Our look back at some of the gorgeous royal jewels and tiaras worn in Sweden by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands returns to April 2006 today, for another look at a sparkling appearance from the days when she was still a princess.
For a concert celebrating the 60th birthday of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands dressed to the nines. Máxima wore a strapless red evening gown with a festive fabric skirt, plus a coordinating wrap. She pinned the sash and star of Sweden’s Order of the Polar Star to the dress.
Máxima coordinated her jewels with the red color of her gown for the concert, wearing pieces from both of the Dutch royal family’s grand ruby parures. The diamond and ruby tiara comes from the family’s Mellerio Ruby Parure, made by the firm as a gift for Queen Emma from King Willem III in the late 1880s. The diamond and ruby cluster earrings also come from the Mellerio ruby set.
Máxima pinned her order sash to her gown with a jewel from the family’s other major ruby suite: the Ruby Peacock Parure. The unique diamond and ruby set, which also has its own tiara, was made by 1897 by Schürmann during the reign of Queen Wilhelmina.
On her right wrist, Máxima wore the bracelet from the Mellerio suite, which features the same three-row diamond design shared by the tiara and necklace from the set.
And on her left hand, she wore a jewel that was new to her collection at the time: her diamond and padparadscha sapphire ring. The ring was a gift from Willem-Alexander to celebrate the birth of their second daughter, Princess Alexia, in June 2005.