Happy Birthday to Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg, who turns 36 today! The Belgian Countess who is set to be the Consort of the world’s only Grand Duchy, she has access to an enormous collection of jewels, including today’s piece which comes from the collection of another Belgian-born Grand Duchess.
Featuring large pear-shaped diamonds and smaller sapphires, the piece has a relatively modern design, but the stones are thought to originate from Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden, who left some of her jewels to Grand Duchess Charlotte. The Necklace/Tiara was first pictured on Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte in the 1970s, worn for some Official Portraits, King Carl Gustaf’s Wedding Gala, and for a Spanish State Banquet, paired with two of her other sapphire tiaras, and as a Tiara during a State Visit to Germany in 1977.
After Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte’s death, the Sapphire and Diamond Necklace was pictured once on Grand Duchess Maria Theresa, when it was paired with the Chaumet Pearl and Diamond Choker Tiara, and later at the Wedding of Prince Albert of Monaco in 2011, when it was worn with the Grand Duchess Adélaïde Tiara.
In recent years, the the Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte’s Sapphire and Diamond Necklace Tiara has been primarily worn by Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, paired with the Grand Duchess Adélaïde Tiara for King Harald and Queen Sonja’s 80th Birthday Banquet in 2017, with the Chaumet Pearl and Diamond Choker Tiara for the Dutch State Visit in 2018, and most recently, as a Tiara, for the first time in over 40 years, at the New Year’s Reception last month. There is no doubt we will see it again in the future.