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ROYGBIV–Floral jewelry

A big hello to the community as we land here on Thursday and another extended ROYGBIV category–Floral jewelry! Get a cup of tea or coffee and relive our fun times with Red jewels, Orange jewels, Yellow jewels, Green jewels, Blue jewels, Purple jewels, Pink jewels, and Black-White-Black & White jewels. It’s been a fun series to write and I hope you’ve enjoyed all the categories we’ve explored. On with the show!

Japan

The Imperial Chrysanthemum is a hefty piece, and is only worn by the Empress. I love that the symbol of the entire monarchy is encapsulated in a sparkly piece of jewelry worn only by the leading lady.

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Denmark

Mary’s arrangement with Ole Lynggaard means she has exclusive use of the Midnight Tiara. It’s not to everyone’s taste (though it certainly delights me!) but there is no doubt a floral motif was created here and it inspired the brand’s Leaves collection.

A sweet and historical gift from her dear mother Ingrid, Daisy’s daisy brooch delights each time it appears. Just look at the Queen’s wedding ensemble here–my favorite royal wedding gown EVER, historical veil, the Khedive tradition and her mom’s brooch. If you’ll pardon the phrase, this brooch has really grown on me over the years.

Britain

I love me some pinecones, but in the original version where the round piece is centered. You can’t beat the stones in this piece, but I think the design really suffered when Anne had it shortened.

Betty’s Australian (HOW did I do that?!?) New Zealand Fern is fabulous–both delicate and sturdy at the same time. It goes anywhere with anything.

Betty gets two entries today, because She Is Deserving. The Maple Leaf Brooch has been shared around the family quite a bit. It has presence and is simply pretty at the same time. Be sure to scroll through the pages of the Instagram post for great individual portraits.

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The Maple Leaf Brooch 🍁 This diamond brooch in the shape of Canada's instantly recognizable maple leaf was given to Queen Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, by her husband George VI in advance of their wildly successful Canadian tour in 1939.The sizeable gem was a particular favorite during the war years, when she'd even perch it jauntily on her hat from time to time. She kept it until the end of her life, when it passed to the current Queen like the rest of her jewels. We now see it pop up in Canada and at Canada-centric activities.The Windsors are not generally a family that does a lot of jewel sharing, which makes this brooch an interesting case. Queen Elizabeth first wore it in 1951, when her mother lent it to her for her first tour of Canada alongside her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and she's now carried that tradition forward. She loaned the brooch to the Duchess of Cornwall for her first tour of Canada with the Prince of Wales in 2009, and Camilla wore it several times during the trip.The Queen did the same thing in 2011, lending it to the Duchess of Cambridge for her first Canadian visit with her husband and also in 2016. #queenelizabeth #katemiddleton #duchessofcambridge #royals #princewilliam #dukeofcambridge #windsor #westminster #royals #royalfamily #duchessofcornwall #queenmother #brooch #royaljewels #england #kensingtonpalace #buckinghampalace #greatbritain #frogmorehouse #britishroyals #britishmonarchy #followme #followback #tagsforlikesapp #tagstagramers

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Friends, indulge me, please on my very last ROYGBIV jewelry post, would you? I don’t usually post items that are not identifiably royal in nature, whether that be current or historical use. But, I am IN LOVE with this acorn tiara and really want Billy to buy it for Queen Cathy, when their time comes. I’ve chatted about it for years, but what a way to harken back to her Middleton coat of arms in a tiara fit for a queen. She’s even got matching earrings already. Sigh.

Spain

The royal ladies of Spain have a beautiful floral tiara at their disposal, and I look forward to seeing it on Leonor’s head in the coming years. Editor’s note: This particular Instagram link was displaying at huge sizes for some, so a screenshot is now displayed with a link to check out the fantastic photos. Click through the pages of the Instagram post!

Germany

This charming piece was worn by a Swedish princess to marry into the Hohenzollern family. I think it has real possibilities and I’d love to see it fanned out in the current style.

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We’re looking at the Hohenzollern Clover Coronet! It’s a beautiful Family heirloom worn by many a Hohenzollern bride featuring 4 diamond clovers which connect via a diamond base and arches to make a full circlet or coronet. . This bride pictured is HRH Princess Birgitta of Sweden who married into the family via Prince Johann Georg in 1961. She wore this for her German wedding service. I really like it on her! . They remained married until his death in 2016 although they had been openly separated for several years but still attended family events such as weddings together. . Although she may have spent much too much time in the sun in her years, was she not a gorgeous bride? Incidentally her sister Princess Désirée borrowed the dress for her wedding too a few years later ☺️ . . . #swedishroyals #hohenzollern #royalsofeurope #germanroyalty #jewel #jewellery #jewelry #jewelryblog #jewelleryblog #gemsanddiadems #tiara #crown #diadem #diamond #diamondtiara #royal #royalfamily #europeanroyalty #britishroyalfamily #crownjewels #royaljewels #coronet #clover #weddingtiara #wedding #gems #gemstones

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Russia

This very tall piece speaks to me each time I see it. Large, but airy. Full of symbolism. Sparkly.

Sweden

Not. One. Diamond. Amazeballs.

Found in a cupboard. Not kidding.

Monaco

Charlene wore these lovely diamond flowers on her wedding day, on loan from Caroline. I’d really like to see them make another appearance, on anyone. Ever. In my lifetime, please.

Netherlands

I beg forgiveness again as I present a repeat! You simply cannot beat the Dutch Laurel Wreath tiara. Magnificent.

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In ancient Greece, victorious athletes were crowned with wreaths of laurel leaves. Laurel wreaths have been Western cultural symbols of victory for centuries since, so it shouldn't be surprising that the wealthy and powerful have often commissioned their own diamond versions of laurel wreaths. The style is still so associated with ancient Greece that, in French, these tiaras are often called bandeaux à la grecque.The laurel wreath tiara is one of the oldest pieces in the Dutch collection, but there are two competing theories about its arrival in the family’s vaults. One posits that the tiara originally belonged to Princess Louise of Orange-Nassau, the sister of King Willem I of the Netherlands. The other theory suggests that the tiara was made in the early nineteenth century but purchased by the Dutch royals much later. According to this narrative of the tiara's history, it was acquired in the 1950s by Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard and given to Princess Beatrix to celebrate her eighteenth birthday. Whether it was newly purchased or dug out of the depths of the family’s collection, Beatrix did indeed receive the tiara as a birthday gift, and she wore it regularly as a young princess. She also shared the tiara with two of her sisters, Princess Margriet and Princess Christina.In recent years, however, the focus has been on the Dutch brides who have worn the tiara. Laurentien Brinkhorst wore the diadem at her wedding to Beatrix’s son, Prince Constantijn, in 2001. And Princess Irene's daughter, Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, wore it at her 2012 wedding to Albert Brenninkmeijer. #dutchroyaljewels #tiara #diadem #diamonds #diamond #wreaths #leaves #greekstyle #bandeaux #dutch #royals #foundation #vault #historical #jewels #jewelry #queen #queenmaxima #beatrix

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Who doesn’t need a giant convertible piece of jewelry for all occasions? This aigrette is ready for duty.

Albania

Now, you didn’t think I’d get through all of these posts without the GOAT, did you? Here it is in all it’s glory. It’s got the goat, yes. But it also has some lovely floral elements that help to soften the fact a medium sized milkable mammal is in the top spot.

And with that, I bid you a fond adieu from ROYGBIV-land. I hope you have enjoyed yourself and please show me your favorite floral pieces in the comments below!

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ROYGBIV–Floral

Welcome, friends, to our final entry in the ROYGBIV series, Floral! We’ve gone through the official colors of the ROYGBIV spectrum (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Indigo, Violet) plus the not-so-official categories of Pink, Black, White, Black & White, Silver & Gray, Gold, and Stripes while reviewing royal fashions and I’d like to thank our community for its enthusiastic participation. Please feel free to go back using the links and have a quick review of your favorites! It’s been a fun series to write and I hope that you all have enjoyed it.

Sweden

Look how gorgeous and restrained Christina looks here in this simple garment. Lovely. Just lovely.

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And even though I desperately wanted to repeat Madeleine’s Erdem (which can be seen on ROYGBIV Blue), I forced myself to show another of her many, many florals. Giambattista Valli, it is. It’s super busy and that can be a turn off for some, but I think this lady can pull it off just fine.

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Victoria’s wears this bold pink floral quite well, and it’s definitely one my favorite of her floral dresses. She wears a lot of floral, but there always seems to be something that is just off to my eye. This tailored day dress can do no wrong in my eye.

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Silvia looking fab in this somewhat subtle silver (as subtle as silver can be!) gown during a recent state visit.

Britain

Betty Senior glides around in this gorgeous floral with her beloved Charles and young Harry. Day hat netting also on parade.

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Here we have a trifecta of 1940s floral dresses on display with a crazypants hat. Matching pearls, matching florals. As one does.

Just LOOK at this vision.

I mean…THAT HAIR! Glorious.

I love this departure from The Lady’s normal style (OK, and it doesn’t hurt that my favorite color is involved). Welcome to Tuvalu, 1982. Check out the caption link for a ton of floral photo fun!

Denmark

Mary’s Ralph Lauren black floral is, in my book, a divine day dress. The pattern isn’t overwhelming, and it’s just…well, cute and professional at the same time. Loving the lighter accessories here. I admit, I also wanted to repeat her floral from Wax’s inauguration, but we can’t have repeats here!

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Look at this lady who, dare I say, looks fresh as a daisy in this floral geranium pattern! Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

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Marie wore this cute dress for Nikolai’s 18th birthday celebrations…I like all the details here and this is a perfect deployment of a neutral shoe.

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Spain

Letizia wears florals A LOT. It’s hard to choose favorites, so I’ll link to herroyalhighnesses on Instagram as the account has shown a plethora of florals that I think La Reina wears well. There’s a few clunkers here as well, so have fun deciding which is which!

Sofia (with her Dutch bestie) wore this subdued floral at The Crown Princess couple of Sweden’s wedding.

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Norway

Mette Marit also wears a ton of florals, but so often they are in the form of seriously frilly and unflattering so-called prairie dresses. I applaud this appearance at Margrethe’s 70th birthday party where she deployed an evening gown with a restrained (for her) floral skirt. Very, very pretty.

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Astrid wearing a beautifully cut gown, back in the day.

Netherlands

I love, love, love Maxima’s van Gogh dress. Plus, The Egg.

And my lady love Beatrix, looking absolutely divine during Jordan’s visit to the Netherlands in 2018.

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Greece

Marie Chantal attended Mr. & Mrs. Norway’s joint 80th birthday celebration in a super flattering gown, which may be one of my favorites of hers ever.

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Tatiana wore this super glam floral Herrera, also at Vic & Dan’s 2010 wedding. It really is the event that keeps on giving!

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Which of these florals tickles your fancy? What are your favorite royal fashions? Show us in the comments!

Next week, we’ll wrap up the jewels portion of our series with Floral Jewelry–start your research engines!