Queen Mathilde’s Diamond Butterfly Brooch

Happy Birthday to Queen Mathilde of Belgium, who turns 49 today! With one of the smallest jewellery collections among her European counterparts, Queen Mathilde is frequently seen in just a few limited pieces, and quite a few loans, from which we are featuring her Diamond Butterfly Brooch today!

The Belgian Royal Tiaras | Diamond Fringe Earrings | Diamond Scroll EarringsWedding Earrings | Waterfall Brooch | Tunisian Parure | Aquamarines | Diamond Butterfly Brooch

Made around 1900, this Diamond Butterfly Brooch is of unknown provenance and described as:

Importante BROCHE DE CORSAGE en platine (900 millièmes) et or gris (750 millièmes) ajouré serti de diamants taille ancienne de forme coussin dont sept plus importants, et de diamants taillés en rose, à motifs de volutes, rinceaux et fleurs stylisées. Vers 1900. Dim.: 8 x 5,5 cm. Poids brut: 33,4 g

In October 2014, the Brooch was purchased by Jeweller Martin du Daffoy at auction at Drouot’s in Paris for € 8.400. While it is possible that the Diamond Butterfly Brooch may have been bought by Queen Mathilde, Martin du Daffoy have posted pictures with the Brooch (which could have been taken earlier) after Queen Mathilde has started wearing it, so it is likely that is a loan, as with some other jewels that the Queen has worn.

Embed from Getty Images

The Diamond Butterfly Brooch made its debut in 2017, when Queen Mathilde used it to pin the Sash of the Danish Order of the Elephant at the spectacular Banquet hosted by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark on the first day of the Belgian State Visit to Denmark, when the Brooch was paired with the Nine Provinces Tiara.

Later that year, the Diamond Butterfly Brooch made another appearance, this time used to pin the Sash of the Belgian Order of Leopold for the lavish ceremonial Cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand in Bangkok.

Embed from Getty Images

More recently, the Diamond Butterfly Brooch was paired with the Wolfers Necklace Tiara for the State Banquet in honour of the Australian Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove at the Royal Castle of Laeken in 2018. Lets hope we see this splendid loan

The Belgian Royal Tiaras | Diamond Fringe Earrings | Diamond Scroll EarringsWedding Earrings | Waterfall Brooch | Tunisian Parure | Aquamarines | Diamond Butterfly Brooch

Queen Mathilde

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s