiana Santo Domingo in a Catholic ceremony in Switzerland over the weekend. It's been announced that Valentino designed Tatiana's wedding gown -- here's hoping that she pairs it with bridal jewelry, too!

1. While many of the Windsors are on vacation, Princess Eugenie wore a silver FabergĂ© Treillage egg pendant while attending the jeweler's Big Egg Hunt Cocktail Countdown party in New York. Let's hope this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship between princess and jewelry house!

1. Banner image: detail of The Marriage of George, Duke of York to Princess Mary of Teck (1894) by Laurits Tuxen. Image in the public domain; source here.