24 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: Marie Feodorovna's Diamond Fringe Tiara

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Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia (born Princess Dagmar of Denmark) wears her diamond fringe tiara in kokoshnik form with a pearl border in a portrait by Ivan Kramskoi; she also wears the brooch and necklace from her diamond and pearl wave suite

Royal Jewel Rewind: Prince Joachim and Princess Marie's Wedding (Part 2)


Time for part two of our coverage of the jewels worn at Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark's wedding, which took place nine years ago today in Mogeltonder. This post features the jewels worn by the families of Princess Benedikte and Queen Anne-Marie; head over here for more jewels from the Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian royals!

Royal Jewel Rewind: Prince Joachim and Princess Marie's Wedding (Part 1)


Nine years ago today, Prince Joachim of Denmark married Marie Cavallier in Mogeltonder. Today, we've got two flashback posts on tap full of jewels from this royal wedding. Enjoy this look at jewels worn by the main line of the Danish royal family, plus the Norwegian and Swedish royals, and stop back for even more royal jewels later today!

23 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: Grand Duchess Anastasia's Palmette Tiara

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Grand Duchess Anastasia of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (born Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia) wears a palmette tiara backed with a fabric kokoshnik, ca. 1896. I believe the whereabouts of this piece are currently unknown; although it bears some visual similarities shape-wise with the Alexandrine Diamond Drop Tiara, which was owned by Anastasia's daughter (Queen Alexandrine of Denmark), the tiaras are not the same

Reader Mailbag: Crown Princess Mary's New Earrings

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Several readers have contacted me recently with information about the diamond fringe earrings worn by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark at the recent birthday celebrations in Norway. Turns out Mary's been shopping the auction catalogues again!

York Jewels in Cannes

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Princess Beatrice of York and her mother, Sarah, Duchess of York, attended the Fashion for Relief event in Cannes on Sunday, and both of them wore intriguing statement jewels.

22 May 2017

Royal Jewels at the Chelsea Flower Show

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The British royal family made its annual visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this afternoon, and they brought some garden-themed jewelry along with them.

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Sapphire Kokoshnik

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Queen Marie of Romania wears the Vladimir Sapphire Kokoshnik in a dramatic portrait painted by Jacques-Émile Blanche

Queen Letizia's Wedding Jewels

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Today, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain celebrate their thirteenth wedding anniversary. In honor of their big day, here's a look back at the jewels worn by Letizia at her wedding.

21 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: Marie Feodorovna's Diamond Wave Tiara

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Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia wears her diamond and pearl wave tiara in a portrait by François Flameng, ca. 1894. The tiara, which was part of a parure that also included a matching necklace and brooch, has often been attributed to Cartier; the entire suite was confiscated by the Soviets after the revolution and has not been seen since the 1920s

Jewels in Motion: Queen Sonja Sparkles

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This month has been packed with royal celebrations in Norway, including birthday festivities for King Harald V and Queen Sonja and last week's annual Constitution Day. I thought it was only appropriate that we continue the celebrations with a look at some of her jewels in motion!

20 May 2017

Jewels of Pippa Middleton's Wedding

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The long-awaited nuptials of Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, took place today in Berkshire. Pippa married James Matthews at St. Mark's Church in Englefield, and there were both bridal and royal jewels on display.

The Daily Diadem: Cartier's Belle Epoque Aigrette


A diamond belle epoque aigrette, made by Cartier ca. 1900, is displayed at Christie's in New York, October 2007

The Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara

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This week, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands celebrated her 46th birthday. To mark the anniversary, we're spending today with a sparkler that is becoming increasingly associated with her: the Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara.

19 May 2017

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


Queen Sofia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara, made by Cartier in the 1920s, at a dinner for the President of China, November 2005

This Week in Royal Jewels: May 12-18

May 12-18, 2017

Spring is in full swing in the world of royalty, and our jewels this week strongly reflect the season. Be sure to vote for your favorites in the poll below!

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10. The Duchess of Cambridge wore her Annoushka pearl drops with her Kiki McDonough diamond hoops for a tea party on Saturday at Buckingham Palace, held for the children of those who have died serving in the armed forces.

18 May 2017

Thistle and Rose for Queen Elizabeth

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom joined the Duke of Kent this morning at Buckingham Palace to present new colours to the 1st Battalion and and F Company Scots Guards -- and it appears that she may have brought a new brooch along with her!

The Daily Diadem: Doris Duke's Cartier Bandeau


A staff member of Christie's auction house models a diamond, pearl, and platinum bandeau by Cartier, once part of the jewel collection of the socialite and heiress Doris Duke, May 2004

Scientific Sparkle for Queen Maxima


This afternoon, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited the Princess Maxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in Utrecht. Her tour of one of the facility's laboratories gave us some fascinating views of her jewelry.

Stephanie Sparkles at Cannes

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Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg joined the glamorous celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, and Stephanie's glittering jewels lived up to even the most sparkling of movie star gems.

17 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Greville Tiara

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The Duchess of Cornwall wears the Greville Tiara, which was made by Boucheron and altered by Cartier, at the CHOGM Dinner in Sri Lanka, November 2013

Auction Results: Apollo and Artemis Smash Records


Earlier this week, I featured a pair of remarkable earrings, the Apollo Blue and the Artemis Pink, that were part of Tuesday's Magnificent Jewels sale at Sotheby's in Geneva. The earrings sold, and the price they fetched was nothing short of staggering.

Japan's Princess Mako Reportedly Engaged


Japanese media reports indicate that an engagement announcement is expected soon from the imperial palace. Princess Mako of Akishino, the eldest granddaughter of the Emperor and Empress, is reportedly engaged to Kei Komuro. But while royal engagements usually start conversations about jewel appearances to come, this announcement would mean that royal jewels will be left behind.

16 May 2017

Garden Party Jewels in London

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The Windsors held their first garden party of the season at Buckingham Palace this afternoon, and five royal ladies were among the gathered crowds.

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Pearl and Diamond Kokoshnik

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A pearl, diamond, and platinum kokoshnik, made by Cartier ca. 1908, is displayed with other Cartier jewels in the "El Arte de Cartier" exhibition at the Museum Thyssen Bornemisza in Madrid, October 2012

Royal Wedding Jewels in Luxembourg

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Yesterday in Luxembourg, a civil royal wedding ceremony brought out some grand ducal bling! Here are some of the jewels we saw as Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau married Antonius Willms.

15 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Loop Tiara

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

Artemis and Apollo Diamonds to Be Sold in Switzerland


Sotheby's is having another of its blockbuster Magnificent Jewels sales this week in Geneva, and a rather remarkable pair of diamond earrings are up for auction. Dubbed "the Artemis Pink" and "the Apollo Blue," the earrings can be worn as a mismatched pair -- but they will be sold individually, and they're expected to fetch a small fortune.

14 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Essex Tiara


The Essex Tiara is displayed in Paris at the Grand Palais, December 2013; the tiara, created in 1902 by Cartier for the Countess of Essex, is now owned by the jewelry firm. It was worn at Queen Elizabeth II's coronation by Clementine Churchill and by Crown Princess Margarita of Romania on her wedding day

Jewels in Motion: Juan Carlos and Sofia's Royal Wedding

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Fifty-five years ago today, Don Juan Carlos of Spain married Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark in Athens. The Greek princess (who changed the spelling of her name to the Spanish Sofia) wore a family heirloom, the Prussian Tiara, to wed the future Spanish king in two ceremonies (one Roman Catholic, one Greek Orthodox). Here's a look at snippets from their wedding day!

13 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Halo Tiara


Princess Anne, wearing the Cartier Halo Tiara, rides with Prince Charles on the way to the State Opening of Parliament, October 1967

The Spanish Floral Tiara

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After the abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain, some of the jewels worn Queen Sofia, his wife, were automatically passed along to the country's new queen consort, Queen Letizia. But most of the tiaras worn by Sofia are her personal property, including today's sparkler, her diamond floral tiara.

12 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the original version of the Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara during a visit to Malta, November 1967

This Week in (Evening) Royal Jewels: May 5-11

May 5-11, 2017

This week gave us so much royal sparkle that I had to divide our jewel roundup in two -- and even then I was spoiled for choice! Here are my favorite evening jewels of the week; there were so many to choose from, though, that lots of great candidates didn't make the list! Vote for your favorites in the poll below -- and let us know in the comments which pieces you'd add to your top ten! (Your list might be completely different from mine!)


10. Princess Astrid of Norway was radiant at Tuesday's birthday dinner in the turquoises that once belonged to Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom. (More here!)

This Week in (Daytime) Royal Jewels: May 5-11

May 5-11, 2017

We've had an almost overwhelming amount of bling here on the blog this week, so I'm dividing our best jewels countdown into two categories. This post covers my top daytime jewels of the week; a post will pop up in a few hours with the glittering evening jewels. Don't forget to vote in each poll!


10. Wednesday's royal birthday festivities in Oslo included lunch on the royal yacht, and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians chose a striking pair of modern silver statement earrings for the event.

11 May 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Luxembourg


The grand ducal family of Luxembourg had to hurry back from the royal birthday celebrations in Norway to meet with another royal on Thursday: the Duchess of Cambridge, who was visiting the grand duchy to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Treaty of London.

The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Button Tiara

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Princess Margriet of the Netherlands wears the family's Pearl Button Tiara on her wedding day in The Hague, January 1967

10 May 2017

Norwegian Royal Birthday Gala Jewels (Part 2)


It may have been raining in Oslo this evening, but Europe's royals turned out in bejeweled black-tie splendor for King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway's birthday gala. Here's a look at some of the pieces they wore! (If you missed the first part of our post, head over here!)

Norwegian Royal Birthday Gala Jewels (Part 1)


The second day of King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway's joint birthday celebrations included a black-tie gala at the Opera House in Oslo. Even without tiaras, we saw some major jewels on display. Here's a look at what the Scandinavian royals wore; we'll recap the rest of the royal jewels in our next post!

The Daily Diadem: The Oriental Circlet

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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Chancellor of the University of London, wears the Oriental Circlet with the crown rubies at the President of the Union's Dinner at Senate House, London, December 1967

Charles and Camilla's Northern Ireland Visit: Day 1

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While lots of royals were in Norway toasting King Harald and Queen Sonja yesterday, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall headed to Northern Ireland for the first day of a two-day visit.

09 May 2017

Tiaras from Norway's Birthday Dinner (Part 2)


Time for the second installment of tiaras from King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway's birthday dinner! Enjoy -- and don't forget to stop by tomorrow for the second (black-tie) gala event of the celebrations!

Tiaras from Norway's Birthday Dinner (Part 1)


King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway both turn 80 this year, so they decided to combine their celebrations into one super-sized bash this weekend in Oslo. Tonight, things got very sparkly at a white-tie birthday dinner. Here's the first of two posts focusing on the glittering tiaras worn this evening!

The Daily Diadem: Princess Grace's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears her diamond tiara at a gala performance at the Champs Elysee Theatre in Paris, April 1967; read more about the tiara's history here!

Grand Duchess Hilda's Tiara Stolen

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Sad news to report from the jewelry world today: the grand diamond tiara once owned by Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden has been stolen from its home in a Karlsruhe museum.

08 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara as she shakes hands with Bob Hope at the Royal Variety Performance, November 1967

A Tiara for Meghan Markle?

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This weekend, the British press caught Prince Harry's girlfriend, Meghan Markle, watching him play in the Audi Polo Challenge. The appearance was reminiscent of some of Kate Middleton's polo pop-ups before her engagement to Prince William, and the outing has set the rumor mill racing.

I think it's safe to say that Harry's relationship has entered very serious territory, so you know what that means: it's time to start a little good-natured premature speculation about Meghan's royal wedding tiara! ;-) Here are my four choices from the royal vaults...