Last week, we chatted all about the royal jewels that the Queen has loaned to her daughter-in-law, the Countess of Wessex. Today, our Sparkling Spotlight shines on an entirely different jewel: the modern aquamarine tiara from Sophie’s collection.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex were the Queen’s go-to representatives for foreign weddings over the past two decades. In June 2015, they traveled to Stockholm to attend the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden. For the occasion, Sophie wore an elegant dove gray gown paired with metallic accessories.
A wedding in Stockholm, a city on the sea, was the perfect occasion for Sophie to wear her modern, convertible aquamarine and diamond tiara. The piece, which can also be worn as a necklace, features a scroll design that has always reminded me of sharply cresting waves. A single, large sea-green aquamarine is set in the center of the piece. Sophie paired the tiara with pavé-set diamond earrings, plus a lovely aquamarine pendant on a silver chain.
Neither Edward nor Sophie has any Swedish royal decorations, so they both wore their highest-ranking British orders for the wedding. He’s wearing the Order of the Garter and the star of the Royal Victorian Order, while she’s wearing the Royal Victorian Order and the Queen’s Royal Family Order.
I especially love this photo of Sophie from the Swedish wedding, showing her chatting with Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (wearing the Connaught Diamond Tiara) and Japan’s Princess Tamakado (wearing Princess Yasuko’s Pearl and Diamond Tiara) after the ceremony. It shows off the intricate side of the aquamarine tiara in lovely detail.