We’ve surveyed some truly fascinating royal spinels this week, from massive cabochons to large red stones set in tiaras. Today’s final spinel spotlight of the week shines on a tiara set with tiny gems, worn by Denmark’s crown princess.
In January 2017, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore one of the newest additions to her royal jewelry box for a grand gala dinner. The banquet, which was held during a state visit from the President of Iceland, took place at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.
Crown Princess Mary wore a midnight blue gown, which featured a tiered skirt and an off-the-shoulder bodice with a lace overlay, for the evening. Here, she and Crown Prince Frederik are both wearing the sash and star of Iceland’s Order of the Falcon. The order was founded by Frederik’s great-grandfather, King Christian X, in 1921, when Iceland was under Danish rule. Today, the President of Iceland is grand master of the order.
With the dark gown, Mary wore a demi-parure of jewels set in gold and silver. The tiara is an antique jewel, made during the Edwardian era. It’s also convertible—it can be taken off its frame and worn as a necklace. The piece is studded with diamonds, as well as delicate rubies and spinels. Mary reportedly bought the tiara at auction in 2012.
The tiara came with a pair of earrings, but Mary later had another, more substantial pair made to coordinate with the tiara. The design of the earrings is an almost exact echo of the central element of the tiara.