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24 April 2017
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23 April 2017
While doing a bit of research for last week's post on the Greek royal emeralds, I found a treasure trove of sparkling video of the late Queen Friederike. Enjoy seeing some of her royal jewels in motion!
22 April 2017
Queen Marie of Romania (born Princess Marie of Edinburgh) wears her mother's diamond fringe tiara in a portrait by Philip de László; the tiara was sold by Marie's daughter, Queen Maria of Yugoslavia, in 1960
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21 April 2017
Augusta Viktoria of Portugal (born Princess Augusta Viktoria of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen) wears the Order of Christ Tiara in a portrait by Philip de László, ca. 1915. The tiara was a gift to Augusta Viktoria from her husband, the former King Manuel II of Portugal; it featured the cross emblem of Portugal's Military Order of Christ
April 14-20, 2017
It's been a very pearly week for royal jewels! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!
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10. The Duchess of Cambridge wore the necklace and earrings from her Mappin and Webb "Empress" suite on Thursday for the opening event of the Global Academy in London, part of the Heads Together initiative.
20 April 2017
Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary wears a diamond scroll tiara in this portrait, painted posthumously by Philip de László, ca. 1898; the painting appears to be based partly on photographs from the Hungarian coronation of 1867, where she wore the same tiara
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19 April 2017
Princess Nicholas of Greece and Denmark (born Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia) wears a modern emerald tiara in a portrait by Philip de László, ca. 1914
|Queen Friederike of the Hellenes wears the Greek emeralds during a 1956 state visit to Germany (Wikimedia Commons)|
18 April 2017
Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry wears the Londonderry Diamond Tiara in a portrait by Philip de László, ca. 1927
|The diamond and emerald tiara of the Duchess of Angouleme, on display with the French crown jewels in the Louvre's Apollo Gallery (Wikimedia Commons)|
"Diamonds Guarded Ingeniously"
(originally appeared in the New York Times, 21 Apr 1888)
17 April 2017
Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria (born Princess Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma) wears the family's diamond, ruby, and emerald fleur-de-lis tiara in a portrait by Philip de László, ca. 1890s. The tiara was made in 1893 by Kochert; it hasn't been seen in public since the 1960s, and it may have been dismantled or sold
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16 April 2017
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Happy birthday to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark! To celebrate her 77th birthday, we're showcasing some of her sparkling tiaras and jewels today -- and even better, they're glittering in motion!
15 April 2017
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Crown Princess Martha of Norway (born Princess Martha of Sweden) wears the Vasa Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1929
|Infanta Eulalia of Spain wears her diamond and pearl tiara|
14 April 2017
April 7-13, 2017
It's been a quieter week on the royal jewel front, but we've still got plenty to enjoy, especially brooch-wise. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!
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10. The Duchess of Gloucester wore layered necklaces and stud earrings for a Davis Cup match in Rouen on Friday.
13 April 2017
Princess Françoise of Greece and Denmark (born Princess Françoise of Orléans) wears her diamond and turquoise tiara (and accompanying jewels) in a portrait, ca. 1922; the turquoise parure was reportedly made for her by Faberge
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The tradition of Royal Maundy dates back to the seventeenth-century reign of Charles II. The idea behind it, though, goes back even further than that; it stems from the mandate (hence, "maundy") that Jesus gave to his apostles at the Last Supper that they should care for each other. In eras past, that instruction was carried out through the symbolic washing of subjects' feet, a practice that eventually evolved into the distribution of clothing and then of special coins.
12 April 2017
Queen Astrid of Belgium wears her convertible emerald necklace tiara in a portrait; the present whereabouts of this tiara are unclear
|The Cullinan III and IV Brooch displayed during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee exhibition at Buckingham Palace (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)|
"Cutting King's Diamond"
(originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times, 26 April 1908)
The special correspondent of the London Evening News at Amsterdam sends the first detailed and interesting story of the work of cutting the King's  diamond, which has now been begun in secret in that city. The great work of cutting the Cullinan diamond  and preparing it for its place among the crown jewels of England was begun (says our special correspondent) on Saturday.
All the members of the firm entrusted with the work -- Messrs. I.J. Asscher , who have a gigantic "fabriek" in the Tolstraat, not far from the center of town -- are now in Amsterdam. The actual splitting operation is to take place this week in the presence of several experts and a small number of privileged persons in the trade, who have obtained special permission from the authorities in London. Naturally, in such a case the greatest secrecy is observed, but I have been fortunate enough to ascertain many interesting facts in connection with the remarkable work that is being carried out.
11 April 2017
Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (later the Queen Mother) wears the Strathmore Rose Tiara on its alternative frame
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|Hidden Gems: Jewellery Stories from the Saleroom (Photo: The Court Jeweller)|
10 April 2017
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09 April 2017
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Queen Paola of Belgium (then Queen of the Belgians) wears the Nine Provinces Tiara and her half-moon earrings during a state visit from the Norwegian royal family, May 2003
08 April 2017
Queen Alexandrine of Denmark wears the original bandeau version of the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara; read much more about the history of the tiara over here
|Queen Marie of Romania wears the Vladimir Sapphire Kokoshnik (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons)|
07 April 2017
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The Duchess of York (later Queen Mary of the United Kingdom) wears a diamond and ruby aigrette with feathers in a portrait, ca. 1890s
March 31-April 6, 2017
Lots of state visiting happening again this week, so we've got plenty of sparkle to enjoy. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!
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10. For a King's Day concert in Tilburg, Queen Maxima wore a pair of modern earrings with a pair of sentimental family bracelets. (See more over here!)
06 April 2017
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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (later Queen Beatrix) wears Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara in a portrait taken to mark her inauguration as the country's monarch, April 1980
|Princess Benedikte, with Prince Richard, wears the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara at the wedding of their nephew, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, in Copenhagen in May 2004 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)|