Princess Astrid, sister of the King of the Belgians, embarked on a diplomatic trip to Japan this week—and packed plenty of diamonds in her luggage!
Princess Astrid is in Japan this week for a special Belgian economic mission, highlighting trade and other economic links between the two countries. She’s part of a delegation making visits to Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Kyoto to promote Belgian business interests. On Sunday, the princess attended a welcome session in Tokyo.
Astrid wore a kimono-inspired jacket with a colorful print for the welcome session, a little sartorial nod to her Japanese hosts. She also chose a suite of jewels that look to be set with pale gemstones, possibly quartz.
The set features matching earrings, a sautoir-length necklace, and a large bracelet. Would love a closer look at these pieces in the future!
On Monday, Astrid posed with members of the Belgian delegation and their Japanese hosts following a meeting with Nippon Yusen Kaisha in Tokyo.
Princess Astrid also had a meeting on Monday with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at his official residence in Tokyo.
For both of these meetings, Astrid wore a gorgeous pair of diamond drop earrings from her collection, featuring a pear-shaped stud and a larger pear-shaped drop.
She also wore an interesting circle brooch with a dark brown gemstone centerpiece.
On Monday evening, Princess Astrid wore a colorful dress for an official reception hosted by the Belgian delegation, plus a major modern statement necklace.
The necklace, in keeping with Astrid’s often avant-garde style, is an artful jumble of colorful beads set on flexible stems. Astrid smartly kept her earrings small and simple to avoid clashing (or even tangling!) with the necklace.
On Tuesday, Astrid and the Belgian delegation were on hand for a festive and fun celebration: the opening of Belgian Beer Weekend 2022 in Tokyo.
Astrid paired diamonds with her blue ensemble to celebrate all things Belgian beer, including her spectacular square-cut diamond drop earrings and an intriguing brooch.
Here’s a slightly better view of the brooch’s details. It somehow looks both modern and vintage to me—perhaps midcentury in its design?