Saturday, December 13, 2014

Luxarazzi 101: Grand Duchess Charlotte's Pearl and Diamond Necklace

When Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie stepped out in Japan for her first solo engagement to do what a royal on an economic mission does - promote their country's companies - a while ago, she did so for a company that has long and strong ties with the Grand Ducal Family, Schroeder Joalliers. As we never pass up a chance to delve deeper into the jewellery box - well, probably more like room - of the Grand Ducal Family, let's highlight one of Schroeders pieces of the grand ducal collection.
This pearl necklace including a diamond and pearl pendant was made for Luxembourg's Queen of pearls, Grand Duchess Charlotte. There was hardly a day in her life that the former Grand Duchess did not wear pearls though unfortunately we haven't been able to locate a picture of her wearing this particular necklace. It might be due to the fact that the length of the necklace is a rather difficult one to wear with the fashions Grand Duchess Charlotte preferred.

However, there were numerous occasion (including the two pictured above) during which Grand Duchess Charlotte's daughter-in-law Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte sported the pearl and diamond necklace. Created by Schroeder, the necklace is made out of round south sea pearls. Established by Lambert Schroeder in 1877, the jeweller became a purveyor to the Grand Ducal Court in 1920 and remains so to this day. Schroeder has created and adjusted jewellery for at least three generations of grand ducal ladies including Grand Duchess Charlotte, Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte and Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa over the past almost 100 years.

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