March has come in like a lamb where I live, and brought along its gorgeous blue birthstone, the aquamarine. Today, we’re marveling at the romantic diamond and aquamarine ribbon tiara worn by the Countess of Wessex.
In June 2013, the Earl and the Countess of Wessex represented the Queen at the wedding of Princess Madeleine, younger daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, and Christopher O’Neill. For the occasion, Sophie wore a light pink gown with lace appliqué detailing on the bodice, plus matching accessories.
Because Sophie doesn’t have a Swedish order, she wore the sash and star of her highest British decoration, the Royal Victorian Order. She also wore the Queen’s Royal Family Order on its distinctive yellow ribbon. Edward, who also doesn’t have a Swedish decoration, wore the insignia of the Order of the Garter.
Sophie wore two pieces of jewelry loaned to her by the Queen for the wedding. The first, the Aquamarine Ribbon Tiara, was worn by the Queen during a tour of Canada in the 1970s. Sophie has been wearing the tiara, which has a romantic ribbon detail surrounding its large aquamarines, exclusively for about a decade.
With the tiara, Sophie wore a pair of diamond earrings also loaned by the Queen. The earrings, which have a distinctive open drop, can be worn either in this setting or with either diamonds or rubies inside the pear-shaped pendant section.
She secured her order sash with one more jewel, a small circle brooch set with blue and white gemstones.