25 March 2017

The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara

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With its wave-like diamond pattern and its seafoam-colored central aquamarine, the Countess of Wessex’s most modern tiara is a striking piece. Even better: it's convertible!




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The tiara made its debut in 2005. The occasion? The enthronement festivities for Prince Albert II of Monaco. Sophie donned the dazzling tiara for the opera gala held on November 19, Monaco's National Day. She paired the tiara with another suite of jewelry from her collection: a modern earring and necklace set made of diamonds and blue gemstones, either aquamarines or blue topazes. (You can read more about Sophie's extensive collection of blue gemstone jewelry over here!)



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In March 2006, Sophie wore the tiara in its necklace form at the ChildLine & Mission Enfance Royal gala dinner in London. The central stone's pale green hue is especially evident when the piece is worn in this configuration. Annie, who runs an excellent blog about Sophie, has speculated that the central aquamarine can also be worn as a pendant on a simple chain.


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Initially, there was speculation that Prince Edward designed the tiara for his wife (as he did the necklace she wore at their wedding in 1999). But the piece was reportedly made for Sophie by Collins and Sons, who also had a similar piece available for sale to the public a few years ago.


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Perhaps the most high-profile outing of the tiara in recent years came at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden in Stockholm in June 2015. On this occasion, she wore the tiara with pave-set diamond earrings and a pendant with an aquamarine stone. (Annie believes the necklace is also from Collins and Sons.)