The Dutch royal jewelry collection is so massive that it contains not one but two complete parures of jewels set with rubies! Today, we’ve got a closer look at one of Queen Maxima’s dazzling appearances in the tiara and jewels from the Ruby Peacock Parure.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands made a three-day visit to Canada in May 2015. For a state dinner at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Maxima wore a dramatic gown with a one-shoulder neckline in a vibrant shade of pink. The gown also featured a tiered fringed skirt.
With the pink gown, Maxima reached for diamonds and rubies. She wore the tiara and brooch from the Ruby Peacock Parure. The jewels were made in 1897 by Schürmann during the reign of Queen Wilhelmina. The set features a tiara, a brooch, and a coordinating necklace. Maxima sensibly left the necklace behind on this occasion—it would have battled with the neckline of the gown—but she has worn it on other occasions.
Maxima also added diamond and ruby jewels from the family’s other ruby parure. Her earrings come from the Mellerio Ruby Parure, which was made in 1889 for Queen Emma of the Netherlands. The diamond bracelet that Maxima added on her right wrist is also from the family vaults, and was previously worn by Queen Juliana.
Jewels with peacock designs have been popular with royals for years, including examples set with diamonds and emeralds. You can see more examples of the style here!