31 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Hesse Star Tiara

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Cecilie of Hesse (born Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark) wears the Hesse Star Tiara; the whereabouts of this piece are apparently unknown

More Bracelet Stacks for Maxima in Vietnam


Queen Maxima of the Netherlands is on a three-day visit to Vietnam this week as a part of her role as the United Nations' Secretary General's Special Advocate for Financial Inclusion. Here's a look at some of the accessories she brought along on the trip.

Jewels on Film: Trailer for Victoria and Abdul

Yesterday, the official trailer for a new film, Victoria and Abdul, about the later years of Queen Victoria's life, debuted online. You know what that means: time for another installment of Jewels on Film! Each of the images provided here should be able to be easily enlarged for a better view of the details -- just click on the picture.

30 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Hesse Strawberry Leaf Tiara

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Grand Duchess Alice of Hesse and by Rhine (born Princess Alice of the United Kingdom) wears the Hesse Strawberry Leaf Tiara, a gift from her parents that was designed by her father, Prince Albert; the tiara is still owned by the Hesse family today

A Queen Letizia Earring Update

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Time for another survey of some of the earrings that Queen Letizia of Spain has been wearing recently! We've got quite the range here, from affordable pieces to precious gems, in a week's worth of jewelry.

29 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Delhi Durbar Tiara

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Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears the Delhi Durbar Tiara (set with the Cullinan III and IV diamonds) in a portrait taken by John Thomson, ca. 1912

The Top Ten: Queen Mary's Jewels

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There are royal jewels, and then there are royal jewels from the collection of Mary of Teck. Queen Mary had a keen eye for brilliance when it came to augmenting and culling her jewelry collection, and the British royal vaults today are stocked with excellent pieces that came straight from her jewelry box. Here are ten of my favorite pieces from her collection. Be sure to share your own top ten list in the comments below!

28 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Laurel Leaf Bandeau

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears a bandeau set with four large diamonds interspersed with laurel leaf designs; the bandeau, which was made as a necklace, was her wedding gift from Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster

Jewels in Motion: Sparkling Queen Mary

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Our celebrations of the 150th birthday of Mary of Teck continue today with a post that was really fun to put together -- a group of GIFs that show some of Mary's engagements, both daytime and evening, in motion. Enjoy!

27 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Adelaide's Diamond Fringe

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom (born Princess Mary of Teck) wears Queen Adelaide's Diamond Fringe as a tiara in a portrait, ca. 1912; the fringe is currently owned by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Mary's Collingwood Fringe Tiara

Mary wears the Collingwood Fringe Tiara on her wedding day in 1893

Our celebration of the 150th anniversary of Queen Mary's birth continues today with a sparkler that marked the beginning of her tenure as a senior British royal: her wedding tiara.

26 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

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The Vladimir Tiara (with the Cambridge emerald drops) is displayed in profile view at Buckingham Palace, July 2006. The tiara was purchased from the family of the late Grand Duchess Vladimir by Queen Mary; today is the 150th anniversary of Queen Mary's birth, and this post kicks off a long weekend of celebrations of her jewels here at The Court Jeweller. Stay tuned for posts on the Grand Magpie's jewels on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday!

This Week in Royal Jewels: May 19-25

May 19-25, 2017

There were lots of royal jewels to choose from this week, including a couple of sparkly tiara events! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below.


10. Princess Mako of Akishino, who has gained press attention recently because of her engagement, wore pearls to visit a natural history exhibition in Tokyo on Monday.

25 May 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Coburg Diamond Loop Tiara

The Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (born Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia) in her diamond loop tiara with pearl drops, worn on the occasion of her silver wedding anniversary in 1899

A Trio of Regal Brooches

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has been busy this week. After her appearance at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday, she's had three more major engagements. Here's a look at the brooches she chose for those occasions.

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