Happy Birthday to Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, who turns 52 today! One of the many illustrious brides to marry into the Grand Ducal Family in recent years, since we have already featured her Art Deco Tiara, today we are taking a look at Queen Victoria Eugenie’s Aquamarine Parure.
The Aquamarine Parure consists of a Diamond Circle Tiara set with pear-shaped Brazilian aquamarines, an Art Deco sautoir with a large aquamarine pendant, a pair of earrings, a brooch set with a large faceted aquamarine and a massive briolette aquamarine pendant, a bracelet, and a ring.
In the 1900s, Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain received a Tiara made by Ansorena from her husband, King Alfonso XIII, after she has seen a similar diadem and dropped a few subtle hints. The original Tiara was set with drop pearls, which Queen Victoria Eugenie had reset with Brazilian Aquamarines in the 1920s, which she wore with her Art Deco Aquamarine Parure.
In 1935, Queen Victoria Eugenie gave her Aquamarine Parure as a Wedding Gift to her daughter Infanta Beatriz when she married the Prince of Civitella-Cesi. Finding the original Tiara too fragile for the large aquamarines, Infanta Beatriz had the stones reset by Bulgari to create the Diamond Circle Tiara we see today, similar to the Vladimir Tiara in the British royal collection. The Aquamarine Parure was often worn by Infanta Beatriz, who also used the Tiara without the pear-shaped aquamarines. Notable occasions include the Wedding Ball of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sophia of Greece in 1962 and Infanta Pilar’s Pre-Wedding Ball in 1967.
The Tiara was worn by Infanta Beatriz’s daughter, Dona Olimpia Torlonia at her wedding in 1965, and the Aquamarine Parure was inherited by her and her elder sister, Countess Sandra Lecquio di Assaba after the Infanta’s death in 2002. Dona Olimpia wore the Tiara at the Wedding of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in 2004 and the late Countess Sandra wore the Parure at the Crown Prince Felipe’s Pre Wedding Dinner the following week.
After some rumours that King Juan Carlos had been inquiring about buying the Parure from his cousins, in 2012, Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, daughter of Dona Olimpia, wore the Tiara, Earrings, Brooch, and Bracelet, with a large diamond riviere, at the Pre-Wedding Gala of her nephew, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume.
In recent years, the Tiara has gone on display at the Bulgari exhibition at the Kremlin in Moscow. As the most high profile of Infanta Beatriz’s grandchildren, it is expected that Princess Sibilla will inherit the parure, though the eventual fate remains unknown.