The stunning royal often pairs her engagement ring with three other rings – which have both monetary and sentimental value. Easily mistaken for engagement rings, all three were gifted to her by her husband to celebrate the births of each of their children.
Perhaps the most interesting is the diamond ring that Willem-Alexander bestowed to celebrate the arrival of the couple’s third daughter, Princess Ariane, which is very similar in design to the engagement ring worn by the Duchess of Cornwall.
Taking a close look at the three rings, our leading jewellery expert Zack Stone reveals everything you need to know…
To mark the birth of their first daughter, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Willem-Alexander gifted Maxima with a ruby and diamond ring that she wears on her right hand.
The ruby is a lustrous, deep red stone that has accrued special and symbolic meaning through time. Through the ages, the ruby has represented nobility, purity, and passion. Physically, rubies are believed to energise and balance, whilst encouraging a passion for life. They are also said to overcome exhaustion and calm hyperactivity when worn daily.
If that wasn’t enough, the ruby featured in this ring is incredibly special, as it’s a pigeon blood ruby, which is not only visually flawless, but also incredibly rare.
This ring is often mistaken for Queen Maxima’s engagement ring as it features a similar orange gemstone. However, this is a different jewel which was gifted to Maxima after the birth of the couple’s second daughter, Princess Alexia.
Rather than an orange diamond, this ring features an orange sapphire, which are equally as rare. Orange sapphire’s are believed to stimulate sexual strength and appetite and increase fertility, suggesting maybe the King wanted another child? If so, the powers of the sapphire definitely worked!
To celebrate the birth of their youngest daughter, Princess Ariana, Willem-Alexander gifted Maxima with an emerald-cut diamond ring. Although very unique, it does share a likeness with the Duchess of Wales’ engagement ring from Prince Charles, which also features a huge emerald-cut stone. The main difference is that Camilla’s diamond is flanked on either side by three diamond baguettes, whereas Queen Maxima’s is flanked by two smaller stones.
Queen Maxima isn’t the only royal who’s received jewels upon the birth of their children, either. Kate Middleton received a pendant with George’s full name on it, a 0.23 carat diamond and 18ct white gold white gold ring from Annoushka, which cost around £1,200 at the time, and a diamond eternity ring, which we estimate is worth £1,500.
Prince Harry also updated Meghan Markle’s eternity ring by the birthstones of Prince Harry and Archie, suggesting he wanted to make a piece of jewellery more symbolic and meaningful.