The Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Parure- a four piece suite of turquoise and diamond jewels
This is one of my favourite suites of Royal turquoise jewelry with its fantastic balance of colour and sparkle provided by the diamonds. It’s beautiful and regal without being too gaudy. Comprising of four pieces, a coronet-style button tiara, a necklace, earrings and a brooch, the suite features large oval and circular turquoise cabochon cut stones, all surrounded with diamonds, with scrolling diamond framework and floral diamond accents. The tiara is designed as a band of large turquoise with diamonds, set upon a frame of diamond scrolls with smaller turquoise accents and a final band of diamonds that sits above a white gold base. The necklace is a single row of turquoise and floral diamond clusters with a dangling row of five matching pendants, and is simple in comparison to the matching earrings and brooch. The earrings are comprised of two dangling diamond clusters with small turquoise centers, while the brooch features a very large oval turquoise as the center of an elaborate scrolling flower with diamond petals and leaves, with a large dangling pendant of turquoise and diamonds.
Created by an unknown jeweler before the 1905 wedding of Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, this suite is thought to have been a one of the Princess’ wedding gifts from her parents or new husband. The Princess wore her turquoise suite publicly on a few occasions- there are photographs of her wearing parts of the parure for separate events, and she notably wore the full suite for the wedding of her daughter Princess Sibylla to Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden in 1932.
Although the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family lost their dukedom at the end of World War I, they retained their hereditary titles along with the majority of their lands and jewels. The turquoise parure is just one of the treasures they retained. Although it remained out of the public eye for many years, today we occasionally see the parts of this gorgeous turquoise parure popping up at major royal events on Princess Kelly, the American wife of Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the great- grandson of Princess Victoria Adelaide.
Princess Kelly has worn the tiara and necklace to a few occasions in recent years, including the weddings of both Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, and to King Carl Gustaf of Sweden’s 70th birthday gala in April 2016 (King Carl Gustaf is the son of Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha).
I love this parure, and would love to see more of it- particularly the brooch and earrings which, after the tiara, are said to be the most impressive pieces in this suite.
Xx – Ana