The Dutch royal collection is absolutely packed with gorgeous jewels set with bright blue sapphires. Today, we’ve got a look at the smaller of the family’s two tiaras, worn in a glittering appearance by Queen Maxima more than a decade ago.
Maxima, who was then a princess, wore the sapphires for a gala dinner at Fredensborg Palace during the 70th birthday celebrations for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in April 2010. She paired the jewels with a dramatic, electric blue floral gown with a one-shoulder neckline. The gown, one of Maxima’s most recognizable dresses, was exhibited in 2011 as a part of a special display of gowns, part of Maxima’s 40th birthday celebrations.
With the blue, black, and white gown, Maxima reached for pieces from the family’s sapphire collection. Her tiara, the Dutch Sapphire Necklace Tiara, was made using pieces of two different dismantled sapphire jewels. The piece was created by placing Queen Emma’s Sapphire Necklace on a frame, then supplementing it with a set of diamond and sapphire lozenge elements taken from the necklace from Queen Wilhelmina’s Wedding Gift Parure.
Maxima also added a few other pieces of heirloom sapphire jewelry from the royal vaults. The Dutch Sapphire Figure Eight Earrings, worn by Maxima here, were made using elements from Queen Wilhelmina’s dismantled sapphire tiara. Her brooch, which gets lost a bit against the pattern of her gown, is the family’s Round Sapphire and Diamond Brooch, worn with a lovely sapphire pendant from the family collection.
And finally, Maxima wore the matching sapphire and diamond bracelets that belonged to Queen Wilhelmina. Love the combination of jewels from two different parures!