In the spring of 2007, the King and Queen of Sweden headed to Tokyo for a state visit. Today, our Sparkling Spotlight shines on the diamonds and rubies worn by Queen Silvia for a banquet at the Imperial Palace.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan hosted the Swedish royal couple for a state dinner on March 26, 2007. The always-elegant Michiko wore silver and white, while Silvia wore a bright pink gown. As usual, they paid tribute to their guests/hosts by wearing their highest chivalric orders from the other country: Empress Michiko is wearing the blue sash of Sweden’s Order of the Seraphim, while Silvia is wearing the distinctive gold and red sash of Japan’s Order of the Precious Crown.
With her pink gown, Silvia wore diamonds and rubies from the Bernadotte collection. The King Edward VII Ruby Tiara is the spotlight piece from the ensemble. As the name suggests, it was a wedding gift to Princess Margaret of Connaught from her uncle and aunt, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, in 1905. The Edwardian-era tiara features a trio of tall elements set with diamonds and rubies. On her diamond necklace, Silvia placed another ruby jewel from the royal vaults: the family’s diamond and ruby cluster brooch.
Silvia secured the sash of the Order of the Precious Crown with the family’s grand Diamond Lozenge Brooch, which has been in the Bernadotte vaults for several generations. So have her earrings, the Karl Johan Earrings, which date to the early nineteenth century.
Silvia finished off the look with the family’s diamond zig-zag bracelet. You’ll also spot a Cartier Love Bracelet on the same wrist!