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ROYGBIV—Pink jewelry

Hello everyone! It’s time for pink jewels—the first unofficial color we’ve added to our ROYGBIV series. If you are new to our community, search for the tag ROYGBIV on the sidebar to revisit all of the other rainbow fun!

Wishing all of our American readers a Happy 4th of July!

Italy

The Savoy pink tourmalines turn up on the royal scene even now. I love how they can be delicate and have a strong presence at the same time.

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#dnaroyalsarchive 🇮🇹 The Savoy Tourmaline Parure (our logo 👑😉) 🇮🇹 Questa paure è stata realizzata da Musy (gioielliere di corte di Casa Savoia) per la Regina Maria Teresa nel 1830 e include una tiara, una collana, una spilla con tre pendenti, orecchini pendenti e due bracciali. Nel 1850 la Principessa Elisabetta di Sassonia sposa il Principe Ferdinando di Savoia, Duca di Genova e fratello di Re Vittorio Emanuele II. La nuova Duchessa riceve la parure come regalo di nozze dalla suocera, la Regina Maria Teresa. Alla fine dell’800 i bracciali vengono ridisegnati da Musy con nodi Savoia. Nel 1912 Elisabetta muore e questi gioielli vengono ereditati dalla figlia Margherita, la prima Regina consorte d'Italia. Oggi sono ancora con la famiglia Savoia. Di recente è stata indossata da Marina, moglie di Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia, figlio di Re Umberto II, e dalla nuora Clotilde, moglie di Emanuele Filiberto. Le pietre sono sostituibili con turchesi o coralli o granati. È possibile anche utilizzare uno dei bracciali come girocollo 💎👑💎 This paure was made by Musy (Hours of Savoy court jeweller) for Queen Maria Teresa in 1830 and include a tiara, a necklace, a brooch with three pendants, pendant earrings, and two bracelets. In 1850 Princess Elisabeth of Saxony married Prince Ferdinand of Savoy, Duke of Genoa and King Vittorio Emanuele II’s brother. The new Duchess received the parure as wedding gift by her mother-in-law, Queen Maria Teresa. At the end of 1800s the bracelets were redesigned by Musy with Savoy knots. In 1912 Elizabeth died and this jewels were inherited by her daughter Margherita, the first Queen consort of Italy. It is still with the Savoy family today. It has been worn in recent years by Marina, wife of Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, King Umberto II’s son, and by their daughter-in-law Clotilde, wife of Emanuele Filiberto. The stones are replaceabled with turquoises or corals or garnets. It is possible to use one of the bracelets as a choker 🇮🇹 (😍💎 swipe left ⬅️) #diamonds #jewels #tiara #houseofsavoy #casasavoia #savoia #savoy #margheritadisavoia #italianroyalty #italianroyalfamily #dnaroyals #royal #royalty #royals #monarchia #queenmargherita #famigliareale

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Germany

The Württemberg Pink Topaz and Diamond Parure is quite impressive and it would be fantastic to see these pieces on parade again. There are quite a few photos in this Instagram post–be sure to scroll through and see all the pieces! You can also read more here at Royal Magazin.

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Topaz is well known mineral occurring in several colours, the most common being colourless (today typically treated to obtain other colours, including irradiation for shades of blue, coating for any colour), with varieties in the yellow to orange range, and the less common natural blues, browns, pinks and reds. Although pink may be obtained by heat treatment at 400-500ºC in chromium-bearing orangey topaz or by introducing a pink foil-back in the closed setting (a common technique in the late 18th century), there are also natural pinks. In the image, the Württemberg Pink Topaz and Diamond Parure, dated ca. 1810-1830, from the fabulous collection of the @albionart.institute , consisting of several jewellery pieces including tiara, necklace, bracelets, earrings and brooch. It belonged to Marie Georgina Henrietta (1857-1882) wife of Wilhelm II of Württemberg, Germany. The colour of these topazes is consistent with Sanarka material, Chelyabinsk Oblast (Urals) in Russia. It happens though that the suggested dating of the parure predates a few decades the period reported for the discovery of topaz in the gold washings of the Sanarka river. Interesting observation that jewellery historians might possibly sort out. Photos © Albion Art Jewellery Institute, Japan . . #gemmology #gemology #jewellery #topaz #pinktopaz #tiara #parure #royaljewellery #royalty #finejewellery #19thcentury #wurttemberg #russiantopaz #diadem #diamondtiara #topaznecklace #topazjewelry #historicaljewelry #jewelleryart #jewelryart #jewelrycollection #jewellerycollection #albionart #japan #finearts #portugalgemas

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Prussia

The Prussian Pink Topaz Parure is quite impressive and yet another set I’d like to see out and about. Check out the link the photo caption for more information and photos.

Britain

Elizabeth was given the Saskatchewan Tourmaline Flower Brooch in 2013, but did not wear it in public until 2014. I think this piece is fascinating. When I first saw it, I was all okayyyyyyyy. But having spent some time looking at the details, I really appreciate how this is a wonderful gift for Elizabeth. Pink is her signature color, there is a huge pearl and it’s lined in diamonds. A modern take on classical elements for our best girl.

Eugenie received a lovely pink papadaschra sapphire surrounded by diamonds upon her engagement to Jack Brooksbank. Classic style, but again updated for a modern girl.

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Sweden

Silvia has a few extraordinary pink pieces in the Swedish collection which, at least in modern times, have only been worn by the queen. She often pairs the necklace and brooch with the Connaught tiara, but once again Victoria’s wedding proves a great event to show things off as Mom wore the pink with the Braganza (scroll through the slides).

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Netherlands

Maxima’s kunzites. Le sigh.

Here we have the foundation’s Russian Devant de Corsage. It can be worn in many forms, but check out those giant pink diamonds!

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This diamond and pearl devant de corsage belonged probably to the Russian Empress Maria Feodorovna, mother of Queen Anna Pavlovna of the Netherlands and grandmother of Queen Sophie (first wife of King Willem III). Sophie inherited this jewel from her mother Grand-Duchess Catharina Pavlovna. (Queen of Württemberg) The jewel consists of a diamond open work or lace work bow containing five cushion cut pink diamonds, from which are suspended a pearl and two tassels with pearls with in between a small diamond bow. Queen Wilhelmina, Juliana, Beatrix and Maxima all wore this stunning piece in different versions. The full version, the version without the pendant, but with the three drop pearls or with the three diamonds directly hanging from the bow and the version with the shortened pendant with the pear shaped pearls. #dutchroyaljewels #devantdecorsage #stomacher #bow #brooche #pink #diamonds #cushion #cut #pearls #pear #pendant #russian #provenance #empress #pavlovna #queen #sophie #queenmaxima #juliana #wilhelmina #beatrix #historical #antique #jewelry #jewels #dutch #foundation #royals #royalty

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Hyderabad

Another beauty from the Nizam of Hyderabad, this one a sarpech. Stunning.

What are you favorite pink royal jewels? Show us in the comments!

Programming note: Our next entries in the ROYGBIV series will be Black (only), White or Cream (only), and Black & White (only). We will keep true to these colors and the only other caveat is that we will NOT be using wedding gowns in the White or Cream category–gotta keep it interesting for your research plans! And yes, Blergh is a separate category from White or Cream. Happy internet searching!!