15 January 2020

New Year Jewels in the Netherlands

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The royal celebration of the new year has officially reached the Netherlands, where the family gathered for the annual new year reception at the palace in Amsterdam on Tuesday.




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The royal contingent was headed up by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. For the event, Maxima wore an unusual dress featuring quilting and feathered trim.


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She accessorized with a favorite pair of earrings from her jewelry box: these impressive diamond and blue gem drops, which many have guessed might be set with vibrant tanzanites.


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This isn't the first appearance for the earrings at this event. Seven years ago, back when she was still Princess Maxima, she wore the earrings for the 2013 reception, pairing them with an equally bright blue dress.


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For this year's reception, Queen Maxima also added some sparkle to her right wrist, stacking up her multi-gem tennis bracelets. The bracelet, which are reminiscent of the Art Deco set that belonged to the Queen Mother, are set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. You'll also spot a major ring on her right hand...


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...and we can see in this photo that the ring is set with the same blue gemstone as her wonderful earrings.


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Princess Beatrix braved the chill (and a bandaged thumb!) to attend the reception. She wore a pair of pearl button earrings with a black border (perhaps enamel or black jade?).


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This photo, taken delightfully mid-laugh, gives us a better view of both of her rings. The ring she wears on her left hand matches her earrings. On her right hand, you'll spot her unique diamond engagement ring, which features a double halo cluster of stones around the central diamond.


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One more royal lady from the family was in attendance: Princess Margriet. She was dressed casually for her arrival at the palace, and her earrings -- golden hoops -- were equally simple and classic.