All week, we’re going to be featuring sparkling tiaras worn by royal ladies celebrating their birthdays in May. We’re kicking things off today with my very favorite tiara moment from Princess Laurentien, sister-in-law of the King of the Netherlands.
On April 29, 2013, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands hosted a dinner at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on the eve of her abdication. Among the guests were her children and their spouses. Prince Constantijn, Beatrix’s youngest son, arrived with his wife, Princess Laurentien, and his sister-in-law, Princess Mabel. (Mabel, on the left, is wearing her diamond wedding tiara and the Dutch Diamond Trellis Necklace.)
Princess Laurentien was ultra-elegant in a gorgeous aquamarine-colored column gown with draped detailing on the bodice, accessorized with aquamarines and diamonds from the royal vaults.
Laurentien wore Queen Juliana’s Aquamarine Tiara, an Art Deco-style piece that features striking Brazilian aquamarine briolettes set on a geometric diamond and platinum base. The jewel was Queen Juliana’s 18th birthday present from her parents, Queen Wilhelmina and Prince Hendrik, in April 1927.
With the tiara, Laurentien also wore several additional diamond and aquamarine pieces. These included a pair of diamond and aquamarine drop earrings. On the bodice of her dress, she wore a part of the fantastic diamond bow brooch from the Stuart Parure. From the bow, she suspended Queen Juliana’s Aquamarine Pendant. The large, pear-shaped aquamarine, set in a thin border of diamonds, was one of Juliana’s wedding gifts in 1937.
Laurentien finished off the beautiful blue look with an aquamarine bracelet on her left wrist and an aquamarine ring on her right hand. Overall, it’s one of my favorite modern appearances of these unique royal jewels.