21 March 2014

This Week in Royal Jewels: March 14-20

March 14-20, 2014

Time once again for a sparkly royal roundup! Here's a look at some of the biggest stories from the world of royal jewels this week.

10. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway has kept her jewelry simple during her official visit with Crown Prince Haakon to Vietnam this week, generally sticking to a few stacked bracelets (including one that appears to have an "evil eye" motif) to add a bit of sparkle.

9. In Fabergé news this week: one of the bejeweled eggs given by Alexander III to Marie Feodorovna popped up again recently. It's worth a cool 20 million pounds!

8. On Friday, Queen Sofia of Spain wore her favorite strand of multi-colored pearls and a golden brooch to visit the "El Griego de Toledo" exhibit at the museum of Santacruz.

7. In Ghana, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has chosen more colorful jewels, including a playful pair of earrings for an engagement on Tuesday.

6. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands indulged in her penchant for purple once again this week, pairing oversized purple earrings with a coordinating chapeau.

5. As expected, the Duchess of Cambridge borrowed the shamrock brooch from the Irish Guards for the third year running on Monday; she wore it to present shamrocks to the regiment with the Duke.

4. If you're in Stockholm tomorrow, pop by the palace for a lecture on royal jewels by Göran Alm. The presentation will reportedly focus on jewels from the Renaissance to the present; check out the royal court's website for ticketing info.

3. Queen Elizabeth II also chose bright, spring-like colors for a visit to the University of London. She accessorized her blue ensemble with the Carrington Feather Brooch, which she received as a wedding gift in 1947. The piece features a sapphire nestled within the diamond feather, and it is sadly not named after Alexis Carrington, although she would certainly have worn it.

2. The Emperor and Empress of Japan welcomed the Vietnamese president to Tokyo this week; Empress Michiko wore pearls and a glittering brooch for the occasion. (Sadly, she went sans tiara for the state banquet!)

1. The always-dependable Danes brought out the glitter for their own state visit festivities this week, however. At a state banquet for the Turkish president, Queen Margrethe II wore the Baden Palmette Tiara, Crown Princess Mary wore her wedding tiara, Princess Marie wore Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara, and Princess Benedikte wore the Star and Pearl Tiara (although she's mistakenly identified as Queen Anne-Marie -- oops!). Ain't no party like a Scandinavian tiara party!