All week, we’ve been enjoying a look at jewels worn by royals on visits to Germany, as a little Oktoberfest tribute. Today, we wrap up the mini series with a truly unique set of royal jewels: Queen Sonja’s modern gold pieces.
In October 2007, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway made a three-day official visit to Germany. During the visit, they attended a state banquet at Bellevue Palace in Berlin with President Horst Koehler and his wife, Eva.
With their attire—a black suit for Harald and a red-orange and gold dress for Sonja—the royal couple neatly paid tribute to the national colors of Germany. Sonja’s dress featured a gold lace overlay on the bodice, and she added additional gold accessories to the ensemble.
For her gala jewelry, Sonja chose the most modern parure from her jewelry box. The set was reportedly a 60th birthday present from Harald to Sonja in 1997. It’s a versatile suite of jewels, with a tiara and accompanying pieces that are able to be worn in several settings. Along with the standard diamond-and-gold version (which is probably my favorite of the three), the jewels can also be worn with green tourmalines or orange topazes. Sonja chose the topaz setting for this outing, including the topaz, diamond, and gold center element for the tiara.
She also wore the gold, diamond, and topaz earrings from the set.
She also added the orange topaz slide enhancer to the gold and diamond choker necklace from the suite. As you’d probably expect, this is one of the ultimate “love it or hate it” suites of royal jewelry. But either way, maybe it’s good inspiration for any sci-fi princess Halloween costumes some of you may be planning for this weekend?
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