31 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Princess Birgitta's Pearl Circle Tiara

Princess Birgitta's Pearl Circle Tiara (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Désirée von Bohlen und Halbach, daughter of Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern, wears the pearl circle tiara that once belonged to her mother at the wedding of her cousin, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 8 June 2013


Bejeweled Close-Ups: The Habsburg Peridot Parure

Joan Rivers wears the Habsburg Peridots in 2004 (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

As August draws to a close, let's have an up-close and personal look at the gemstones from one of the world's most magnificent suites of peridot jewels: the Habsburg Peridots. For the tumultuous ownership history of the set, read our earlier article over here. The super-close images below of the necklace and earrings are from the set's 2004 outing at the Golden Globes. Enjoy!

30 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Turquoise Tiara

The Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Turquoise Tiara (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha wears the tiara from the family's turquoise and diamond parure at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 8 June 2013


Tiara Timeline: Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet

Detail, Winterhalter's 1842 portrait of Queen Victoria (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Tiara Timeline: Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet

With this weekend's stunning news about the small diamond and sapphire coronet owned by Queen Victoria, I thought it was time for us to dust off the old tiara timelines. Let's have a look at the history of this remarkable piece, shall we?



The Albert Brooch (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

1840: Queen Victoria marries her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Albert presents her with a large sapphire and diamond cluster brooch (usually now simply called the "Albert Brooch") on the night before their wedding. She wears the brooch on her wedding day. (The brooch is still in the royal family's collection today, and it is worn frequently by the Queen.)


29 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Takamado Diamond and Pearl Tiara

The Takamado Diamond and Pearl Tiara (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The Princess Takamado wears a diamond and pearl tiara at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden in Stockholm, 8 June 2013


The Naasut Tiara

The Naasut Tiara (Photo: Danny Martindale/Getty Images)

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is one of the most interesting and artistic monarchs in Europe, and her jewelry is often as intriguing and modern as she is. Today we're focusing on one of the newer additions to Margrethe's royal jewel box: the set of jewelry given to her by the people of Greenland to mark her Ruby Jubilee. The Naasut tiara and earrings, which make up a tidy little demi-parure, are modern pieces of jewelry that are especially suited to this innovative queen.


28 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Princess Kako's Diamond Tiara

Princess Kako's Diamond Tiara (Photo: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Kako of Akishino, wearing a diamond tiara, leaves the imperial palace on her twentieth birthday, 29 December 2014


Kate's Jewelry Box: The Cambridge-Cornwall Charm Bracelet

The Cambridge-Cornwall Charm Bracelet (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

One of the simplest yet most sentimental pieces of jewelry in the Duchess of Cambridge's collection is a gold link bracelet with a single disc charm. The piece is thought to have been a gift to Kate from her stepmother-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall.


27 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Princess Mako's Diamond Tiara

Princess Mako's Diamond Tiara (Photo: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Mako of Akishino wears a diamond tiara for the official meeting with her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, at court on her twentieth birthday, 23 October 2011


Crown Princess Mary's Wedding Tiara

Crown Princess Mary's Wedding Tiara (Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/AFP/Getty Images)

Unlike many royal brides, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark's tiara debut wasn't on her wedding day. She'd already worn a grand tiara -- the diadem from the Danish Ruby Parure -- during her pre-wedding celebrations. Even so, she did wear a brand-new (to her) sparkler on her wedding day: a romantic, convertible diamond tiara.


26 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Meiji Tiara

The Meiji Tiara (Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

Empress Michiko of Japan wears the Meiji Tiara during a state visit from the royal family of Belgium, 22 October 1996


This Fortnight in Royal Jewels: August 12-25


August 12-25, 2016

We're deep in the summer jewel doldrums, but the Olympics and a few other royal engagements have given us a bit of casual bling. Vote for your favorites this week in the poll below!


Photo: ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images

10. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited YoungMinds, a charity in London dedicated to mental health support, on Thursday. Kate wore her daytime jewelry uniform: Kiki McDonough earrings (the "Lauren" pair), her usual rings, and her Cartier watch.


25 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Takamado Pearl Drop Tiara

The Takamado Pearl Drop Tiara (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The Princess Takamado wears a diamond and pearl drop tiara at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, 13 June 2015


Royal Jewel Rewind: Haakon and Mette-Marit's Wedding (2001)

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway on their wedding day (Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

It's hard to believe, but 2001 was a whole 15 years ago! Fifteen years ago today, Crown Prince Haakon of Norway married Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby in Oslo's cathedral. Here's a look at some of the jewels worn by the bride and her royal guests.


24 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Imperial Chrysanthemum Tiara

The Imperial Chrysanthemum Tiara (Photo: MAP/AFP/Getty Images)

Empress Michiko of Japan wears the Imperial Chrysanthemum Tiara during a state banquet in honor of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, 28 November 2005


Kate in Sapphires in Luton

Kate wears sapphire and diamond earrings in Luton (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

For a series of engagements in Luton this morning, the Duchess of Cambridge pulled out a familiar pair of earrings from her jewelry box: her sapphire and diamond cluster drops.


The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the Ruby Parure Tiara (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

When Denmark's crown princess attends glittering events like royal weddings, state banquets, or the annual New Year's courts, she often wears a distinctive tiara of rubies and diamonds. The tiara isn't only beautiful -- it has an amazing backstory that travels back two centuries to France and the extravagant imperial coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte.


23 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Japanese Crown Princely Wedding Tiara

The Japanese Crown Princely Wedding Tiara (Photo: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Crown Princess Masako of Japan wears the family's diamond scroll tiara, used by both of the most recent crown princely brides, on her wedding day in Tokyo, 9 June 1993


New Photos of Sweden's Littlest Prince

Prince Carl Philip and Prince Alexander of Sweden (Photo: Kate Gabor, The Royal Court, Sweden)

The christening of Prince Alexander of Sweden, the son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, is scheduled to take place in the chapel of Drottningholm Palace in Stockholm on September 9. Ahead of the christening date, the Swedish court has released two new pictures of baby Alexander and his parents.


New August Birthstone: The Spinel

A model holds a rare 17th-century Indian necklace with eleven spinel pendants (Photo: JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images)

August babies, you are in luck: you have a brand-new birthstone! In June, the Jewelers of America and the American Gem Trade Association announced that August would now have two birthstones: the traditional peridot and the spinel.

Spinels come in a variety of colors, but the most famous hue of all is red. These red spinels were long known as "balas rubies," and in fact, for centuries, spinels were regularly mistaken for rubies. The technology to distinguish between the two stones wasn't available until the 1700s.

Because of this, many of the great "rubies" in royal collections from centuries past were actually spinels. Today, we're looking at four of these great red stones, which are part of crown jewel collections from the UK to Iran and places in between.


22 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Japanese Honeysuckle Tiara

The Japanese Honeysuckle Tiara (Photo: SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Empress Michiko of Japan wears her diamond honeysuckle tiara for a dinner at Uppsala Castle in Sweden, 23 May 2007


Another VICTORIA Tiara Teaser


Thanks to the image above (which was tweeted by Dan McCulloch, producer of the upcoming ITV/PBS series Victoria), we've got yet another glimpse of a tiara used in the production.

Looks like this time we've got a version of the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, albeit sort of cut in half. I know I don't need to tell dedicated readers why this made me smile a little, but quickly: Queen Victoria never owned this tiara. It was made as a wedding present for Queen Mary in 1893, and only two royal women -- Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II -- have ever worn it in public.


Jewel History: Princess Christian's Silver Wedding Tiara (1891)

Princess Christian (Photo: Grand Ladies Site)

"London Gossip"
(originally appeared in the Taranaki Herald, 18 Sep 1891)

At Cumberland Lodge [1], the residence of Prince and Princess Christian [2], the silver wedding presents were impressively displayed in several of the best rooms. There is nothing especially striking or even beautiful about the architecture of Cumberland Lodge, where "the Christians" have resided for the past sixteen years, and the restored portion (rebuilt after the fire of 1869) has evidently been erected with an eye to economy.


21 August 2016

Kate's Jewelry Box: The Amrapali Lapis Earrings

Kate wears the Amrapali Lapis Earrings in Mumbai (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Although many of the Duchess of Cambridge's earrings are small and delicate, she does have some major statement earrings in her collection. Today's pair, her lapis and diamond earrings from Amrapali, are some of the most colorful and interesting of her larger jewels.


20 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Marie Feodorovna's Diamond Fringe

Marie Feodorovna's Diamond Fringe (Image: Grand Ladies Site)

Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia (born Princess Dagmar of Denmark) wears her diamond fringe tiara with a kokoshnik backing in an 1882 portrait by Kramskoi


Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara

Princess Marie wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Since she officially became an HRH in 2008, Princess Marie of Denmark has worn precisely two tiaras. While she debuted the silver and amethyst Flora Danica Tiara in 2014, today's tiara, a diamond floral piece that has been in the family for several generations, is still the workhorse of her collection. From her wedding to the annual Danish New Year’s Courts to family celebrations, it’s been all floral all the time for Princess Marie.


19 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Alexandra Feodorovna's Emerald Tiara

Alexandra Feodorovna's Emerald Tiara (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia (born Princess Alix of Hesse) wears her emerald tiara, made by Sophia Schwan for Bolin, in a 1907 portrait by Bodarevsky


The Alexandrine Diamond Drop Tiara

Looking for the weekly jewel roundup? It's the summer slow season, so we're taking a week off. The top ten jewels of the past fortnight will be up next Friday!


The Alexandrine Diamond Drop Tiara (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

One of the perks of being a royal princess is that you often receive your very first tiara on your eighteenth birthday. Some of them are dinky (like Crown Princess Victoria’s birthday tiara), some are modern (like Princess Märtha Louise of Norway’s birthday tiara), and some, like this one, are historic family pieces. On her eighteenth birthday, Margrethe II of Denmark’s parents gave her this diamond drop tiara, which originally belonged to her grandmother, Queen Alexandrine.


18 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Elena Vladimirovna's Latticework Kokoshnik

Elena Vladimirovna's Latticework Kokoshnik (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (later Princess Nicholas of Greece and Denmark) wears a latticework kokoshnik as a part of her Russian imperial court dress, ca. 1898


Beatrice in Palma de Mallorca

Beatrice Borromeo in Palma de Mallorca (Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

The Spanish royals aren't the only ones who have been enjoying a holiday in Palma de Mallorca recently. Two members of the extended princely family of Monaco -- Pierre Casiraghi and his wife, Beatrice Borromeo -- have also been spending part of August in Spain. Today is Beatrice's birthday, and to celebrate, let's have a look at the jewelry she wore at the Copa del Rey Mapfre Sailing Cup Awards on August 6.


17 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Maria Alexandrovna's Diamond Fringe

Maria Alexandrovna's Diamond Fringe (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

The Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (born Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia) wears her diamond fringe tiara, ca. 1914


The Turquoise Daisy Bandeau

The Turquoise Daisy Bandeau (Photo: KELD NAVNTOFT/AFP/Getty Images)

As some of Europe's queens and queens consort are beginning to age, they frequently reach for smaller, lighter tiaras. In Denmark, Queen Margrethe II has begun to wear her small turquoise bandeau more often for state banquets and other diplomatic events that require a tiara.


16 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

The Vladimir Tiara (Photo: Grand Ladies Site)

Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia wears the Vladimir Tiara -- widowed and on a closed, coronet-style frame -- at a costume ball


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A Wedding Tiara for Eugenie?

Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie attend the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show (Photo: Heathcliff O'Malley - WP Pool/Getty Images)

Rumors are rife at the moment that an engagement announcement may be imminent for Princess Eugenie of York. Eugenie, who is eighth in line to the British throne, is an associate director at a London art gallery. She's been in a relationship with Jack Brooksbank, who runs a nightclub in London, for six years.

This weekend, Camilla Tominey broke the news that Eugenie is planning to move to a cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace ahead of a wedding to Jack in 2017. Though the Duchess of York swiftly denied the story, the move to KP has been widely reported, and Tominey has stood by her sources on the entire story.


15 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Marie Feodorovna's Sapphire Kokoshnik

Marie Feodorovna's Sapphire Kokoshnik (Image: Grand Ladies Site)

Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia wears a diamond and sapphire kokoshnik in a portrait by Konstantin Makovsky


Jewel History: Russian Art Show (1935)

Two Faberge Easter eggs on display at the 1935 Russian art exhibition in Belgrave Square (Photo: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

"Russian Art Show"
(originally appeared in the New Zealand Herald on 3 Aug 1935)

The last pathetic relics of the luxury and splendour with which the pre-war Russian aristocracy loved to surround itself were recently on view at No. 1 Belgrave Square -- just two doors away from the residence of the Duke and Duchess of Kent [1], writes a London correspondent. Because of her Tsarist ancestry [2], the Duchess was called upon to perform the opening ceremony and make her first official speech in England since her marriage. This was one of the shortest on record. She simply smiled and said: "I have much pleasure in declaring the Exhibition open."


14 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Lady Astor's Tiara

Lady Astor's Tiara (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor wears her famous diamond tiara in a portrait, ca. 1917


Kate's Jewelry Box: The Oak Leaf Brooch

Kate wears the Oak Leaf Brooch (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The oak tree is an important symbol for the Middleton family, and oak leaves and acorns feature prominently in several pieces of the Duchess of Cambridge's jewelry. The most famous of her oak jewels are undoubtedly her wedding earrings, but she also has a gorgeous oak leaf and acorn brooch.


13 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Lady Lichfield's Bridal Tiara

Lady Lichfield's Bridal Tiara (Photo: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Leonora, Countess of Lichfield (nee Lady Leonora Grosvenor; she's a sister of the late 6th Duke of Westminster) wears a tiara at her wedding to the 5th Earl of Lichfield at Chester Cathedral, 8 March 1975


The Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara

The Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara (Photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)

In ancient Greece, victorious athletes (and poets -- hence "poet laureate"!) were crowned with wreaths of laurel leaves. Laurel wreaths have been Western cultural symbols of victory for centuries since, so it shouldn't be surprising that the wealthy and powerful have often commissioned their own diamond versions of laurel wreaths. The style is still so associated with ancient Greece that, in French, these tiaras are often called bandeaux à la grecque. Today, we're looking at the diamond laurel wreath tiara that belongs to the Dutch royal family.


12 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Lady Mountbatten's Pearl Tiara

Lady Mountbatten's Pearl Tiara (Photo: Edward Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)

Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma wears her pearl tiara (owned today by her daughter, Lady Pamela Hicks) at the Dominion Day dinner at the Canadian Women's Club in London, 21 February 1950


This Week in Royal Jewels: August 4-11


August 4-11, 2016

We've got a couple of sparkly, sporty jewels this week, plus a few unexpected catch-ups from last week. Be sure to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

10. Princess Anne is in Rio this week with the IOC and Team GB. On Friday, she wore a pair of simple gold stud earrings for the opening ceremony.


11 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Lady Mansfield's Tiara

Lady Mansfield (Photo: Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Pamela Murray, Countess of Mansfield wears a wreath tiara at the Royal Caledonian Ball, ca. 1957


Jewels on Film: Nepalese State Visit (1960)

King Mahendra of Nepal visits London in 1960 (Screencap source)

Today's clip, a bit of newsreel footage from the 1960 state visit from Nepal to the United Kingdom, is full of glitter from an evening at the opera house in Covent Garden.


10 August 2016

The Daily Diadem: Lady Bessborough's Tiara

Lady Bessborough (Photo: General Photographic Agency/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Roberte Ponsonby, Countess of Bessborough wears a tiara and coronation robes, ca. 1937


The Westminster Bagration Tiara

The Westminster Bagration Tiara (Photo: Wesley/Keystone/Getty Images)

There was a bit of shocking aristocratic news out of London yesterday: Gerald Grosvenor, the 6th Duke of Westminster, died suddenly at the age of 64. The Grosvenors are one of the richest families in Britain, and they have ties of friendship and family with the royal family. They also have a number of gorgeous tiaras in their family collection. Today we're honoring the memory of the late Duke by looking at one of the tiaras he purchased himself: a pink spinel and diamond tiara that was created in the world of imperial Russia.