12 January 2017

Reader Mailbag: Lots of Glittery Goodness!

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Here's a bit of a hodge-podge post for your Thursday morning, featuring bits and bobs of jewelry news sent in to me by some of the fabulous magpies who read the blog. Enjoy! (And if you come across a story that you think the readers here at TCJ would love, send it along to my email inbox!)

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First off: a bit more Golden Globes jewelry news! A little bird has told me that Emma Stone's gorgeous diamond necklace from Tiffany and Co. is an Edwardian piece, made ca. 1909. The necklace's pendant can be detached. And Reese Witherspoon's Globes necklace was also from the Tiffany archives, part of a suite that dates back to 1989.

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One of my lovely Instagram followers, Annabelle, tagged me in this gorgeous video from the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. They've got a fabulous Bulgari exhibition running until the end of January, and Annabelle says it was "sublime"! Aussie magpies, get thee to the museum!

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The new year always brings excellent yearly roundup documentaries from the Swedish royals, and lovely reader Erica reminded me that there's a big two-parter about Drottningholm Palace online now. (Here are links to part one and part two, both of which are in Swedish.) She also helpfully provided a quick translation of a relevant part of an interview with Crown Princess Victoria into English for us! Thanks so much, Erica!

About nine minutes in to the second part, Victoria is looking at a portrait of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom wearing the George IV Diamond Diadem, and she observes, "When you look at all these big portraits, you recognize the jewelry from England, the Queen wears them now. That's what's interesting with portraits and seeing the jewelry and how they have been part of history. I really enjoy that.  It's fascinating and then history become real. And then I have the honor to wear these pieces, touch them or look at them. History comes alive." CP Victoria's a historical magpie just like us, guys!

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And one more excellent little tidbit to kick off your Thursday. Lovely reader DD sent in a reminder about the series of documentaries that Sotheby's recently produced about the beautiful objects that live at Chatsworth, home of the Dukes of Devonshire. Click here to enjoy the video about the remarkable Devonshire Parure!