King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands hosted the President of Germany and his partner for a dinner in The Hague on Monday. Maxima wore a lovely red gown and brought out a major jewel surprise!
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The diamond and ruby necklace she wore for the dinner is the necklace from the Ruby Peacock Parure. The necklace hasn't been seen in public for about half a century! The photo available for me to use isn't the clearest available; click here for a much sharper view. The necklace is convertible -- the scroll pieces on each side are removable.
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Maxima has previously worn the tiara and brooch from the Ruby Peacock Parure in public; above, she wears it during a visit to Canada in 2015. The suite of ruby and diamond jewels was made for Queen Wilhelmina in 1897.
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Queen Juliana memorably wore the necklace from the parure at her investiture in 1948. For years the set was owned/worn by Princess Irene, but it appears that the entire suite is now a part of the family's jewelry foundation. I love it when an heirloom set returns to the royal fold!