Queen Máxima offered us a second gala jewelry look during last week’s Italian state visit, mixing a classic suite of jewels with Italian couture.
On the second evening of the Italian state visit to the Netherlands, President Mattarella and his daughter, Laura, hosted a return event: an evening of musical performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Queen Máxima has been a keen royal sartorial recycler of late, and Thursday evening’s concert was no exception. She wore a caftan-style evening gown from Valentino for the occasion, paying tribute to her Italian guests with her choice of designer. The dress has been in Máxima’s closet for several years.
Máxima added even more color to the ensemble with her jewels, wearing pieces from her suite of tutti frutti jewelry.
She also wore diamonds, including a pair of stud earrings with a slim diamond-set border.
Here’s a better look at the tutti frutti necklace and bracelet. Máxima also wore her diamond family initial bracelet on her left wrist. Both she and Willem-Alexander wore small gold pins for the concert as well—I think they’re part of the insignia of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
Thursday wasn’t the first time that Máxima combined the Valentino gown with the tutti frutti set. She wore the same combination in May 2018 during the state visit to Luxembourg. On that occasion, she also added her diamond and emerald earrings.
But she’s had the tutti frutti jewels in her collection for even longer than that. Máxima debuted the set in September 2007 at Willem-Alexander’s 40th birthday party in Apeldoorn, pairing the necklace and bracelet with diamonds and a festive pink dress.
Here’s a closer look at the necklace from that first outing, showing the carved details of the emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. The set was purchased from Christie’s in Amsterdam, perhaps by Willem-Alexander as a gift for his wife. At the time, the necklace reportedly sold for $35,000 and the bracelet for an additional $32,000.
Over the years, the bracelet has proved particularly useful for Máxima, who often pairs it with other jewelry combinations for both day and evening events. In Singapore in 2013, she wore the bracelet with Queen Wilhemina’s Diamond Haircomb and her own diamond chandelier earrings.
Later the same year, she wore the bracelet with her diamond and tanzanite earrings during an official visit from King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians to the Netherlands.
She paired the bracelet with her ruby and diamond floral earrings during a visit to Poland in June 2014.
She’s also worn the bracelet with Queen Juliana’s aquamarines (including the tiara and large pendant), as seen here in a photograph from the diplomatic corps dinner in April 2018.
She wore the bracelet again with the ruby and diamond floral earrings and a daring red jumpsuit a few weeks later, for the Red Ribbon Concert in Amsterdam in May 2018.
Here’s one more look at Máxima wearing the tutti frutti necklace for Thursday evening’s concert. Tutti frutti jewels aren’t everyone’s jam, but there’s something about them that I think works wonderfully with Máxima’s exuberant personality.
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