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ROYGBIV–Orange jewels!

Thanks so much for your fun responses to ROYGBIV-Orange last week! If you’d like to review the other colors of jewels reviewed so far, please take a look at ROYGBIV-Red jewelry. Let’s move on to some orange jewelry, shall we?

As you might expect the House of Orange-Nassau has quite a bit of orange jewelry and we’ll show just a few examples here. I’m sure our friend Triple-A will have much more to share with us in the comments!

Let’s begin with a small rock that I dare say should come to me, should Máxima ever tire of it for some strange reason.

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THAT, my friends, is an orange diamond. Not a citrine, nothing else. An Orange Diamond, in every way.

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Also made by court jeweler Steltman in The Hague, this exclusive ring was apparently designed by King Willem-Alexander (then prince of Orange) as an engagement gift for his future wife,  Màxima Zorreguieta. He presented it on 31 March 2001, one year before their wedding in February 2002. Set with a very rare oval orange diamond (as a tribute to the national colours of the Netherlands and the Dutch Royal House) flanked by two trapezoid-cut diamonds, and surrounded by two outer bands of brilliants. #dutchroyaljewels #ring #diamonds #oval #orange #trapezoid #cut #engagementring #entgagement #wedding #queenmaxima #willemalexander #king #princeoforange #carats #historical #dutch #holland #thenetherlands #royal #house #steltmanjewelry

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She’s also got some fab orange citrines…just some dainty rocks to compliment her other looks.

Here we have a parure with brooch, necklace, earrings, bracelet, crown (1810-1812) of Caroline Bonaparte, Joachim Murat’s wife and Queen of Naples – gold and Mediterranean coral. This is part of a private collection.

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Our next coral example is from Josephine Beauharnais, Empress Consort of the French (Napoleon’s first wife) in the early 1800s. Her two children by her first husband, Beauharnais became significant to royal lineage. She was the maternal grandmother of Napoleon III and also was the great-grandmother of later Swedish and Danish kings and queens. The current reigning houses of Belgium, Norway and Luxembourg descend from her.

Finally, we’ve got a doozy. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall has this sizable orange piece and no one really knows what it is. Fire opal? Padparadscha sapphire? Cairngorm? It’s a mystery and you can read a bit more here at Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault.

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What do you think of the orange examples shown here?

There are more orange jewels to appreciate. Get your sleuthing hats on! I’ll give you a hint. Think Norway and more Netherlands in modern times and there are quite a few others to discover. Show us your finds in the comments!