09 July 2014

Queen Letizia of Spain

I never post much about Letizia, but she is such a Queen now, and she deserves more attention! She was born September 15, 1972, and married King Felipe VI in 2004. She and Felipe have two daughters, the Princess Leonor, Princess of Asturias, and the Infanta Sofia.



Princess Letizia wearing an antique Mellerio diamond floral tiara.

Letizia wearing a diamond tiara originally belonging to Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia. Her father, Kaiser Wilhelm II, gave it to her when she married Prince Ernst August of Hanover in 1913. Victoria Louise sent the tiara home to its Greek roots by gifting it to her daughter Princess Frederika, who married the future King Paul of Greece. Just as she received the tiara from her mother, Frederika gave it to her own daughter. And her own daughter also became queen of another country: Queen Sofia of Spain. Sofia choose it for her wedding tiara.








Mette-Marit and Haakon

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway at the abdication ceremony of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Princess Mette-Marit and Prince Haakon, early on in their marriage before they had kids together.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway at the abdication ceremony of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Princess Mette-Marit with her daughter, Princess Ingrid.

Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Ingrid, and in the back, Prince Haakon, Prince Sverre, and Marius.

At the wedding of the Crown Prince of Norway, 25 August 2001.

At the wedding of the Crown Prince of Norway, 25 August 2001.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon.

08 July 2014

Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway

 I don't often post pics of the young royals on here, but there are quite a lot of them! I sort of lost count some years ago, but I can always google each crown prince/princess couple and find out how many kids they've now got! These are some pics of the lovely Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway, eldest daughter of Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

Norway recognizes the right for women to rule the throne, so even though Princess Ingrid has a little brother, Prince Sverre Magnus, she is still in line to be queen after her parents.

Princess Ingrid was born January 21, 2004.















Princess Ingrid with her little brother, Prince Sverre.

What a lucky little princess! Princess Ingrid swimming with a dolphin.

07 July 2014

Earrings of the Night

A pair of 18 karat gold, platinum, diamond and onyx ear clips by Van Cleef & Arpels, New York, circa 1960.

A pair of art deco diamond and onyx ear pendants, circa 1925.

A pair of diamond, cultured pearl, and enamel ear pendants by David Webb.

A pair of moonstone and diamond ear pendants.

A pair of gold, seed pearl, and sardonyx cameo earrings, circa 1880.

A pair of platinum, onyx, and diamond pendant earrings, Cartier, circa 1925.

A pair of platinum, onyx, diamond and enamel earrings.

A pair of diamond star pendant earrings.

Two pair of 18 karat white gold, diamond and colored stone earrings.

06 July 2014

Bejeweled Turtles

An 18 karat gold, pearl, colored stone and diamond turtle brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels.

An antique blister pearl and diamond turtle brooch, circa 1900.

A lacquer box topped with a rock crystal turtle, with emeralds and rubies.

A mid-20th century gem set turtle brooch by Cartier.

A ruby, diamond and gold turtle brooch.

A star sapphire and diamond Sea Turtle brooch.

Two multi-gem and simulated gemstone turtle brooches.

An 18 karat gold, carved emerald, and diamond turtle brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Two gold bracelets, 1940, and a gold and diamond turtle pin, 1950.

A pair of lapis lazuli and diamond turtle brooches.