Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tiara Tuesday: Emerald Parure Tiara *

The Emerald Parure was created in 1898/1899 by Jeweller Eduard Schürmann & Co. in Frankfurt. It was a gift from Queen Regent Emma to her daughter, Queen Wilhelmina in 1899. The emeralds used in this parure are said to have been brought to Holland by Princess Wilhelmina of Prussia, wife of Prince Willem V of Orange-Nassau, in the 18th century. 
Late-Queen Juliana, Queen Beatrix, Princess Margriet
The tiara has a figure eight and scroll motifs, has round emeralds set in diamonds to the side and is topped with three oval diamond and emerald clusters. The tiara is mounted in silver and gold.
The tiara was originally topped with three oval diamond and emerald clusters. Two oval emerald clusters were removed in the 1950's to make earrings for Queen Juliana. The now somewhat bland tiara has been worn upside down in an oriental style by Queen Juliana and her daughters in the 50's and 60's.
Princess Maxima, Princess Laurentien, Princess Mabel
The necklace has a very intricate design of diamond elements enterspersed with small emeralds. The pendant which can be attached in various ways has a figure eight and floral motif. The versatile brooch has been seen in many variations through the years, most recently on Princess Maxima and Princess Laurentien.There are different brooches, pairs of earrings and bracelets with diamonds and emeralds in the parure. 
The Parure
From 2007 onwards Princess Maxima has been seen wearing a newly acquired (versatile) pair of diamond and emerald earrings.

Pearl Setting (Duchess of Palma)
In recent years the Emerald tiara was altered again. This time the two round emeralds which were originally set on the base of the tiara were remounted on top of the tiara. The tiara has also been changed to an all diamond setting. Since 2003 the tiara of this parure has also been seen in a setting with diamonds and pearls.

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