Will the sapphires or the aquamarine reign supreme?
The George VI Sapphire Necklace vs. The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace
One of the Queen’s most treasured wedding gifts is an antique suite of diamond and sapphire jewels given to her by her father, King George VI. The nineteenth-century demi-parure originally included a necklace and a pair of earrings. The Queen has tinkered with the jewels a bit over the years, shortening the necklace and adding a pendant. Today, the Queen often pairs the necklace and its coordinating jewels with another sapphire piece: the Belgian Sapphire Tiara. She still wears the set often for events like state banquets.
The Countess of Wessex debuted this dazzling diamond and aquamarine jewel in November 2005 during the enthronement festivities for Prince Albert II of Monaco. The versatile modern piece can be worn as either a tiara or a necklace, and its green-blue aquamarine coordinates beautifully with several other jewels from Sophie’s collection. As a necklace, the sharp scrolling diamond designs of the piece are especially eye-catching, and the deep sea-green color of the aquamarine stands out dramatically.