Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte’s Diamond Earrings

Today marks the 15th Anniversary of the death of Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg, the Belgian Princess who became the consort of the World’s only grand Duchy. To mark the anniversary, we are taking a look at her Diamond Earrings.

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Featuring “an articulated line of brilliant-cut and single-cut diamonds terminating into a brilliant-cut diamond weighing respectively 1.98 and 1.86 carats”, the Diamond Earrings were probably wedding gifts to Princess Josephine Charlotte of Belgium when she married Hereditary Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg in 1953, and quickly became favourites, usually paired with her Belgian Scroll Tiara, another wedding gift.

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Notable appearences of the earrings include King Baudouin’s Pre-Wedding Ball in 1960, Grand Duke Jean’s Accession in 1964, a State Visit to Belgium in 1967, Persepolis in 1971, the British State Visit to Luxembourg in 1976, a State Visit from Belgium in 1994, the Wedding of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway in 2001, and a Ball at the Royal Palace of Amsterdam in 2002, often paired with the Luxembourg Empire Tiara or the Belgian Scroll Tiara. Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte also loaned the earrings to her favourite daughter-in-law, Princess Sibilla.


After her death in 2005, many of Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte’s jewels were put on auction by her children, which was later cancelled due to public outcry. However, like many of the smaller jewels, the diamond earrings were later auctioned in the ‘Property from Aristocratic Families including Coaches from a Royal Stable’ Sale in Amsterdam in 2007 for 14,650 euros.



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