This week, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg selected the family’s aquamarine jewel suite for a banquet held during a state visit to Poland. The set is one of the grand ducal family’s many twentieth-century jewel treasures; today, we’re talking about the tiara from the parure, a bandeau made of diamonds and aquamarines.
The piece is made of large aquamarines interspersed with crisscrossed rows of diamonds. It was made as a part of a demi-parure of aquamarine jewels for the late Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte; the set also includes earrings and a necklace. Joséphine-Charlotte was photographed wearing the bandeau low across her forehead, just as her mother, Queen Astrid of the Belgians, once wore her bandeaux. Marie-Astrid, Joséphine-Charlotte’s daughter, was also pictured wearing the aquamarine bandeau in this manner.
Other members of the family have chosen to wear the tiara more traditionally. The current grand duchess, Maria Teresa, has worn the tiara on multiple occasions , including at the glittering wedding of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in 2004 (see above). Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (née of Luxembourg) wore her mother’s aquamarine set at another major wedding: that of the grand duchy’s future reigning couple, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, last autumn (see the photo at the top of this post). As the new Hereditary Grand Duchess has been steadily working her way through the many tiaras in the Nassau family vaults, I think it’s only a matter of time before we see her wearing the tiara, too .
NOTES, PHOTO CREDITS, AND LINKS
1. The photo linked here is from the bloggers at Luxarazzi; as always, you can read more about all of the grand ducal family’s tiaras at their blog.
2. A version of this post originally appeared at A Tiara a Day in September 2013.
8. At a concert in Amsterdam on Thursday, Queen Maxima surprised royal watchers by recycling a dress first worn decades earlier by her mother-in-law. She accessorized the already-bejeweled dress with bracelets and a pair of dangling earrings.
7. We all know that connections to royal wearers significantly increase the values of pieces of jewelry, but even so, this is kind of staggering: apparently the sapphire and diamond engagement ring worn by both Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge is now worth an estimated £300,000 — approximately ten times its original price.
6. To celebrate Princess Benedikte’s seventieth birthday, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark bestowed the Order of the Dannebrog on her sister. The order honors those who have made major contributions to the nation, and as Benedikte continues to carry out engagements (and even serve as regent) in Denmark, I’d say she certainly meets the qualifications. The order has eight grand commanders: Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Prince Joachim, (the former) King Constantine II of Greece, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, King Harald V of Norway, and now Princess Benedikte.
5. Although she normally prefers very low-key jewelry, the Princess of Asturias added an unexpected ornament to her hair for an audience at Zarzuela Palace on Thursday: a thin gilded headband.
4. The Countess of Wessex found a cuddly friend on a visit to Newbury this week. If you peek past Rosie the guinea pig, you’ll catch a glimpse of her Heavenly Necklaces snowflake pendant.
3. Queen Elizabeth II debuted an apparently new brooch this week in Essex. The piece appears to feature daffodils, which may suggest a connection to Wales; indeed, the only time it’s been spotted before was in a portrait of the Queen commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation.
2. On Tuesday, Queen Maxima wore
a questionable hat a beautiful pair of pearl pendant earrings during a regional tour of The Achterhoek.
1. Leave it to the Luxembourgish royals to give us our tiara of the week! Grand Duchess Maria Teresa brought out the family’s aquamarine set during a state visit to Poland.