14 December 2017

Jewel History: Royal Wedding Presents (1900)

"Royal Wedding Presents"
(originally appeared in Cassel's Magazine, Jun-Nov 1900)

Although there is a great family resemblance between the wedding presents given to Royal personages, there are, nevertheless, distinctive features among them, suggested sometimes by the known tastes of the couple about to enter the holy bonds of matrimony, by the circumstances of the time, the nationality of the bride or bridegroom, and the fashions just then prevalent. These presents, too, have greatly increased in number of late years among all classes, as many of us know to our cost; and something depends on the time that has elapsed since the last similar occasion.

13 December 2017

The Daily Diadem: Victoria Melita's Diamond Kokoshnik

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Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia (born Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh; previously Grand Duchess of Hesse and by Rhine) wears an elaborate diamond kokoshnik in a portrait; the top portion of the tiara was later worn as a necklace by her daughter, Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna, on her wedding day

Even More Nobel Tiaras


We've talked about the royal tiaras worn at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Sunday, but we've still got a few tiaras from members of the royal household to discuss.

Award-Winning Jewels for Queen Mathilde

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians was in Duesseldorf on Friday for the German Sustainability Awards, where she was recognized with a prize. Even better -- she brought some major recycled diamonds and pearls along with her!

12 December 2017

The Daily Diadem: Elena Vladimirovna's Cartier Kokoshnik

Princess Nicholas of Greece and Denmark (born Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia) wears the diamond kokoshnik made for her by Cartier, ca. 1907; the tiara, made in 1902, was later inherited by her daughter, Princess Olga, but its current whereabouts are apparently unknown

Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 2, Episode 1)

It's that time again, magpies: season two of The Crown has officially debuted on Netflix, and I've got our first bejeweled recap of the new batch of episodes. (Going forward, we'll have recaps on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so look out for episode two on the 14th!) We've got jewelry, royal tours, and plenty of marital strife on the docket for today, so grab your popcorn and settle in for my recap of the jewels and history of "Misadventure."

Nobel Jewels 2017: King's Dinner Tiaras

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The tiara festivities for the annual Nobel Prizes in Stockholm continued on Monday with the King's Dinner. Here's a look at what the senior royal ladies wore for the event!

11 December 2017

Nobel Jewels 2017: Princess Christina

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It was absolutely wonderful to see Princess Christina, who recently battled cancer, return to the spotlight at this year's Nobel festivities. Here's a look at the jewels she wore.

The Daily Diadem: Grand Duchess Vladimir's Sapphire Tiara

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A young Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, wife of Grand Duke Vladimir, wears a diamond and sapphire tiara; gems from this tiara were later repurposed to create her sapphire kokoshnik

Nobel Jewels 2017: Princess Sofia

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For this year's Nobels, Princess Sofia put yet another new twist on an old favorite. Here's a look at the jewels she wore for the prize ceremony and banquet in Stockholm.

Nobel Jewels 2017: Princess Madeleine

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Princess Madeleine, who is expecting her third child, only attended one segment of the Nobel festivities this year in Stockholm -- the ceremony itself -- but we still got a good look at her jewels for the occasion.

10 December 2017

Nobel Jewels 2017: Queen Silvia

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Next up in our detailed recap of this year's Nobel jewels in Sweden: Queen Silvia, who did not surprise a single bit with her tiara choice!

Nobel Jewels 2017: Crown Princess Victoria

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, everybody -- the Nobel Prizes have arrived! Our jewelry coverage of the festivities in Sweden starts tonight with Crown Princess Victoria, who fulfilled one of my great jewelry dreams with her tiara choice.

The Daily Diadem: The Connaught Diamond Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden (born Silvia Sommerlath) wears the Connaught Diamond Tiara with the Russian Pink Topaz Suite at the Nobel Prize Banquet, December 2003; learn more about this important family tiara over here!

Jewels in Motion: Nobel Prize Ceremony (1953)

Today, our weekly Jewels in Motion post takes us back more than half a century, to the 1953 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm. This particular Nobel ceremony got major press attention because Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here's a peek at some of the sparkly ceremony -- in motion!

09 December 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Tiara

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Queen Louise of Sweden (then Crown Princess Louise; previously Lady Louise Mountbatten) wears Queen Sofia's Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1925; learn more about the tiara over here!

The Swedish Malachite Parure

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The Swedish royal jewel collection is enormous -- so vast, in fact, that a century ago the family decided to donate an entire parure of unusual royal jewels to a museum! Today, we've got a closer look at that set: the gold and malachite parure that originally belonged to Queen Desideria.

08 December 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara

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Queen Victoria of Sweden (born Princess Victoria of Baden) wears the Leuchtenberg Sapphires, her fringe tiara as a corsage ornament, and her large wedding brooch; see the sapphires up close over here!

This Week in Royal Jewels: December 1-7

December 1-7, 2017

We've got a little extra bling in this edition of our countdown of the best royal jewels of the week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!

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15. Meghan Markle's engagement ring was her only adornment as she and Prince Harry made a visit to Nottingham on Friday. (More over here!)

07 December 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Pink Topaz Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Sweden (born Princess Sophia of Nassau) wears her pink topaz tiara in a portrait, ca. 1875; the tiara, which Sofia bequeathed to a junior line of the Bernadotte family, was reportedly bought at some point by the Norwegian royals, though it has yet to appear in public

Nobel Jewel Predictions 2017

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Tis the season, everybody: time to register your predictions for the tiaras and jewels that will appear in Stockholm on Sunday for the annual Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet! Here's a refresher on last year's jewels -- and my predictions for 2017!

06 December 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Louise's Coronet

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Queen Louise of Sweden (born Princess Louise of the Netherlands) wears a coronet-style diamond diadem with her mother-in-law's diamond stomacher and the Karl Johan Earrings in a photographic portrait; the coronet's whereabouts appear to be unknown

Jewel History: Queens and Princesses Prize Their Engagement Rings (1934)

Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, 1936 (Wikimedia Commons)

"Queens and Princesses Prize Their Engagement Rings"
(originally appeared in the Winnipeg Tribune, 15 Dec 1934)

The marriage of Princess Marina [1] has sent delvers back into history for comparisons. One such has taken up the subject of the engagement rings of royalty, for royal women are just as much attached to these marks of betrothal as are girls in shops and offices and mills.

05 December 2017

First Look: Tiaras from Tonight's Diplomatic Reception

Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara, which was worn by the Duchess of Cambridge this evening

The British royals were at Buckingham Palace this evening for the annual diplomatic reception, and we've got pictures of both the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the event, tiaras and all.

The Daily Diadem: The Cameo Tiara

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Queen Josefina of Sweden (nee Princess Josephine of Leuchtenberg) wears the Cameo Tiara with pearls in a portrait by Frederic Westin, ca. 1837; see these magnificent cameos up close over here!

In Memoriam: King Michael of Romania

King Michael of Romania (Wikimedia Commons)

News came today that King Michael of Romania has died at his home in Switzerland. The last monarch of Romania was 96. Tomorrow, details about his funeral, which will take place in Bucharest, will be released. His daughter, Margarita, is Custodian of the Crown of Romania.

The Bernadotte Emeralds


The Swedish vaults are packed with colorful gemstones, including complete parures set with sapphires, amethysts, and aquamarines. The family also once owned an enormous parure of emerald jewels, but that left the family ages ago and now belongs to the Norwegian royals. Although the Swedish royals lost their major emerald parure, the collection does still include a number of emerald pieces, including a historic suite: the Bernadotte Emeralds.

04 December 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Desideria's Honeysuckle Tiara

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Queen Desideria of Sweden (born Desiree Clary) wears a diamond honeysuckle tiara in a portrait by Frederic Westin; information of the status of this tiara (including whether it really existed or was an artistic invention/interpretation) is difficult to come by

Royal Jewel Rewind: Nobel Prize Ceremony 2007


As we approach the Nobel Prize festivities this coming weekend, it's time to step back in our bejeweled time machine and marvel at the jewels worn by the Swedish royals to the Nobels a decade ago!

03 December 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Connaught Fringe Tiara

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The Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn (born Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia) wears her diamond fringe tiara, a wedding present from Queen Victoria, in a portrait, ca. 1907; learn more about the tiara's history over here!

Jewels in Motion: Opening of the Riksdag (1961)

Opening of the Riksdag, 1961 (screencapture)

Next week, we'll see the Swedish royal family gather for the Nobel Prize ceremonies, one of the most glittering court occasions of the years. But decades ago, the Bernadottes sparkled for another major occasion: the annual opening of parliament, which featured tiaras, court dress, and a speech from the monarch. Here's a look back to 1961 and the splendor of the old, majestic Riksdagens högtidliga öppnande -- in motion!

02 December 2017

The Daily Diadem: Empress Frederick's Diamond Shell Tiara

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Crown Princess Victoria of Prussia (born Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom, later Empress Frederick of Germany) wears her diamond shell tiara in a formal court portrait, ca. 1865; this is the coronet given to her as a wedding present by her husband's uncle and aunt, King Friedrich Wilhelm IV and Queen Elisabeth of Prussia, but its current whereabouts appear to be unknown

The Aosta Knots and Stars Tiara

Princess Claude wears the tiara (Wikimedia Commons)

When the heraldic emblem of your noble/royal family is a fancy knot, it should almost be required that you possess at least one tiara that features knots made of diamonds, don’t you think? The stars on this sparkler, which belongs to the Duke of Aosta (or Savoy, depending who you ask), are just the icing on the tiara cake.

01 December 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Clover Coronet

Empress Auguste Viktoria of Germany wears the Prussian Clover Coronet in a portrait, ca. 1913; learn more about this unusual diadem over here!

Jewels of Prince Gabriel's Christening


The Bernadottes gathered near Stockholm today for the christening of their littlest prince, Gabriel, at the chapel at Drottningholm Palace. Here's a look at the jewels we saw the senior royal ladies wear for the important family occasion.

Harry and Meghan Shine in Nottingham

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first royal appearance since their official engagement announcement this morning in Nottingham, and Meghan's diamond ring was one of the stars of the show.

This Fortnight in Royal Jewels: November 17-30

November 17-30, 2017

Time for a supersized, jam-packed royal jewel review, everybody! Enjoy loads of royal sparkle, and don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!

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25. The Princess Royal wore golden jewels at St. Giles Cathedral for a commemoration service honoring Dr. Elsie Ingles, the pioneering doctor who is credited with saving thousands of lives after setting up seventeen Scottish Woman's Hospitals across Europe during World War I.

30 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Brunswick Tiara

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Princess Viktoria Luise of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick (born Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia) wears the Brunswick Tiara in a portrait painted by Gustav Rienaecker, ca. 1913; read more about this intriguing tiara over here!

The Best of The Court Jeweller: Royal Citrines and Topazes

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As an exciting royal November draws to a close, we've got one more celebration of the month's warm, cozy birthstone. Royals love citrines and yellow topazes, as you can see from the numerous posts we've written about those jewels over the past three years. Here's a roundup of some of the best!

29 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Meander Kokoshnik

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Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia, pictured with Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, wears the Prussian Meander Kokoshnik at her wedding to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, May 1938; read more about the lengthy history of this tiara over here!

Tourmaline Tuesday for the Queen


Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was a busy bee on Tuesday, hosting a foreign president for lunch and holding diplomatic audiences at Buckingham Palace -- and she wore one of her most modern, colorful brooches for the day.

Markle Sparkle: Meghan's Opal Earrings

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We've all (appropriately) been paying attention to the diamond engagement ring that Meghan Markle debuted at Kensington Palace on Monday, but the ring wasn't her only piece of jewelry at the photocall. Here's a look at the petite earrings that Meghan wore for the couple's big moment.

28 November 2017

Sapphires for Kate at the Foundling Museum

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Amid all the royal engagement excitement, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in London on Tuesday morning for an engagement of her own at the Foundling Museum.

The Daily Diadem: The Wellington Tiara

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The Duchess of Wellington, born Princess Antonia of Prussia, wears the family's diamond tiara for the Waterloo Banquet at Apsley House, June 2015; more on the event (and the tiara!) over here!

New Harry and Meghan Wedding Details!

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Yesterday, we got an official announcement, photos, an interview, and a big ol' diamond ring, and now today, we know a lot more about when and where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding will take place.

State Visit Jewels: Luxembourg's Visit to Japan


Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg arrived in Tokyo on Monday for a state visit, and we've got all of the royal and imperial jewels from day one for your viewing pleasure! (Please note: some of the GIFs in this post feature flash photography.)

27 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Tiara

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Queen Letizia of Spain, then Princess of Asturias, wears the Prussian Tiara with a suite of diamond jewels at a gala dinner for the Hungarian president, January 2005; more on the tiara over here!

Prince Harry and Meghan Are Engaged!


Break out the champagne, magpies: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially engaged! I'll be updating this post throughout the day as we get more information on the ring and the proposal, but feel free to use this post for discussion as events happen!