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Sapphires for September: the Luxembourg Royal Collection

Francis

Sept. 18, 2020

As September’s birthstone is the sapphire, we are taking a look at the royal vaults that contain sapphires in their collection. The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg has four tiaras, a necklace (which converts to a tiara) and earrings that feature sapphires that have been seen on the royal ladies at various events.
The Sapphire Necklace Tiara
The tiara has pear-shaped diamonds separated by small sapphires. Small sapphires also decorate the base. Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte wore it often as a tiara, and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa has utilised it as a necklace. It was recently seen on Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie at the 2020 formal New Year’s Reception in Luxembourg.
The Sapphire Bandeau Bracelet Tiara
This diamond and sapphire bracelet is part of the collection and was worn by the late Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte; she received it as a gift upon her wedding to the future Grand Duke Jean in 1953. It could also be converted into a brooch. It was thought that it was sold in an auction after the Grand Duchess’s death, but Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (her daughter) has since been seen wearing it.
The Grand Duchess Adélaïde Tiara
The tiara has a large sapphire in the centre that is surrounded by diamonds with a leaf design. It was seen on Grand Duchess Maria Teresa before her daughters-in-law began wearing it with Princess Tessy being the first to don the diadem at the pre-wedding gala for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Stéphanie de Lannoy (now the Hereditary Grand Duchess). Stéphanie and Princess Claire have since been seen in the tiara.
The Sapphire Art Deco Tiara
A significantly large sapphire is the centrepiece of this square-themed tiara that also features diamonds. This tiara is versatile as it can be worn as both a tiara and necklace. Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte wore it as a necklace while in Sweden for the 50th birthday celebrations of King Carl XVI Gustaf in 1996.
The Sapphire Necklace of Princess Margaretha
Worn exclusively by Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (born a Princess of Luxembourg), the necklace is owned personally by the Princess. She has been seen wearing it at official functions in the past as a tiara. It features diamonds with sapphires mixed throughout.
And the rest..
There are also diamond and sapphire drop earrings that have been seen on the Luxembourgish royal ladies, including Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte and Princess Tessy.
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