Thursday, 23 June 2016

Pearls for June: Luxembourg

There are some pearls in there - Stephanie of Luxembourg in a very unusual tiara
(photo By Frankie Fouganthin - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wiki Commons)

The ladies of Luxembourg have a lot of tiaras to choose from and among them are two diadems decorated with pearls. One is grand and does the whole classic diamond and pearl mix thing. The other is more discreet and mixes the pearls with a more unusual stone.  Settle back and enjoy Luxembourg's contribution to pearls for June.

Let's start with the biggie. The diamonds and pearls of the House of Luxembourg come in the form of a lattice style diadem that can also be worn as a choker necklace. It features strong lines of criss crossing diamonds with pearls sitting on top in a neat row interspersed with diamonds. The pearls can be removed for a different look leaving just the row of diamonds on top of the lattice work.

It can also be worn as a necklace, again without the pearls. It's quite a modern looking piece and has been used for some big events including the gala dinner ahead of the marriage of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie in October 2012 when the mother of the groom went all wedding white in pearls at a glittering event at the Ducal Palace.

The other pearl piece in their collection is much more unusual. For a start, it's a bandeau style tiara - simple, discreet and rather elegant.

These pearls have a lot of work to do. They're set against some bright orange stones that dominate the piece and almost out sparkle them. The pearls make little loops in semi circles that link the orange of the gems between them.

It's been more popular in recent years with Hereditary Duchess Stephanie wearing it to the wedding of Princess Madeleine in 2013. It's not a huge favourite with the Luxembourg royals but it still has its moments. And while it's not the easiest piece to wear, it's still an intriguing addition to the royal jewel box of Europe.

There are more pearls for June here.

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