26 August 2018

Princess Maria Laura's Emeralds

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Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, niece of the country's king, celebrates a milestone birthday today. To help mark her 30th, we're looking at one of her sparkliest jewelry moments to date: the diamond and emerald suite she wore for her brother's wedding.




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Maria Laura made a splash in these jewels at the wedding of her eldest brother, Prince Amedeo, in Rome in July 2014. I'm not sure whether she owns the suite or borrowed it, either from one of her many royal family members or from a jeweler.


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The showstopper of the suite is the pair of diamond and emerald earrings.


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The earrings are modern in style, featuring an unusual diamond stud portion that almost looks like a pair of commas. The teardrop pendant features a pear-shaped emerald surrounded by an elaborate frame of diamonds.


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Here's another, closer view of one of the earrings, emphasizing the complexity of the setting.


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The suite also features a matching bracelet, which Maria Laura wore on her right forearm.


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The ring that Maria Laura wore on her right hand also appears to belong to the same set of jewelry.


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Maria Laura paired the jewels with a dress and a headpiece in shades of green for the wedding.