27 May 2016

This Week in Royal Jewels: May 20-26

May 20-26, 2016

A brand-new brooch, a pair of tiaras, and statement earrings galore this week -- be sure to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


10. Queen Silvia of Sweden visited her native Germany this week. During a visit to Dusseldorf on Tuesday, she wore a set of diamond and gold jewelry, including a modern brooch.

Photos: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

9. Infanta Elena of Spain has clearly inherited her mother's penchant for wearing layers of jewelry. On Thursday, she marked "Dia de la Caridad" in Madrid while wearing layered necklaces, gold hoop earrings, and several bracelets and rings.

Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

8. Elena's sister-in-law, Queen Letizia of Spain, wore a pair of elaborate statement earrings on Monday for a visit to an architecture exhibition in Madrid.

Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

7. On Wednesday, Letizia wore a sparkling pair of earrings in San Millan de la Cogolla. They're made by Yanes, and they feature diamonds and citrines set in white gold.

Photo: THIERRY ROGE/AFP/Getty Images

6. Queen Mathilde of the Belgians went bohemian on Monday at the annual Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in Brussels, pairing gold statement earrings and a huge cuff bracelet with a flowing gown.

Photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images

5. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wore major pearls to christen a cruise ship on Friday. You can read more about her jewels from this event over here!

Photo: Jordanian Royal Household via Getty Images

4. The kingdom of Jordan celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independence from Britain on Wednesday. Queen Rania wore a striking set of silver-toned jewelry, including earrings, a belt, and a large statement necklace, for the official celebrations.

Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

3. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom inaugurated the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday, and she wore the RHS Iris Brooch for the event. Read more about the brooch, plus the jewels that other royals wore to the show, over here!

Photo: John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

2. One of the most exciting jewel moments of the week, without a doubt, was the debut of a new brooch by Queen Elizabeth II: the lens-shaped diamond and pearl brooch she wore at a garden party on Tuesday. Read more about it over here!

Images: screencaps from video

1. Just about the only thing that could top a new piece of royal jewelry = tiaras! My top vote goes jointly to the gala jewels worn by Queen Sonja and Princess Astrid of Norway this week during a state visit from Poland. (Crown Princess Mette-Marit sat out the event because of lingering back problems.) Sonja wore the family's grand emerald parure, while Astrid wore her whimsical ruby aigrette. The fuzzy screencaps above are from this video -- I highly recommend watching it, in part so you can see just how very active this particular aigrette really is!