27 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Marichalar Meander Tiara

The Marichalar Meander Tiara (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo wears the Marichalar Meander Tiara at the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in Copenhagen, 14 May 2004

Princess Charlene's Ocean Tiara on Display

Photo used with the kind permission of reader Suzanne.

If you are in Singapore or will be visiting over the next few months, here's a heads up: Princess Charlene's Ocean Tiara is on display! Lovely reader Suzanne e-mailed me with details about the exhibition, "Van Cleef and Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems," where the tiara is being displayed. Here's a link to the official website of the exhibition for more; it runs until August 14.

Jewel History: Hiring Jewelry in London (1913)

Detail of Giovanni Boldini's 1911 portrait of Princess Marthe Bibesco (Image: Grand Ladies Site)

"Hiring Jewelry in London"
(originally appeared in the Washington Post, 27 Jul 1913)

Jewels are rented by the day or night in London. This jewel renting is now the most popular thing in the way of acquiring "borrowed plumage" [1].

The renting of jewels started years ago, but has increased rapidly and is now at the height of its popularity. The fact that jewels can be rented is just being discovered by those of the great "middle class," who are hastening to take advantage of it. Already the poor but haughty lady of rank who wished to keep the world from knowing her real financial condition has learned the secrets of this borrowed finery.

26 July 2016

Flower Power for Queen Letizia

Queen Letizia attends the XXV FEDEPE Awards Ceremony (Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Queen Letizia of Spain's love for floral earrings just keeps getting stronger, as demonstrated by the lovely baubles she wore today at the XXV FEDEPE Awards Ceremony in Madrid.

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Shell Tiara

The Mellerio Shell Tiara (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Mellerio Shell Tiara at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in Stockholm, 19 June 2010