18 May 2016

State Visit Jewels: Jordanians Visit Belgium

State banquet in Belgium for the Jordanian king and queen (Photo: THIERRY ROGE/AFP/Getty Images)

To quote myself from back in the days of Mad Hattery, we've got a tiara alert on our hands today! King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan began a state visit to Belgium today, which means we had both arrival jewels and glittering state banquet tiaras.




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Queen Mathilde wore a pair of intricate statement earrings to welcome her royal guests. Can you imagine how many pairs of statement earrings must be in Mathilde's jewelry wardrobe? I feel like we see a new pair every week!


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Queen Rania also brought out a pair of major earrings for the welcome ceremony -- these look to be metallic squares surrounded by white gemstones (possibly diamonds?). The embellishment on her lapel is a part of her coat, not a brooch, but I appreciate the extra glitter anyway.


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Later that evening, it was tiara time. Queen Mathilde wore the bandeau base of the Nine Provinces Tiara with Queen Fabiola's diamond and pearl earrings.


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Here's a closer look at the meander design of the tiara.


Photo: THIERRY ROGE/AFP/Getty Images

Mathilde also wore a glittering bracelet set with diamonds and rubies. I think this bracelet is also from the jewelry collection of the late Queen Fabiola.


Photo: JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

Queen Rania, to my everlasting disappointment, brought out the smallest sparkler in her collection: the convertible bracelet/tiara by Boucheron. It's really more headband than tiara. At least she also wore a lovely pair of diamond earrings, as well as a delicate diamond bracelet!