Queen Sofia’s Pearl Earrings

Queen Sofia of Spain is celebrating her 80th Birthday next week, and to mark her milestone birthday, we are taking a look at 8 pieces from the jewellery collection of the Greek Princess who became the first consort of the restored monarchy of modern Spain, featuring her Pearl Earrings today!

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Consisting of a diamond floral cluster with a round drop pearl, these pearl and diamond earrings have been in Queen Sofia’s jewellery box since at least the 1970s, and are often paired with her many pearl necklaces. One of the earliest notable appearances was at King Juan Carlos’ Enthronement in 1975.

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The earrings also complement the Pearls in the Mellerio Shell Tiara, the Cartier Diamond and Pearl Tiara, and Queen Maria Christina’s Cartier Loop Tiara.

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In 1995, Queen Sofia loaned her Pearl and Diamond to her elder daughter, Infanta Elena, at her wedding to Jaime de Marichalar in Seville in 1995, which she paired with the Marichalar Tiara, a wedding gift from her parents-in-law.

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In recent years, the Pearl and Diamond Earrings have been loaned to Queen Letizia, who notably wore them to the Israeli State Banquet at the Royal Palace of Madrid in November last year. There is no doubt we will continue to see her wear the earrings in the future.

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