Get excited, everyone: there’s a royal/royal state visit on the calendar next week! On October 11, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands will arrive in Stockholm for a state visit hosted by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. To get ourselves geared up for some serious sparkle, I’m devoting this week’s Sparkling Spotlight posts to some of the magnificent jewels that Máxima has worn in Sweden over the years. First up: a terrific turquoise appearance from 2006!
Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands were still seven years away from the throne in April 2006, when they arrived at Drottningholm Palace in Sweden for a private dinner to celebrate King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 60th birthday.
For the dinner, Máxima wore a color combination that (believe it or not!) was very on-trend in 2006: chocolate brown and bright turquoise blue. Her lace dress featured colorful beaded embellishments in a bright floral-inspired pattern.
Máxima picked up the turquoise color of her shawl by wearing turquoise and diamond jewels. She borrowed several pieces from the personal collection of her mother-in-law, the then-Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, including earrings, a necklace, and a brooch.
The classic double cluster earrings were paired with Beatrix’s antique turquoise necklace. The piece features a gold and turquoise station-style chain and an elaborate diamond and turquoise pendant with a scroll design and a cluster drop. The piece is reminiscent of Art Nouveau jewels popular at the turn of the twentieth century.
The brooch, to my eye, looks more modern: a single smooth turquoise stone set against a cluster of diamonds in a crescent shape.
Máxima finished off the look with the diamond and turquoise cluster ring from the suite, as well as an interesting bracelet that appears to be made of gold with blue accents.