30 November 2016

Spanish State Visit to Portugal: Day 2 (Porto and Lisbon)

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attend a gala dinner in Lisbon (Photo: ANTONIO COTRIM/AFP/Getty Images)

The Spanish state visit to Portugal continued on Tuesday with engagements in Porto and a glittering gala in Lisbon.


The Daily Diadem: Catherine Pavlovna's Diamond Tiara

Catherine Pavlovna's Diamond Tiara (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Grand Duchess Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, wife of King William I of W├╝rttemberg, is depicted wearing a diamond tiara in a portrait


Belgian-Dutch State Visit: Concert and Utrecht Visit

Maxima and Mathilde in Utrecht (Photo: OLAF KRAAK/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde are in Utrecht today for the final day of the Belgian state visit to the Netherlands. We've got plenty of photos of today's daytime jewels later in the post, but let's kick things off with a view of last night's concert jewels.


The Antique Corsage Tiara

The Antique Corsage Tiara (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The vaults of the former Greek royal family are filled with heirloom jewels, but a number of the pieces they own today came from the Danish royal family through Queen Anne-Marie. Today's tiara, the Antique Corsage Tiara, was the first tiara she ever owned.

29 November 2016

Princess Alexandra Honored at Buckingham Palace

Princess Alexandra's patronages celebrated at Buckingham Palace (Photo: Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II held a reception at Buckingham Palace this evening in honor of her cousin, Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy. Alexandra turns 80 on Christmas Day, and this reception recognizes her decades of charitable work.


Belgian-Dutch State Visit: Non-Profits in Amsterdam and The Hague

Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde during the state visit (Photo: FRANK VAN BEEK/AFP/Getty Images)

To begin the second day of the Belgian state visit to the Netherlands, Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde stopped by non-profit organizations in Amsterdam and The Hague.


Spanish State Visit to Portugal: Arrivals and Banquet

State dinner in Portugal for King Felipe and Queen Letizia (Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

The Dutch and Belgian royals aren't the only ones state-visiting at the moment. King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain are on their first state visit to their neighboring Iberian nation, Portugal. Here's a look at the jewels (including a surprise tiara!) that we saw yesterday as the visit kicked off.


The Daily Diadem: The Teck Crescent Tiara

The Teck Crescent Tiara (Photo: Grand Ladies Site)

Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, Duchess of Teck wears the Teck Crescent Tiara in a portrait


Jewel History: Dazzling with Gems (1904)

View of the "Diamond Horseshoe" at the old Metropolitan Opera House, ca. 1938 (Photo: Keystone/Getty Images)

"Dazzling with Gems"
(originally appeared in the Washington Post, 27 Nov 1904)

New York, Nov. 26 -- Monday night brought one of the most brilliant premieres the opera ever saw in New York [1], and the parterre boxes were more the "glittering horseshoe" than ever, for the display of jewels was unequaled, and the lights, differently arranged this year from ever before, brought out the glitter of the gems and the tints of the frocks to the best advantage.

White reigned: far and away the great majority of women in the boxes were in white, and the few colored gowns served merely to accentuate the general snowdrift effect.


28 November 2016

Belgian-Dutch State Visit: State Banquet

State banquet at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam (Photo: ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The first day of the Belgian state visit to the Netherlands ended with a glittering state banquet at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. The best thing about an all-royal state visit? So many tiaras!


Belgian-Dutch State Visit: Arrival in Amsterdam

Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde in Amsterdam (Photo: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians are in the Netherlands for a three-day state visit this week! Queen Maxima and Queen Mathilde kicked off day one with a visit to a Flemish culture house in Amsterdam. Here's a look at what they wore.


The Daily Diadem: The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara (Photo: Grand Ladies Site)

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara (with its original pear-shaped pearl toppers) in a portrait


Royals Remember the Duke of Westminster

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at a memorial service for the Duke of Westminster (Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Several members of the royal family joined the Grosvenor family today at Chester Cathedral for a memorial service celebrating the life of the late 6th Duke of Westminster, who died in August.


Jewels on Film: The Crown (Season 1, Episode 6)


The coronation may be over on The Crown, but we've still got plenty of jewels and drama to dissect. Here's our bejeweled recap of episode six, "Gelignite" -- and catch up on our previous recaps here if you've missed any!


27 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sophie's Diamond Fringe Tiara

Queen Sophie's Diamond Fringe Tiara (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Queen Sophie of the Netherlands (born Sophie of W├╝rttemberg) wears a diamond fringe tiara in an 1839 portrait by Johann Michael Holder; the provenance/whereabouts of the tiara are not known


The Sunday Ring: The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond Ring

The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond Ring (Photo: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Sotheby's)

When you're one of the biggest movie stars in the world, and you're not even a teenager yet, you still need major jewels. Little Shirley Temple's jewelry box was already home to today's incredible blue diamond ring before she turned thirteen.


26 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Isenburg Floral Tiara

The Isenburg Floral Tiara (Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Sophie of Prussia (born Sophie of Isenburg) wears the Isenburg Floral Tiara on her wedding day in Potsdam, 27 August 2011


The Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara

The Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara (Photo: Stephen Hird/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Most of the sparkling tiaras worn by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom were legacies from queens and princesses past, but a few of them have been hand-picked or commissioned by the Queen herself. Today's tiara, the Brazilian Aquamarine, was ordered by the Queen as a part of an evolving parure of jewels.


25 November 2016

Royal Purple Amethysts for Queen Elizabeth

The Queen attends a service of thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh stopped by Westminster Abbey on Thursday for, strangely enough, a thanksgiving service (for the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award). And she wore a brooch with two centuries of royal history: one of the Kent amethysts.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara

Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Queen Sophie of the Hellenes wears her diamond tiara in a portrait


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Looking for our weekly jewel roundup? Never fear: we'll have a supersized fortnightly edition next Friday, so stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy today's sparkle...




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24 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Floral Tiara

The Spanish Floral Tiara (Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Spanish Floral Tiara at a gala dinner for the President of Argentina, 9 February 2009


Happy Thanksgiving!

The 2015 Nobels, our TCJ Thanksgiving Inspiration for 2016 (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Here in America, today is Thanksgiving, our annual festival of kindness, togetherness, giant balloon parades, football games, and overeating. To celebrate, I thought it was only fitting to bring a long-standing holiday tradition to the blog: going around the dinner table and telling everyone what we're thankful for. I'll start!

I'm thankful ... that the Nobel Prize Ceremony is coming up in a few weeks, with all its glittering splendor.

23 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara

The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The Countess of Wessex wears her convertible diamond and aquamarine tiara at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, 13 June 2015


Jewels on Film: The Crown (Season 1, Episode 5)


Our recap of the jewels of episode five of Netflix's The Crown is coming at you a day early, thanks to tomorrow's holiday here in America. I don't think you'll mind having it a bit early, though, because it's a sparkling one. Last episode was all about how fog obscures; this time, "Smoke and Mirrors" focuses on the way that monarchy conjures up magic.


22 November 2016

The Queen's Diamonds for Kate

Kate attends the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards (Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards at Mansion House in London this evening, and she brought some rather regal diamonds along with her.


The Daily Diadem: The Habsburg Fringe Tiara

The Habsburg Fringe Tiara (Photo: Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein wears the Habsburg Fringe Tiara at a dinner on the eve of the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, 29 April 2013


Queen Anne-Marie's Topaz Cluster Brooch

Queen Anne-Marie wears her topaz cluster brooch (Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Anne-Marie, the former Queen of Greece, has a jewel collection that any of us would envy. That's, in part, because she was born into one royal family and married into another. Today, we're looking at an heirloom that comes from her mother, Queen Ingrid of Denmark: the topaz cluster brooch.


21 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: Princess Sofia's Emerald Palmette Tiara

Princess Sofia's Emerald Palmette Tiara (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Princess Sofia of Sweden wears her Emerald Palmette Tiara at the Nobel Prize Banquet, 10 December 2015


Subtle Sparkle for Mary in Copenhagen

Crown Princess Mary opens the Mothers' Help House (Photo: OLAFUR STEINAR GESTSSON/AFP/Getty Images)

On Friday, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark officially opened the new Mothers' Help House in Copenhagen. The organization provides services for expectant mothers and families; Mary is their patron. Here's a look at the jewelry that Mary wore for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Jewels on Film: The Crown (Season 1, Episode 4)


Time for another installment of Netflix's The Crown, magpies! This will be a fairly quick recap, as there weren't many jewels featured in episode four. But that makes sense -- it's tough for anything to sparkle in a fog.


20 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Pink Topaz Tiara

Queen Sofia's Pink Topaz Tiara (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Queen Sofia of Sweden wears her pink topaz and diamond tiara in a portrait, ca. 1875
(There's been lots of speculation about this tiara's whereabouts. I defer to Trond Noren Isaksen's article on the piece!)


The Sunday Ring: Crown Princess Mary's Engagement Ring

Crown Princess Mary's Engagement Ring (Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

Some royal engagement rings are classic, some are simple, and some are over the top. But there's only one word that adequately captures the ring that Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark gave to Mary Donaldson: patriotic.


19 November 2016

Monaco's National Day Gala 2016

Monaco's National Day Gala 2016 (Photo: PLS Pool/Getty Images)

Time for a look at the evening glitter at the National Day Gala tonight in Monaco! We had three Grimaldi ladies in attendance, and each wore a bit of sparkle.


The Daily Diadem: The Khedive of Egypt Tiara

The Khedive of Egypt Tiara (Photo: Grand Ladies Site)

Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden wears the Khedive of Egypt Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1910


National Day Jewels in Monaco

Monaco's National Day 2016 (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The Grimaldis gathered today in Monaco to celebrate the principality's National Day, and we've got all the details on the jewels worn at the daytime events. Stay tuned later on for all the glittering jewels from tonight's opera gala, too!


The Dutch Diamond Bandeau

The Dutch Diamond Bandeau (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

It's one of the most stunning bandeaux in a royal collection today, but the diamond bandeau belonging to the Dutch royals wasn’t always a tiara. Let's delve into the history of this major diamond piece, shall we?


18 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara

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

Princess Lilian of Sweden wears the Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara at the Nobel Prize Banquet, 10 December 2003


This Week in Royal Jewels: November 11-17


November 11-17, 2016

Earrings and brooches are the focus in this week's jewel roundup. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


Photo: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

10. Princess Charlene of Monaco wore her Dior Tribales earrings on two occasions this week: Thursday's visit to the Red Cross in Monaco, and Saturday's trip to see South Africa's rugby team play in England.

17 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Cameo Tiara

The Cameo Tiara (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Queen Josefina of Sweden wears the Cameo Tiara in a portrait by Bertha Valerius, painted in the late nineteenth century


Auction Results: Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels

Catherine the Great's Diamond Bow Necklace (Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for Sotheby's)

Yesterday, Sotheby's auctioned off three pieces of jewelry that we've discussed recently here on the blog. Here's a look at the results of each sale...

Jewels on Film: The Crown (Season 1, Episode 3)


Our look at the jewels of the Netflix original series The Crown continues today with episode three, "Windsor." (If you missed either of our earlier recaps, click here and here!) This episode brings us more pearly uniforms, several real-life jewel replicas, and our very first look at the actual crown itself.


16 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara

The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara at the celebrations for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's Ruby Jubilee, 15 January 2012


On the Block: Countess Gunnila Bernadotte's Tiara

Countess Gunnila Bernadotte wears her diamond and pearl aigrette (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

We learned recently that a jewel that has appeared at various recent royal functions will soon be sold at auction. It's not a particularly surprising sale: the piece is the diamond and pearl aigrette that belonged to the late Countess Gunnila Bernadotte, widow of Count Carl Johan Bernadotte. Countess Gunnila died in September.


15 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: The Braganza Tiara

The Braganza Tiara (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Queen Victoria of Sweden wears the Braganza Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1900-10


Royal Jewel Rewind: The Tiaras of 2006

Dutch state visit to Belgium, June 2006 (Photo: Mark Renders/Getty Images)

Time for another trip in our bejeweled time machine, magpies. This time, we're setting a course for a decade ago, where we'll marvel at a number of the tiaras worn and displayed in 2006. Enjoy!


14 November 2016

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Tiara

Queen Sofia's Tiara (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Crown Princess (later Queen) Louise of Sweden wears Queen Sofia's Tiara, 1925


Dior for Charlene at Twickenham

Charlene and Harry watch rugby at Twickenham (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Charlene of Monaco popped over to England this weekend for Saturday's rugby union test match between England and South Africa. Charlene, who grew up in South Africa, joined a rather famous England supporter, Prince Harry, at Twickenham.


Jewels on Film: The Crown (Season 1, Episode 2)


Time for another installment of our jewelry recaps of Netflix's The Crown, everybody! In the second episode of the series, "Hyde Park Corner," the production has things to say about jewelry, uniforms, and power. (As always, feel free to discuss this episode below, but avoid spoilers for future episodes!)