10 March 2019

The Countess of Wessex's Aquamarine Art Deco Brooch

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The Countess of Wessex has made several appearances on the site already this month, which should come as no surprise -- the woman loves an aquamarine! Today, we've got a closer look at one of her most beautiful aquamarine jewels, her Art Deco-style brooch.




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Sophie debuted the brooch almost a decade ago, wearing it for the wedding of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco in July 2011.


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The brooch's design is typical of Art Deco styles, including lots of facets and edges. That design also makes it tough to find an excellent close-up of the piece, as light tends to bounce and reflect off the piece. This shot from 2013 shows the deep blue-green color of the aquamarine nicely, as well as the diamond and enamel borders that surround it.


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Here's a slightly closer view, which gives you a good look at the borders surrounding the brooch. You'll note that the outermost border is deep blue, while the innermost appears to be a rich green. I believe the blue and green sections are made of enamel, based on the Art Deco design of the piece.


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The greens and blues of the brooch pop nicely in this photograph, taken at an angle; it also shows the dimensionality of the piece.


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The brooch has become one of Sophie's go-to jewels for Royal Ascot. She wears the brooch here in June 2012...


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...on a darker blue ensemble in June 2013...


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...on pale ice blue in June 2014...


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...and here in June 2016. On this occasion, she also wore another aquamarine jewel, her lovely aquamarine ring.