20 March 2016

The Royal Jewel Questionnaire: Castleholic's Sydney (Part 1)

It really 'tis the season for new features here at the Court Jeweller! Today, we're featuring something I've been thinking about for a long time: the Royal Jewel Questionnaire, a post in which I get to make my friends answer incredibly tough questions about their favorite royal jewels.

Today's questionnaire comes courtesy Sydney, a blogger you'll be very familiar with if you read Luxarazzi (one of the best sources out there about the royal families of Luxembourg and Liechtenstein). Sydney also runs a great blog called Confessions of a Castleholic, which chronicles her visits to various schlosses, chateaux, and palaces.

I'm guest posting about my favorite castles over at Castleholic today, so when you're done reading through part one of Sydney's questionnaire, head over there and check it out! And stay tuned tomorrow here at the Court Jeweller for more of Sydney's answers to the really tough royal jewel questions!


QUESTION #1: What's your favorite piece of jewelry from each of the current bejeweled European monarchies? (Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom)

When it comes to royal jewellery, I’m a go big or go home kind of person so there are loads of tiaras coming your way. (Plus, I know too little of many collections to pick a favourite between the brooches, earrings or necklaces.)

Liechtenstein: Habsburg Fringe Tiara

Luxembourg: Empire Tiara

Netherlands: A tie between the Sapphire Tiara and the Diamond Bandeau


QUESTION #2: The grand ducal family of Luxembourg has an immense collection of jewelry, but if you could add one piece to their vaults, what would it be?

Definitely something with rubies in it; it’s too bad they sold the rubies owned by Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte a few years ago and Princess Claire’s new ones don’t really do it for me, at least not in the tiara department. As I feel they also lack medium-to-large-sized tiaras, I think I would go for something like the Duchess of Angoulême’s Ruby Tiara.


QUESTION #3: You're a guest at a glittering state banquet. You need to wear a tiara, a necklace, a pair of earrings, a bracelet, and a brooch to secure your order sash. You can choose items from any royal collection. Which ones do you select? (Bonus points for choosing your chivalric order!)

The Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara from Luxembourg; the Vasa Earrings from Sweden; the Diamond Necklace worn by Queen Mathilde for the wedding celebrations in Luxembourg...

...Princess Benedikte’s Floral Brooch (which I believe comes from her tiara) as well as the Swedish Diamond Bow Brooch on my back to properly fix my sash...

...and the Bernadotte Diamond Bracelet – having just chosen all these, I didn’t realise before how big my weakness for the Bernadotte vaults was! Considering there is so much Swedish in here, I think it’s only natural to go for the Order of Seraphim.


QUESTION #4: I strongly believe that every queen should have at least five tiaras at her disposal. If you could assemble your ultimate collection of five royal tiaras, which ones would you pick?

Considering that I have mentioned so many all-diamond tiaras already, I’ll go for my collection of ultimate colourful tiaras instead (because I believe a queen should have one tiara of each of the following stones at least): The Hesse Aquamarine Tiara, the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara, Queen Mary's Amethyst Tiara, the Duchess of Angoulême’s Ruby as well as her Emerald Tiara. She really had the best taste in jewels!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Questionnaire tomorrow!