31 May 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Maltese Circlet (Bandeau Setting)

Queen Sonja wears the Maltese Circlet (Photo: Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

Queen Sonja of Norway wears the bandeau setting of the Maltese Circlet at the American-Scandinavian Gala Dinner in New York, 15 Oct 2002


The Delhi Durbar Tiara

The Delhi Durbar Tiara (Photo: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

Let’s wrap up May with a look at one of the crowning achievements of Queen Mary's impressive collection: the tiara she had created for the Delhi Durbar in 1911.


30 May 2016

The Daily Diadem: Princess Astrid's Diamond Aigrette

Princess Astrid wears her diamond aigrette (Photo: Hakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Astrid of Norway wears her diamond aigrette during a state visit from Brazil, 13 Sep 2007


A Queen Letizia Earring Update!

Queen Letizia attends the opening of the Madrid Book Fair (Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Time to check back in with Queen Letizia of Spain, who has been doing some serious earring-wearring this weekend in Madrid.


The Savoy-Aosta Emerald Necklace

Princess Astrid wears the diamond and emerald necklace (Photo: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Astrid of Belgium will never be queen, but she has worn several pieces of jewelry that are absolutely fit for a monarch. Today we're looking at one of the grandest: the diamond and emerald necklace that belongs to her mother-in-law, Margherita.


29 May 2016

The Daily Diadem: Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara

Queen Sonja wears Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara (Photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Queen Sonja of Norway wears Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara at the wedding of her daughter, Princess Martha Louise, 24 May 2002



Kate's Jewelry Box: The Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

The Duchess of Cambridge wears her engagement ring (Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

When Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton in November 2010, his new bride-to-be emerged wearing a very familiar piece of jewelry: the sapphire and diamond cluster engagement ring that had belonged to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.


28 May 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Swedish Aquamarine Bandeau

Princess Madeleine wears the Swedish Aquamarine Bandeau (Photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Princess Madeleine of Sweden wears her small diamond and aquamarine bandeau at the wedding of Princess Martha Louise of Norway, 24 May 2002



Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara

Princess Benedikte wears the Star and Pearl Tiara (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The famous trio of Danish royal sisters -- Queen Margrethe II, Princess Benedikte, and Queen Anne-Marie -- have an amazing collective stash of tiaras. Today's tiara, the elaborate and unusual Star and Pearl Tiara, belongs to the middle sister of the family, Princess Benedikte.


27 May 2016

Christening Jewels: Prince Oscar of Sweden

Christening of Prince Oscar of Sweden in Stockholm (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

This morning in Stockholm, the Swedish royals and their guests attended the christening of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel's baby son, Prince Oscar. Here's a look at some of the jewelry we saw on display.


The Daily Diadem: The Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara

Crown Princess Victoria wears the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara (Photo: Sion Touhig/Getty Images)

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara at the wedding of Princess Martha Louise of Norway, 24 May 2002



This Week in Royal Jewels: May 20-26


May 20-26, 2016

A brand-new brooch, a pair of tiaras, and statement earrings galore this week -- be sure to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


Photo: ROLF VENNENBERND/AFP/Getty Images

10. Queen Silvia of Sweden visited her native Germany this week. During a visit to Dusseldorf on Tuesday, she wore a set of diamond and gold jewelry, including a modern brooch.


26 May 2016

Details of Tomorrow's Swedish Royal Christening

Prince Oscar of Sweden appears with his parents, sister, and aunts and uncles on his grandfather's 70th birthday (Photo: MAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images)

On Friday morning in Stockholm, the Swedish royals will gather at the Royal Palace for the christening of Prince Oscar, the son of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel. Here are some of the details we learned today ahead of the event...


The Daily Diadem: The Baden Palmette Tiara

Queen Margrethe II wears the Baden Palmette Tiara (Photo: Sion Touhig/Getty Images)

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Baden Palmette Tiara at the wedding of Princess Martha Louise of Norway, 24 May 2002



Camilla's Claddagh in Donegal

Charles and Camilla visit Ireland (Photo: Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Following a two-day visit to Northern Ireland this week, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall popped across the border on Wednesday for a day trip to Donegal, where Camilla wore a very appropriately Irish piece of jewelry.


Jewel History: The Czar's Costly Jewels (1896)

Laurits Tuxen's painting of Nicholas II's coronation (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

"The Czar's Costly Jewels"
(originally appeared in the New York Times on 26 May 1896)

Moscow, May 25 -- At 3:15 PM today the gorgeous regalia, which will be used at the ceremony tomorrow [1], was transferred with great pomp from the Treasury to the throne room, the hall of St. Andrew, in the Kremlin Palace [2].


25 May 2016

Caption This!: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

Photo: ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images

Caption This: Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attends an event at a non-profit organization in The Hague on May 25, 2016



The Daily Diadem: The Floral Birthday Tiara

Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wears her mother's Floral Birthday Tiara (Photo: Sion Touhig/Getty Images)

Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, daughter of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, wears her mother's Floral Birthday Tiara at the wedding of Princess Martha Louise of Norway, 24 May 2002



Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara

Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

For royal jewel lovers, there are few things better than the sudden, surprise reappearance of a jewel that has been hidden away from public view for decades. One of the biggest of these surprises was the reemergence of one of the most impressive diadems belonging to the former royal family of Greece: the diamond tiara of Queen Sophie of the Hellenes.


24 May 2016

A New Brooch for Queen Elizabeth?

Queen Elizabeth II attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace (Photo: John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Today another garden party was held at Buckingham Palace with several members of the royal family in attendance. By far, the most exciting jewelry story from the party is a possible brand-new brooch for Queen Elizabeth II!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara (Small Setting)

Princess Martha Louise wears Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara (Photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Princess Martha Louise of Norway wears the small setting of the replica of Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara on her wedding day, 24 May 2002



Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace

Queen Elizabeth II wears Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Happy birthday, Queen Victoria! Today, the iconic nineteenth-century monarch would have turned a spry 197 years old. To help her celebrate, here's a look at one of her jewels that is still worn regularly today: her Golden Jubilee Necklace. But although the piece has had an important, glittering royal history, its origins are muddled in political infighting and gossip. Scandalous!


23 May 2016

Baubles and Blooms at the Chelsea Flower Show

The Queen opens the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Windsors were out en masse this afternoon at the Chelsea Flower Show, which was officially inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II.


The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Daisy Bandeau

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wears the Diamond Daisy Bandeau (Photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears her wedding tiara, the Diamond Daisy Bandeau, at the wedding of her sister-in-law, Princess Martha Louise of Norway, 24 May 2002



The Diamond Maple Leaf Brooch

Queen Elizabeth II wears her diamond maple leaf brooch (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Happy Victoria Day to our Canadian friends! For those of you who aren't residents of (most of) Canada: Victoria Day is a Canadian federal holiday that celebrates both Queen Victoria's birthday (which is actually Tuesday) and the official Canadian birthday of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. To mark the occasion, we're taking a look at one of the Queen's most Canadian pieces of jewelry: her diamond maple leaf brooch.


22 May 2016

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maxima's Wedding Tiara

Queen Maxima wears her wedding tiara (Photo: Sion Touhig/Getty Images)

Queen (then Princess) Maxima of the Netherlands wears her wedding tiara at the wedding of Princess Martha Louise of Norway, 23 May 2002



Prince of Wales Feathers for Camilla

Camilla attends a garden party at Buckingham Palace (Photo: Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

At Thursday's garden party at Buckingham Palace, the Duchess of Cornwall wore a small brooch with a big symbolic impact.


Kate's Jewelry Box: The Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings

Kate wears the earrings at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Photo: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

Among the heirloom royal jewels that the Duchess of Cambridge has worn, the sapphire and diamond fringe earrings that belonged to the late Queen Mother are among my absolute favorites. The earrings somehow manage to be classic and fun all at the same time.


21 May 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Aquamarine Tiara

Queen Maxima wears the Dutch Aquamarine Tiara (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Queen (then Princess) Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Aquamarine Tiara at the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco, 2 July 2011



Maxima in Pearls to Christen a Cruise Ship

Queen Maxima christens a ship in Rotterdam (Photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

On Friday, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands traveled to Rotterdam to christen a new cruise ship, the MS Koningsdam.


The Nine Provinces Tiara

Queen Fabiola wears the Nine Provinces Tiara (Photo: Ted West/Central Press/Getty Images)

For a royal house that has reigned over a country for more than a century, the Belgian royal family has a surprisingly small number of tiaras in their vaults. There are several reasons for this -- pieces have been sold, inherited by women who married into other families, etc. -- but the family has managed to hang on to one of their sparkliest heirloom pieces: the Nine Provinces Tiara, which is worn by the nation's queen.


20 May 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara

Queen Maxima wears the Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara (Photo: Peter Dejong - Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara at the inauguration of her husband, King Willem-Alexander, 30 April 2013



This Week in Royal Jewels: May 13-19


May 13-19, 2016

Multiple tiaras and the appearance of a genuine crown jewel this week! Be sure to vote for your favorites in the poll below...


Photo: KOEN VAN WEEL/AFP/Getty Images

10. On her birthday, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wore diamonds and multicolored pearls at a foundation congress in The Hague.

19 May 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara

Queen Maxima wears the Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, 13 June 2015



State Opening of Parliament: May 2016

The Queen at the State Opening of Parliament (Photo: Justin Tallis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It's that time of year again, everybody: yesterday, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom officially opened parliament, which means glittering jewels galore! Here's a look at some of the pieces we saw on display.


18 May 2016

State Visit Jewels: Jordanians Visit Belgium

State banquet in Belgium for the Jordanian king and queen (Photo: THIERRY ROGE/AFP/Getty Images)

To quote myself from back in the days of Mad Hattery, we've got a tiara alert on our hands today! King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan began a state visit to Belgium today, which means we had both arrival jewels and glittering state banquet tiaras.


The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Peacock Tiara

Queen Maxima wears the Ruby Peacock Tiara (Photo: ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen (then Princess) Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Ruby Peacock Tiara during a state visit to Oman, 10 January 2012



On the Block: Tiara Sale Results!

Tiaras sold at Sotheby's (Photo: Sotheby's)

Yesterday, I introduced you to four tiaras for sale at Sotheby's. Here's an update on the final auction prices...

Jewel History: Gifts to Royal Bride (1906)

Philip de Laszlo's portrait of Queen Ena of Spain (Image: Grand Ladies Site)

"Gifts to Royal Bride"
(originally appeared in the Washington Post on 18 May 1906)

London, May 17 -- Princess Henry of Battenberg [1] invited a large company to Kensington Palace today to inspect the hundreds of lovely wedding presents given to her daughter Ena [2]. The gifts were arranged on long tables around a large reception room. The jewels were shown in glass-topped cases. Princess Henry and Princess Ena stood in the center of the room, and were indefatigable in conducting their guests around and pointing out the most interesting things.


17 May 2016

National Day in Norway

Norway's royals celebrate National Day (Photo: Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

The Norwegian royal family led the country in celebrating National Day on Tuesday. Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra, and Prince Sverre Magnus kicked off the celebrations in Asker.


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara (Pearl Setting)

Queen Maxima wears the pearl setting of the Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara (Photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Queen (then Princess) Maxima of the Netherlands wears the pearl setting of the Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara during a state visit from Switzerland, 24 May 2004



Maxima Celebrates a Diamond-Studded Birthday

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attends a congress fr the Pension Federation (Photo: KOEN VAN WEEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Happy birthday to Queen Maxima of the Netherlands! The Dutch queen, who turns 45 today, celebrated by marking the fifth anniversary of the Pension Federation in The Hague.


Crown Princess Mary Attends Women Deliver Conference

Crown Princess Mary supports the Women Deliver conference (Photo: Schiller Graphics/Getty Images)

Crown Princess Mary is in Copenhagen this week supporting the Women Deliver conference. According to Women Deliver, they're "a global nonprofit organization advocating for better health, rights and well-being of girls and women worldwide" -- definitely a great cause for royal patronage!


On the Block: Tiaras at Sotheby's

One of the tiaras being sold at Sotheby's (Photo: Sotheby's)

Today in Geneva, Sotheby's will be offering four tiaras as a part of their Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale. Here's a look at each of the pieces...


16 May 2016

Kate Wears Sapphires to Launch Heads Together

William, Kate, and Harry launch the Head Together campaign (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge teamed up with Prince Harry on Monday to launch "Heads Together," a campaign to raise awareness and support for mental health issues.


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Diamond Bandeau

Queen Maxima wears the Dutch Diamond Bandeau (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Queen (then Princess) Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Diamond Bandeau at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden in 2010



Birthday Jewels: Celebrating the Queen's 90th at Windsor

The Queen applauds during a show celebrating her 90th birthday at Windsor (Photo: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The 90th birthday celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom rolled on this weekend with an equestrian extravaganza at Windsor on Sunday evening.


15 May 2016

The Daily Diadem: Queen Rania's Diamond Tiara

Queen Rania of Jordan wears her diamond tiara (Photo: TIM OCKENDEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Rania of Jordan wears her diamond tiara at a state banquet at Windsor Castle, 6 November 2001