27 March 2015

Some Opal Necklaces

In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal. It was also said to confer the power of invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in the hand.

An 18 karat gold and opal necklace, circa 1904.

An opal bead and diamond necklace.

An opal and gold necklace.

An Edwardian style opal and gold necklace.

A Victorian opal and gold necklace in its original case.

*opal info courtesy of Wikipedia.com

26 March 2015

Queen Elizabeth's 60th Wedding Anniversary

 In 1947, a 21-year old Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain married a naval officer, Prince Philip of Greece. They are cousins, related through Queen Victoria, where Philips grandmother, Princess Victoria of Battenberg, was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Princess Victoria was also the sister to two famous Russian royals, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Grand Duchess Elizaveta.

 Prince Philip of Greece with his fiancé, Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain, in 1947. They had met each other 8 years earlier, in 1939, when Elizabeth was 13 and Philip was 18, and from then on they started a correspondence for the next 8 years, until their engagement.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated 60 years together in 2007. For the occasion, they recreated their famous engagement photograph. The Queen is wearing the same pearl necklaces, pearl earrings and sapphire and diamond brooch that she wore in the 1947 photograph.

This year the Queen and Duke celebrate their 68th anniversary, an amazing feat indeed.

25 March 2015

Dutch Monarchy

Prince Johan Friso and Princess Mabel. Prince Friso died in 2013 after being in a coma after a skiing accident. He was the youngest child of Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. They became sovereigns after Queen Beatrix abdicated.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.

Princess Mabel and Prince Friso.

Princess Laurentien, wife of Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands (who is one of the King's brothers).

Queen Maxima wearing a beautiful pearl and diamond parure. She has a huge variety of jewels to choose from as the Dutch queen.

Queen Maxima.

Queen Maxima.

Queen Maxima.

The three daughters of the King and Queen of the Netherlands. In this picture, Princess Ariane is 7, Princess Catharina-Amalia is 10, and Princess Alexia is 9.

The King and Queen.

24 March 2015

Norwegian Monarchy

King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway on their wedding day in 1968.

King Olav with the then-Crown Princess Sonja and Crown Prince Harald.

Harald and Sonja.

Princess Märtha Louise wearing the diamond and pearl tiara of Queen Maud.

Princess Märtha Louise and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway in 2013.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway in 2013.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway in 2013.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway in 2013.

23 March 2015

Swedish Monarchy

King Carl XVI Gustaf, Crown Princess Victoria, and future heir to the Swedish throne, Princess Estelle, pictured at Estelle's christening, May 22, 2012.

Princess Estelle Ewa Mary and King Carl XVI Gustaf, May 2012.

King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Prince Daniel's parents, and the happy new parents, Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, May 2012.

The King and Queen of Sweden.

Queen Silvia, born Silvia Sommerlath, from Germany.

King Carl XVI Gustaf.

Queen Silvia in the Leuchtenberg sapphire and diamond parure.

Silvia and Carl XVI Gustaf.

Queen Silvia in a magnificent diamond tiara.

Queen Silvia with her son, Prince Carl Philip.

Queen Silvia wearing the Braganza diamond tiara.

Queen Silvia wearing the sapphire and diamond jewelry suite.