31 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Floral Tiara

The Spanish Floral Tiara (Photo: Jose Luis Cuesta-Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Letizia of Spain wears the Spanish Floral Tiara at a gala dinner for the President of Chile, 29 October 2014


Kate's Jewelry Box: The Beaut Eva Earrings

Kate wears the Eva earrings by Beaut (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Many of the earrings that the Duchess of Cambridge wears for evening events -- like the Queen Mother's sapphire fringe earrings, the Queen's diamond chandelier earrings, or her own diamond and emerald earrings -- are set with precious stones. But today's earrings, the "Eva" earrings from a brand called Beaut, are affordable pieces that many could add to their personal collections.


30 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: Queen Ena's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara

Queen Ena's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara (Photo: Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Sofia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara -- aka "La Buena" -- at a state banquet in Madrid for the President of Mexico, 9 June 2014


Princess Claire's Pearl and Diamond Tiara

Princess Claire's Pearl and Diamond Tiara (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The Belgian royal family's tiara collection is quite small when compared to that of some of their royal relatives and neighbors, but in recent years a few important additions have been made to the vaults. Today's tiara, the pearl and diamond sparkler that belongs to Princess Claire, is one of those jewels.


29 July 2016

Jewels on Film: The Wedding of the Century

July 29, 1981: Marriage of Charles and Diana at St. Paul's Cathedral (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

It may be difficult to believe it, but it's been 35 years since Lady Diana Spencer walked up the aisle of St. Paul's Cathedral to marry the Prince of Wales. You can relive their iconic royal wedding in Charles and Diana: The Wedding of the Century, which was produced by ITV for the 30th anniversary in 2011. Enjoy!


The Daily Diadem: The Niarchos Ruby Tiara

The Niarchos Ruby Tiara (Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Niarchos Ruby Tiara at a state banquet in Madrid for President Sarkozy of France, 27 April 2009


This Week in Royal Jewels: July 22-28


July 22-28, 2016

We've got earrings galore, plus a few glittering surprises, in this week's jewel roundup. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


Photo: Henry Browne - WPA Pool/Getty Images

10. The Duchess of Cambridge wore her Kiki McDonough "Lauren" earrings in Portsmouth on Sunday. See more images, plus a great close-up, over here!


28 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Loop Tiara

The Cartier Loop Tiara (Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Cartier Loop Tiara at a gala dinner for the King of Saudi Arabia, 18 June 2007


The Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara

The Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara (Photo: Handout/Getty Images)

They may live in one of the tiniest countries in Europe, but the grand ducal family of Luxembourg has a jewelry vault that is absolutely enormous. Today, we're looking at one of their two diamond floral tiaras: the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara.


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


Royal Ruby Necklaces

Queen Sofia of Spain wears pieces from her ruby suite (Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Pool/Getty Images)

Here in my corner of the United States, July is drawing to a hot and muggy close. To help brighten things up, let's have another look at more royals wearing July's birthstone -- this time, in necklace form!


25 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara

Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara (Photo: JEAN-PIERRE MULLER/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Sofia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara during a Japanese state visit, 10 October 1994


Dripping Diamonds for Charlene at the Red Cross Gala

Albert and Charlene attend the Red Cross Gala (Photo: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the 68th annual Red Cross Gala on Saturday, and Charlene brought some major sparkle with her to the event.


24 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Tiara

The Prussian Tiara (Photo: Rogelio Pinate-Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Letizia of Spain (then the Princess of Asturias) wears the Prussian Tiara in Madrid at a state banquet for President Sarkozy of France, 27 April 2009


Kiki for Kate in Portsmouth

Kate visits the Land Rover BAR boat shed (Photo: Henry Browne - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were in Portsmouth this morning, visiting the Land Rover BAR boat shed at the America's Cup World Series. Kate wore a familiar pair of earrings for the visit: her Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings.


Kate's Jewelry Box: Diamond and Sapphire Cluster Drop Earrings

Kate's sapphire and diamond cluster drop earrings (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge is rarely seen out and about in public without a pair of earrings. Today, we're looking at one of the staples of her collection: her diamond and sapphire cluster drop earrings.


23 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik

Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik (Photo: Lewis Whyld /WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik at a state banquet for President Jacob Zuma of South Africa at Buckingham Palace, 3 March 2010


The Kent Pearl Festoon Tiara

The Kent Pearl Festoon Tiara (Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Today’s tiara comes from the collection of the (arguably) most royal of all the branches of the Windsor family: the Kents. This is the diamond and pearl festoon tiara that once belonged to Princess Marina.


22 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik

The Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Princess Madeleine of Sweden wears the family's aquamarine kokoshnik at the Nobel Prize banquet, 10 December 2015


This Week in Royal Jewels: July 15-21


July 15-21, 2016

Earrings and brooches stole the show this week. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in our weekly poll!


Photo: Luca V. Teuchmann/Getty Images

10. For the annual summer portrait session at Grasten, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore a variety of jewels, including pearl drop earrings and a love bracelet by Cartier. (See more photos of her jewels from the portraits here.)


21 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Romanian Greek Key Tiara

The Romanian Greek Key Tiara (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Grand Duchess Viktoria Feodorovna of Russia (nee Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh) wears the Romanian Greek Key Tiara in its original form -- affixed to a fabric kokoshnik -- in a portrait, ca. 1913


Letizia Makes an Even Bigger (Earring) Statement

Letizia attends the National Fashion Awards (Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

I'm not sure I thought it was possible for Queen Letizia to wear an even larger pair of statement earrings, but here we are!


Princess Claire's Wedding Tiara

Princess Claire's Wedding Tiara (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Happy National Day to all of our lovely readers from Belgium! Today is the annual celebration of the inauguration of King Leopold I in 1831. To help add some glitter to the day, we're looking at one of the family's most delicate, lovely tiaras: the diamond diadem worn by Princess Claire at her wedding to Prince Laurent.


20 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Sapphire Kokoshnik

The Vladimir Sapphire Kokoshnik (Photo: Grand Ladies Site)

Queen Marie of Romania wears the Vladimir Sapphire Kokoshnik in a portrait, ca. 1920s


Another Outing for the Graving Dock Diamonds

The Queen with the Hurleys at Buckingham Palace (Photo: Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II held a private audience at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday with David Hurley, the Governor of New South Wales, and his wife, Linda. For the audience, we had another outing of a brooch worn recently: the Graving Dock Diamonds Brooch.


The Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara

The Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the most unusual tiaras in any royal collection is today's topic of discussion: the Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara. The sparkler, which belongs personally to Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, has a lengthy and interesting history within the Bernadotte family.


19 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Milford Haven Ruby Kokoshnik

The Milford Haven Ruby Kokoshnik (Photo: INTERPRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

The diamond and ruby kokoshnik that once belonged to Nada Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven is displayed at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, March 2004


Jewel History: Lady and the Beetle (1899)

Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies wears her Ruby Dragonfly Tiara (Photo: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

"Lady and the Beetle"
(originally appeared in the Washington Post on 16 Jul 1899)

"Have you the latest things in kissing bugs?" inquired a smart young woman of a downtown importer of fads and fancies in jewelry. The jeweler did not smile. He did not even look surprised. The bug habit has reached such colossal proportions by this time that he is prepared for almost anything. At this season the Washington girl who does not wear a yellow dragonfly, a pink mosquito, or a green and grinning lizard is considered woozy by her fair feminine friends.


18 July 2016

The Tiarapedia Returns!

The Vladimir Tiara (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

I've been getting questions for months about the fate of the Tiarapedia -- the original encyclopedic roster of royal tiaras that began way back in 2008 at Mad Hattery. And, surprise: it's back!

I'm rebuilding the index of currently-worn royal tiaras here at The Court Jeweller. You can find a link to the new Tiarapedia up in the navigation bar at the top of the blog. You can also access the new Tiarapedia from tiarapedia.com!

So far, the new page on the tiaras of the Belgian royal family is already up, complete with new close-up pictures, historical information, and links to the full article on each piece here at the blog. Head on over, peruse, and enjoy! I'll be adding new pages regularly. :-)


The Daily Diadem: Grand Duchess Ella's Emerald Kokoshnik

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia wears a kokoshnik studded with emeralds -- which were later set in the Yugoslavian Emerald Kokoshnik -- in a portrait, ca. 1897


Margrethe and Mary Shine at Grasten

The Danes gather for their annual summer portraits (Photo: Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

The Danish royal family held their annual portrait session at Grasten Castle on Friday. Although the group was slimmed down a bit -- Joachim and Marie's family did not attend -- we still got to see a bit of sparkle on display.


17 July 2016

Bits and Baubles: Sunday, July 17

Camilla visits the BFG Dream Jar Trail (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Time for this week's bonus royal photos! Enjoy!

The Daily Diadem: The King Edward VII Ruby Tiara

Queen Silvia wears the King Edward VII Ruby Tiara (Photo: EPA-Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the King Edward VII Ruby Tiara during a state visit to Japan, 26 Mar 2007


Camilla's Most Magnificent Necklaces

The Duchess of Cornwall at CHOGM in Uganda in 2007 (Photo: Pool/Getty Images)

Happy birthday to the Duchess of Cornwall! Camilla turns 69 years young today, and to celebrate, we're looking at some of the most amazing necklaces she's worn so far during her tenure as a Windsor.

16 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Oriental Circlet

The Queen Mother wears the Oriental Circlet (Photo: Terry Disney/Express/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wears the Oriental Circlet to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, November 1964


Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara

Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara (Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

When you first dig into the history of the Scandinavian royal families, one of the first things you notice is the plethora of empresses, queens, and princesses named "Josephine" in the family tree. Because of that, there are many opportunities to confuse the royal Josephines with their various tiaras. But the Josephine associated with this lovely diamond tiara is clear: it comes from Queen Josefina of Sweden and Norway (née Princess Joséphine of Leuchtenberg), the wife of King Oscar I and the granddaughter of another famous Josephine (that would be Napoleon’s Empress Joséphine). So many Josephines!


15 July 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Dragonfly Tiara

Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies wears the Ruby Dragonfly Tiara (Photo: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies wears the Ruby Dragonfly Tiara at the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco, 2 July 2011


This Week in Royal Jewels: July 8-14


July 8-14, 2016

The summer holidays are nearly here, but we still have some jewelry pieces to ooh and ahh over. Be sure to vote for your favorite in the poll below!


Photo: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images

10. While the media was reporting -- and the IHA was denying -- rumors that Emperor Akihito of Japan was considering abdication, he and Empress Michiko made a public appearance outside the imperial villa in Hayama. Michiko wore a long necklace and a really interesting pair of statement earrings.

14 July 2016

Elizabeth Taylor's Bulgari Jewels on Show

Elizabeth Taylor wears a Bulgari brooch, ca. 1959 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

If you're in London this weekend, you owe it to yourself to drop in at Bulgari's flagship in New Bond Street, where the firm is displaying several pieces of jewelry owned by the late Elizabeth Taylor.


The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara

Queen Juliana wears the Mellerio Ruby Tiara (Photo: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears the Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara in a formal portrait, 10 February 1976


The Processional Jewels

Crown Princess Victoria wears the Processional Jewels (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Happy Victoriadagen, everyone! Today is Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden's birthday, and to celebrate, we're looking at one of my favorite pieces of Swedish royal jewelry: a necklace that the family calls the "Processional Jewels."


13 July 2016

A Busy, Bejeweled Day for Queen Elizabeth

The Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen, and the Duke of Cambridge at the EAAA base (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

It's a big day for Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom -- she met her thirteenth prime minister at Buckingham Palace. But before venturing back to London to handle that bit of government business, she and the Duke of Edinburgh toured the new East Anglia Air Ambulance base at Cambridge Airport. A special employee -- their grandson, the Duke of Cambridge -- was on hand to show them around.


The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara

Anne-Marie wears the Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Anne-Marie of Greece wears the Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, 19 June 2010