Sophie Wessex’s jewellery collection started off with a few significant, sentimental pieces, including her wedding jewels. However, according to the Court Jeweller, the gems that have become “almost signature pieces” for Sophie, are aquamarines. Jewellery experts at Steven Stone teamed with crystal healing expert Angela Richardson, founder of YouTube channel Empowered Crystals, who believes gem jewellery can provide some incredible health benefits.
With each stone having unique health benefits, Steven Stone have revealed the hidden meaning behind the most popular gems.
Sophie Wessex’s favourite gems, aquamarines, are said to contain soothing properties which can help with teeth and gum issues, as well as balancing hormone production.
In 2004, Sophie began wearing a set of jewellery set with aquamarines. The necklace and earrings feature a modern design, with geometric ribbons of diamonds paired with the blue stone drops.
The Countess wore the set during the Polish state visit in May 2004.
In 2005 in Monaco, Sophie paired the set with a new piece: a convertible diamond and aquamarine tiara.
The sparkler was worn for Prince Albert II’s coronation gala.
The large central aquamarine is significantly paler and greener than the stones in the necklace and earring set, but the modern design of each piece makes them work as a set.
In 2006, Sophie wore the new tiara as a necklace at a charity gala for Childline. Prince Albert of Monaco was also at this gala.
Sophie’s aquamarines do make an appearance at events linked with the Monegasque Princely Family regularly.
The Countess of Wessex brought out the necklace version of the jewel at the Queen’s 80th birthday party at the Ritz that December.
At another event in Monaco, Sophie debuted a new aquamarine piece. It was an Art Deco brooch, with a large central aquamarine, which featured diamonds, plus surrounding rings of green and blue stones.
Sophie wore it for the first time in public at the July 2011 wedding of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
She wore the brooch again in 2012, 2013, and in 2014 at the Royal Ascot.
Sophie’s most significant piece of aquamarine jewellery is undoubtedly the tiara she debuted at the wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg in October 2012.
The piece, which features five large aquamarines set in complicated ribbons of diamonds, was worn by the Queen in the 1970s.
According to the Court Jeweller, the piece may be part of the aquamarine gifts Queen Elizabeth received from Brazil, but this is not confirmed.
The Countess has worn the piece with other items of jewellery belonging to the Queen, including the King Faisal necklace.
Sophie wore the new aquamarine tiara at the 2014 state banquet during the Singapore state visit, and also in 2013 at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Christopher O’Neill.