24 June 2016

Tiara Thursday (on a Friday): The Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara, with Bonus National Day Fun

One of the most distinctive pieces in the vast Luxembourg tiara collection is the Chaumet Emerald Tiara, with its pointy shape and an egg-sized emerald front and center. Another Chaumet piece in their collection is also quite distinctive, though perhaps in a quieter way: the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara.
Cour grand-ducale
This particular Chaumet tiara features ribbons of diamonds and diamond garlands weaving around each other, topped by diamonds alternating with taller round pearls. Some say a classic diamond fringe tiara is like a fence on top of the head, but - thanks to that lattice-style design - this might be the tiara that gives me the most fence-like feel. (In a lovely, delicate way, mind you.)
The tiara, shown with sapphires on top
As the name suggests, the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara is a flexible piece. The diamonds and pearls along the top are detachable, meaning the tiara can be worn more than one way; the lattice portion can also be used as a choker style necklace (as shown on the Grand Duchess below, along with the Belgian Scroll Tiara).
The tiara has been worn by several grand ducal ladies. Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte (mother of the current Grand Duke) wore it at least once, as did her daughter her daughter Princess Margaretha; Grand Duchess Maria Teresa has been wearing it since her days as the Hereditary Grand Duchess. National Day 2016, celebrated this week in Luxembourg, added another princess to the list.
Cour grand-ducale/Olivier Polet/tous droits réservés
For more gala pictures: Wort, Tageblatt

A rousing round of tiara switcheroo (which we love) at the National Day gala gave us a few debuts. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa looked amazing, repeating the Elie Saab dress she wore to Crown Princess Victoria's wedding with a new wrap orientation and the Belgian Scroll Tiara; Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore a small butterfly tiara first seen in 2014; Princess Claire wore Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde’s Tiara for the first time; Princess Tessy wore the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara for the first time, along with quite a dress in the Nassau colors. And Princess Alexandra, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess' only daughter, made her debut in the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara. She wore it without the pearls.

Earlier, the family attended the traditional Te Deum. (See a gallery here.)
RTL video; see the Te Deum here
Stéphanie and Tessy provided all the hat interest the whole family needed with a sampling of fancy napkin fold couture. Which was excellent, because the day's best dressed was MT, impeccable but maybe a wee bit bland in her gray. Claire also livened things up by unknowingly wearing the same dress as Crown Princess Mette-Marit on the very same day - but M-M is another story for another day.

Other National Day events were also happening, and Luxarazzi has you covered there.