25 July 2014

This Week in Royal Jewels: July 18-24

July 18-24, 2014

This week's jewelry recap sees our favorite royals in full summertime mode: gathering with their families, opening athletic competitions, and making trips to Paris. Ooh-la-la!

10. A match made in heaven: elegant Queen Letizia of Spain and the City of Light. Felipe and Letizia made an introductory visit to France this week, and Letizia accessorized her dress with a pair of gorgeous earrings. (See more pictures of the visit at The Royal Roundup!)

24 July 2014

The Top Ten: Ruby Tiaras

If you're a July baby, you know very well that your birthstone is one of the most striking precious gems around: the ruby. Rubies come in various shades of red, from fire engine to pink to nearly brown; they're most commonly found in Asian countries like Thailand and India, though some rubies have also been discovered in mines in North America, Africa, and Europe.

Today, we're combing through royal vaults to have a look at ten tiaras that feature rubies prominently in their designs. From heirlooms to modern pieces, rubies have been used in numerous styles in royal jewelry worn today. Which is your favorite royal ruby tiara?

10. The Niarchos Ruby Tiara

A single or double bandeau of rubies set in gold, this tiara belongs to Queen Sofia of Spain. Along with a suite of coordinating pieces, the tiara was given to the Greek-born princess as a wedding gift in 1962 by Stavros Niarchos, the famous Greek shipping magnate. The entire set was made by Van Cleef and Arpels.

23 July 2014

Queen Sonja's Pearl Drop Brooch

Queen Sonja of Norway's jewel box is full of suites and parures of coordinating jewels, but our Magpie of the Month also has some stunning individual pieces. One of these is today's piece of jewelry: Sonja's diamond and pearl drop brooch.

Queen Alexandra (source)

The original owner of the brooch was Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, who is the ancestor of Norway's present-day royals through her daughter, Queen Maud. In the portrait above, Alexandra wears the circular diamond brooch, with its pearl pendant, pinned to the left shoulder of her gown.