Over the past two weeks, the King and Queen of the Netherlands and the Princess of Orange have been on an extensive visit to the Dutch Caribbean Islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. We’ve got a huge roundup today of some of the fascinating jewels worn by Máxima and Amalia during the trip—a mix of antique royal jewels and fun new pieces perfect for a day in the Caribbean.
The royal trio’s visit began on January 27 in Bonaire, where they disembarked from a government plane in the capital city of Kralendijk.
Queen Máxima wore a pair of beaded earrings for the family’s arrival, while Princess Amalia wore a pair borrowed from her mother. The pendant earrings are set with colorful semi-precious stones. Amalia also wore a favorite necklace with multiple charms, made by Marianna Lemos.
The family continued their visit to sites on the island of Bonaire on January 28.
Their stops in Kralendijk included visits to a cultural park, a windsurfing demonstration at Sorbonne Beach, and, poignantly, a solemn observance at Witte Pan, where they viewed living quarters that were once occupied by enslaved people.
Both Máxima and Amalia wore colorful, festive earrings for this part of the Bonaire visit as well.
Máxima reached for her pearl and citrine earrings with the pineapple design motif. You’ll also spot an excellent view of her diamond and padparadscha sapphire ring on her right hand.
Princess Amalia again borrowed earrings from her mother, wearing Máxima’s Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen earrings. (We recently discussed these earrings, versions of which have also been worn by Swedish and Danish royals.)
In the evening, the family attended the Taste of Bonaire Festival on the island.
Máxima wore major gold jewelry for the outing: hoop earrings, a chain necklace with a large pendant, and an enormous bracelet.
Princess Amalia repeated her Marianna Lemos necklace at the festival. She also wore Siman Tu earrings (borrowed from her mother once again) and several bracelets and rings, including an Hermès Clic H Bracelet.
On January 30, the family continued their tour in Aruba, starting with an official welcome ceremony.
Queen Máxima dived into the royal jewelry vaults for this appearance, wearing diamonds and rubies with her red ensemble, while Princess Amalia repeated the striped trouser suit she wore for King’s Day in 2022.
Princess Amalia wore large gold hoop earrings and the Marianna Lemos charm necklace with her ensemble for the welcome ceremony.
For a tour of the San Nicolas neighborhood the same day, Princess Amalia wore the same clothes and jewels, while Queen Máxima changed into a new outfit and jewelry.
With her orange dress, Máxima wore diamond pendant earrings with citrine drops.
She also wore a citrine ring, plus her bracelet set with diamonds and various shades of citrines.
On January 31, the family visited Aruba’s Arikok National Park.
With casual clothes, the royal ladies also wore fairly casual jewelry: gold earrings with a natural branch design for Queen Máxima, and gold hoop earrings and the Marianna Lemos charm necklace for Princess Amalia.
Later the same day, the trio changed clothes for a visit to Royal Aruba Aloe.
Máxima chose pastels, while Amalia opted for bright green and orange.
With her outfit, Queen Máxima wore a pair of button-style earrings set with colorful semi-precious gemstones. She’s been wearing these earrings for more than 20 years.
She also wore her diamond and kunzite bracelets and her aquamarine and emerald ring.
With her vibrant green blouse, Princess Amalia wore a pair of bright orange fringe earrings from Zara. She also wore her Marianna Lemos charm necklace and stacked bracelets.
That evening, it was carnival time for the royals in Aruba! Queen Máxima danced away in a black dress with a floral print.
Princess Amalia went for an even brighter moment in a fun fringed poncho from Missoni.
Máxima wore a pair of familiar earrings: her checkerboard fringe earrings. She’s worn these on several occasions, the most notable probably being her husband’s 50th birthday celebrations in 2017.
Princess Amalia wore a pair of bright yellow hoops that coordinated perfectly with her outfit.
On February 1, the royals toured a Dutch Royal Navy ship in Curaçao.
The jewelry star of the show during that portion of the tour was Princess Amalia, who wore a fabulous pair of beaded statement earrings from Barong Barong with a jellyfish design.
For their official welcome in Willemstad, Queen Máxima and Princess Amalia both wore orange. Máxima added her diamond floral earrings—another pair that has been in her jewelry box for more than two decades—with a large fabric and sequin flower pin, while Amalia wore a pair of green crystal earrings.
On February 2, the family continued the tour of Curaçao. The day also happened to be Willem-Alexander and Máxima’s 21st wedding anniversary, and they placed a love lock on a local bridge to commemorate the day.
Máxima wore pearls and diamonds, including pearl and diamond earrings, a single-stranded pearl necklace, and and a pearl ring.
Amalia wore a gorgeous pair of casual earrings from Rebecca de Ravenel with her charm necklace.
For a dinner out that evening on the island, Queen Máxima wore a new pair of earrings with turquoise-colored drops.
On February 3, the royal trio continued engagements in Willemstad, including a visit to the Tula Museum at Landhuis Knip.
Both Máxima and Amalia wore bold earrings.
The family attended more carnival celebrations that evening, this time in Willemstad’s Brion Square. Queen Máxima wore more big statement earrings, this time with a large diamond-shaped stud and an equally large drop.
On February 6, the royal tour arrived at Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten.
Eye-catching earrings were once again the jewelry focus. Queen Máxima wore a pair of modern sparkling hoops from her jewelry box, while Princess Amalia wore fan-shaped gold earrings with her charm necklace.
Later in the day, the family changed clothes before touring sites in the capital city of Philipsburg.
Queen Máxima brought along some major sparkle from the family vaults for these first engagements in Sint Maarten, wearing diamond and sapphire pieces. Here’s a good close-up of the Sapphire Figure Eight Earrings, which were made from Queen Wilhelmina’s dismantled diamond and sapphire tiara.
She also wore the family’s Round Sapphire and Diamond Brooch, which dates to the 1930s.
Princess Amalia wore a major pair of statement earrings in Philipsburg. The yellow beaded earrings were borrowed from her mother for the occasion.
On February 7, the family continued the visit to Sint Maarten, including a stop at Fort Amsterdam. They wore casual attire for this part of the visit, and equally casual jewels. Queen Máxima wore an intriguing suite featuring a necklace and earrings with matching pendants, plus a stack of big bracelets. Princess Amalia wore gold hoops with her charm necklace.
For a baseball game and a visit to an agricultural project later the same day, Máxima wore her diamond and tanzanite earrings with a blue dress.
Princess Amalia repeated earrings she’d worn earlier in the tour in Willemstad.
On February 8, the family headed to Sint Eustatius for the penultimate day of the royal tour. Here, they tour the historic center of Oranjestad.
They also watched a basketball game on the island. With her orange palm-print dress, Queen Maxima wore major earrings from Johanna Ortiz featuring shells and tassels. Princess Amalia’s Mercedes Salazar insect earrings also feature tassels.
AMALIA had diversiteit en onderlinge verschillen tussen de zes eilanden onderschat. Ze is wel verliefd geworden op Caribisch deel van het Koninkrijk – en hoopt in toekomst meer te zien en meer te leren. Maar het programma was vol,ml maar mooi pic.twitter.com/ABVPXhDtL7
— RoyalBlog NL (@royalblognl) February 10, 2023
On the final day of the royal tour, February 9, the family headed to the island of Saba. Queen Máxima wore a large pair of shell earrings with her blue and white dress, while Princess Amalia’s red tassel earrings were once again borrowed from her mother. (When your mother has a jewelry collection like Queen Máxima’s, who can blame her?)
Huge thanks to go Josine Droogendijk of Mode Koningin Maxima, the bloggers at UFO No More, and Polka Popp for some of the jewelry identifications featured in this article. Head over to their websites/accounts for much more!