20 March 2018

Jewel History: Beautiful Women and Beautiful Jewels (1918)

Princess Catherine Radziwill, ca. 1910

"Beautiful Women and Beautiful Jewels"
(originally appeared in the Evening Public Ledger, 2 March 1918)

By the Princess Radziwill [1] -- The Russian court was always famous in the old days, when it existed, for the number of pretty women at its balls and festivities, as well as for the quantity of magnificent jewels which they wore. At present, owing to the events which have taken place during the last four years [2], a great many of these historical parures have been sold or otherwise disposed of, and it might be interesting to recall the memories of the splendid jewels and lovely women who made the festivity at the Winter Palace so brilliant.

19 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Miriam's Diamond Floral Tiara

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Miriam of Bulgaria, daughter-in-law of the country's last king, wears a diamond floral tiara with a suite of coral jewels for the Danish crown princely wedding, May 2004; the provenance of the tiara is unknown, and I think it's possible that the tiara (and maybe the entire suite of jewels, as the earrings appear to share some design commonalities with the tiara) was a loan for the occasion

A Royal Wedding Tiara in Lima


On Friday, Christian of Hanover, son of the pretender to the Hanoverian throne, married Alessandra de Osma in a religious ceremony at the San Pedro Basilica in Lima, Peru. The wedding may have been far from Germany, but the family brought one of their heirloom tiaras along for the occasion. Here's a look at the jewels of this almost-royal wedding.

18 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Mary's Edwardian Tiara


Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears her convertible Edwardian Tiara at the 80th birthday celebrations for King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, May 2017; more on the tiara here!

The Queen Mother's Rock Crystal Brooch

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Really good royal brooches stand the test of time -- they look as good and as fresh when worn today as they did nearly a century ago. Today's brooch, the Queen Mother's Rock Crystal Brooch, fits that description perfectly.