19 August 2018

The Top Ten: Crown Princess Mette-Marit's Jewels

Crown Princess Mette-Marit attends the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in Copenhagen, 14 May 2004 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Today, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway marks her 45th birthday, and we're celebrating by taking a look at ten of the most glittering and fabulous royal jewels she's worn since joining Norway's royal family in 2001. Chime in with your own top ten list in the comments below!




Mette-Marit and Haakon announce their engagement in Oslo, 2000 (Tor Kvello/All Over Press/Getty Images)

10. The Engagement Ring: Crown Prince Haakon presented Mette-Marit with an especially sentimental royal ring when he proposed -- it's been worn by three generations of Norwegian royal women. King Olav V gave the ring to Princess Martha of Sweden when they were engaged in 1929, and their son (and Haakon's father), King Harald V, gave it to Sonja Haraldsen (Haakon's mother) in 1968. The yellow gold ring is set with diamonds and rubies.


Mette-Marit attends a pre-wedding dinner for Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden in Stockholm, 18 June 2010 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

9. The Convertible Diamond Earrings: For gala events, Mette-Marit often reaches for this versatile pair of earrings, which feature a diamond pendant that can be worn at various lengths and with different pendants. Above, a red faceted gemstone pendant is attached to the earrings, but Mette-Marit also frequently wears the earrings with pearls.


Mette-Marit attends a pre-wedding reception for Princess Martha Louise and Ari Behn in Trondheim, 23 May 2002 (Michel Porro/Getty Images)

8. The Wedding Gift Pearls: Crown Prince Haakon reportedly presented Mette-Marit with this suite of classic pearls as a wedding gift; the set also includes a bracelet.


Mette-Marit attends the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O'Neill in Stockholm, 8 June 2013 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

7. The Amethyst Suite: Mette-Marit is now the primary wearer of the family's amethyst and diamond demi-parure, which features a necklace that can be worn as a tiara. The set was originally a gift from King Harald to Queen Sonja.


Mette-Marit attends a reception for the 100th anniversary of Norway's consulate in Hamburg, 1 October 2006 (Roland Magunia/Pool/Getty Images)

6. The Floral Statement Earrings: This pair of sparkling earrings, one of the largest and most complicated in Mette-Marit's jewelry box, are designed with an embellished floral motif.


Mette-Marit attends the wedding of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark in Mogeltonder, 24 May 2008 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

5. The Diamond Daisy Bandeau: Mette-Marit's wedding tiara, a sparkling Edwardian bandeau featuring dainty daisies, was a gift from her parents-in-law, King Harald and Queen Sonja.


Mette-Marit attends the christening of her godson, Prince Oscar of Sweden, in Stockholm, 27 May 2016 (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

4. The Aquamarine Brooch: This classic brooch features a rectangular sea-green aquamarine surrounded by a delicate frame of scrolling diamonds.



Mette-Marit marks the 80th birthdays of King Harald and Queen Sonja at the Royal Palace in Oslo, 9 May 2017 (AUDUN BRAASTAD/AFP/Getty Images)

3. The Vifte Tiara: Mette-Marit has worn this delicate, fan-shaped diadem, which was one of Queen Maud's wedding gifts, as both a necklace and a tiara.


Mette-Marit attends the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden in Stockholm, 19 June 2010 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

2. Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara and Drapers' Company Brooch: This pair of jewels linked to Queen Maud, including a diamond and pearl brooch from among her wedding gifts and a replica of her diamond and pearl tiara, were worn by Mette-Marit for the grand Swedish royal wedding in 2010.


Mette-Marit attends a government reception in Reykjavik, 27 June 2004 (Steve Finn/Getty Images)

1. The Silver Wedding Earrings: This remarkable pair of diamond earrings, which were a silver wedding anniversary gift from King Olav V to Crown Princess Martha, were given to Mette-Marit by King Harald and Queen Sonja as a wedding present. Poignantly, Martha was never able to wear the earrings in public, as she died a month after her silver anniversary, but they have become some of Mette-Marit's favorite jewels.