24 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth wears the tiara and jewels from the Brazilian Aquamarine Parure at a state banquet for the President of Mexico, March 2009; read more about the suite of jewels over here!

Royal Ascot Jewels 2017 (Day 5)

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Royal Ascot wrapped up this morning with one more appearance from the Queen -- and a brooch we haven't seen in a while!

National Day Jewels in Luxembourg

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The grand ducal family of Luxembourg has been out and about at the end of this week to celebrate the country's national day. Here's a look at some of the jewels we saw, for both the daytime and evening engagements.

The Chaumet Emerald Tiara

Grand Duchess Charlotte wears the Chaumet Emerald Tiara, ca. 1920

Not all royal families have a tiara in their collections that’s fit for a superhero, but I think Wonder Woman could borrow the Art Deco-style emerald tiara from Luxembourg in a heartbeat. (I assume superheros attend more white-tie events than we mere mortals do, of course. Can you tell I saw the new Wonder Woman film this week?)

23 June 2017

Royal Ascot Jewels 2017 (Day 4)


As the week goes on, the royal crowd at Ascot generally thins, but we've still got a few bejeweled royals (and former royals!) to share from today's races.

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara

Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom, Queen of New Zealand, wears Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara with the City of London Fringe Necklace and the Silver Fern Brooch in an official Diamond Jubilee Portrait, ca. 2012; read more about the tiara over here and the brooch over here!

This Week in Royal Jewels: June 16-22

June 16-22, 2017

We were incredibly spoiled for choice this week where royal jewels are concerned, but here's my selection of the very best pieces of the week. Be sure to vote for your favorites in the poll below (and/or add your own list in the comment section)!

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10. Queen Letizia of Spain chose her white gold and diamond starburst earrings from Yanes to attend a cultural program for schools in Aviles on Tuesday.

22 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Belgian Sapphire Tiara


Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Belgian Sapphire Tiara with pieces from the George VI Sapphire Suite at a state banquet for the President of Colombia, November 2016; read more about the tiara over here and the sapphire suite over here!

Royal Ascot Jewels 2017 (Day 3)


It's Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot, magpies! Time to enjoy the hats and jewels we saw on the third day of this year's races.

Charlene Makes a Cross Statement in Monte Carlo

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For the last few years, royal women have favored major statement earrings as their primary eye-catching jewelry. But for this weekend's 57th annual Monte Carlo TV Festival, Princess Charlene of Monaco chose to make a statement with a major necklace instead.

21 June 2017

Royal Ascot Jewels 2017 (Day 2)

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After the State Opening of Parliament wrapped up, the Queen headed back to join the rest of the royals for the second day of this year's Royal Ascot races. Here's a look at the jewels (and hats!) they wore.

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik


Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik with the Qatari Rubies at a state dinner in Turkey, May 2008; read more about the tiara over here and about the ruby suite over here!

State Opening of Parliament Jewels 2017


This morning, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom attended a scaled-back version of the State Opening of Parliament, where she delivered the Queen's speech in a hat and coat rather than her usual crown and robes.

20 June 2017

Dutch Visit to Italy: State Banquet Jewels


Tonight's state dinner in Italy may have been a black tie affair, but leave it to Queen Maxima of the Netherlands to bring us a tiara anyway! Keep reading below for all the details about the grand jewels she wore for the occasion.

For the banquet, Maxima chose pieces from one of her favorite jewelry suites from the family vaults: the Mellerio Ruby Parure. (Read more about the set over here!)

Dutch Visit to Italy: Arrival in Rome


King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands are on a state visit to Italy this week, and they began their program of engagements in Rome.

Royal Ascot 2017 Jewels (Day One)

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And we're off! The races have begun at the 2017 Royal Ascot meet, and the royals were there wearing their best racing finery. Here's a look at the jewels we saw on both the royal ladies and gentlemen today.

The Daily Diadem: The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (then Princess Elizabeth) wears the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara and the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace at a dinner at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., 1951; read more about the tiara over here and the necklace over here!

Vintage Royal Ascot Jewels

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Today is the first day of Royal Ascot, one of the best weeks of the whole year for royal fashion and jewelry. (There's a reason I called it Hat Christmas back in the days of Mad Hattery!) Before we see the modern pieces worn today by the royals who attend the races, here's a look back at ensembles worn at Royal Ascot in days past. Which is your favorite Ascot era?

19 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Burmese Ruby Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II wears the Burmese Ruby Tiara at a state banquet in Slovenia, October 2008; learn more about this tiara's story over here!

Jewel History: A Royal Choice (1951)

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"A Royal Choice"
(originally appeared in the Ottawa Journal, 18 May 1951)

The insignia of the Order of the Garter which the King [1] has bestowed on King Frederick of Denmark [2] in a State visit to this country, in a spectacular ceremony in St. George's Chapel, Windsor, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth [3], Queen Ingrid [4], and Princess Elizabeth [5] had been chosen with care.

18 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara at the New Year's Levee, January 2012; read much more about this tiara's long history over here!

Jewels in Motion: Madeleine and Chris's Wedding (2013)

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Today, our survey of Swedish royal wedding jewels arrives in 2013, when Princess Madeleine married Chris O'Neill in Stockholm. Here's a look at her gorgeous wedding jewels, glittering in motion!

17 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Bonaparte Olive Wreath Tiara

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Princess Marie of Greece and Denmark (born Princess Marie Bonaparte) wears her olive wreath tiara in a portrait, ca. 1907; read more about the tiara, and its fascinating wearer, over here!

Trooping the Colour Jewels 2017


It's time again for the Queen's very merry unbirthday party, everyone! For the sovereign's official birthday parade and the Trooping the Colour exercises at Horseguards Parade, we've got plenty of jewels on display.

The Mountbatten Star Tiara

Penny Knatchbull wears the Mountbatten Star Tiara on her wedding day (Central Press/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Mountbatten family announced the passing of its matriarch: Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma. The elder daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten was descended from the British and German royal families, with more family connections to the royal and imperial families of Sweden, Greece, and Russia. Today, to continue our celebration of her life, we're focusing on an interesting family heirloom: Patricia's wedding tiara.

16 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara


Princess Lilian of Sweden wears the Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara at the Nobel Prize Ceremony, December 2003; learn more about the tiara, which now belongs to Crown Princess Victoria, over here!

This Week in Royal Jewels: June 9-15

June 9-15, 2017

Lots to choose from in the world of royal jewelry this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!

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10. Queen Letizia matched white onyx and black onyx earrings from Coolook with a monochromatic dress to receive the President of Peru at Zarzuela Palace on Tuesday.

15 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara


Princess Christina of the Netherlands, aunt of King Willem-Alexander, wears the Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara at a dinner on the eve of his inauguration, April 2013; learn more about this classic tiara over here!

Jewel History: Beautiful Patricia Mountbatten Weds Capt. Lord Brabourne (1946)

The late Countess Mountbatten of Burma on her wedding day

"Beautiful Patricia Mountbatten Weds Capt. Lord Brabourne"
(originally appeared in the Ottawa Journal, 28 Oct 1946)

Romsey, Hampshire, England, Oct. 27 -- Lovely Patricia Mountbatten [1], daughter of one of Britain's foremost warriors [2], was married Saturday to Capt. Lord Brabourne [3] in the splendor of Romsey's Norman Abbey, and afterward King and Commoner toasted the couple whose wedding gave this ancient town the finest fete in its history.

14 June 2017

Jewels and Roses for Queen Maxima


Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended the 50th celebration of the Rosarium Winschoten in Winschoten on Tuesday, where she posed alongside a new variety of rose named in her honor.

The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara

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Queen Olga of the Hellenes wears the Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara in a portrait; you can read more about the tiara (which is still owned by the Greek royals today) over here!

A Double Brooch Day for Queen Elizabeth II


Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated a pair of major anniversaries today, and to the delight of royal jewel lovers everywhere, she wore a different brooch for each occasion.

13 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara

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The Duchess of Brabant (now Queen Mathilde of the Belgians) wears her diamond laurel wreath tiara at the pre-wedding gala for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, October 2012; read more about this tiara's history over here!

The Swedish Diamond Epaulette Earrings

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The Swedish royal jewelry collection is absolutely lousy with sparkling earrings, but today's earrings, the Diamond Epaulette Earrings, surely take the prize for the most diamond-packed pair.

12 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Faberge Myrtle Wreath Tiara

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Lady Tamara Grosvenor wears the Faberge Myrtle Wreath Tiara at her wedding to Edward van Cutsem, November 2004; read more about the tiara over here!

Book Review: Spectacular (2017)

Spectacular: Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection (Photo: The Court Jeweller)

Like most of you who read the blog, I'm an American, and I'm always excited to get to talk about a major jewel collector who was one of my fellow countrywomen. Marjorie Merriweather Post definitely fits the bill. Today, I'm reviewing a new jewelry book about her collection that totally lives up to its name: Spectacular: Gems and Jewelry from the Merriweather Post Collection.

11 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Leuchtenberg Faberge Tiara

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The Leuchtenberg Faberge Tiara, which includes diamonds once owned by Empress Josephine of France, is shown on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, February 2013; read more about this fascinating tiara over here!

Jewels in Motion: Victoria and Daniel's Wedding Reception (2010)

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For this week's look back at the glamorous royal wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, we're focusing on part of the festivities we rarely get to see. Here's a glimpse into the couple's elaborate wedding reception -- in motion!

10 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: Empress Eugenie's Greek Key Tiara

Empress Eugenie of France is depicted wearing the Greek Key Tiara from the French crown jewels, topped with the Regent Diamond, in a detail of a painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, ca. 1864; the tiara was sold in the infamous crown jewel auction in 1887

The Diamond Daisy Brooch

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On Saturdays, we usually devote our time here on the blog to discussions about the history of a specific tiara. But today's not just any Saturday: it's the 50th wedding anniversary of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik of Denmark. We've talked about Margrethe's wedding tiara multiple times, so I thought it would be fun to focus on another part of her wedding jewelry: the Diamond Daisy Brooch that she wore pinned to her gown.

09 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Angoulême Emerald Tiara

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The diamond and emerald tiara made for the Duchess of Angoulême by Bapst, on display with the rest of the French crown jewels at the Louvre Museum in Paris, 2016

This Week in Royal Jewels: June 2-8

June 2-8, 2017

It was a bit of a casual week royal jewel-wise, but we've still got some lovely pieces for you to enjoy. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


10. On Wednesday, Princess Astrid of Belgium wore a simple, classic pair of diamond and pearl earrings to commemorate the Battle of Messines Ridge in Wijtschate.

08 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Hortense's Pearl Tiara

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Hortense de Beauharnais, former Queen of Holland, wears a pearl tiara in an illustrated portrait from an 1867 biography of her son, Napoleon III

Reader Mailbag: Major Sparkle at Christie's


Lovely reader Linda sent me a message this week with all the details on a major upcoming jewelry sale at Christie's in London, including pieces from two princesses and a fascinating parure of Victorian jewels. Here's the scoop on a few notable items that will be sold on June 13.

07 June 2017

The Daily Diadem: Empress Marie Louise's Diadem

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The elaborate diadem of Empress Marie Louise of France (second wife of Napoleon Bonaparte) on display at the Smithsonian Institute, August 2010. The tiara was originally set with emeralds, but after the piece was sold to Van Cleef and Arpels by a descendant of Marie Louise, the emeralds were replaced with Persian turquoises. Marjorie Merriweather Post bought the tiara for the Smithsonian in the 1970s

Bejeweled Close-Ups: The Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara


Of all the fascinating tiaras in the Bernadotte jewel collection, few are as interesting as the larger Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara. Made of cut and polished steel and yellow gold, the tiara manages some major sparkle without a single diamond or gemstone. And up close, you can really see the incredible craftsmanship of the piece. Enjoy this set of close-up images -- and then read the history of the piece over here!

06 June 2017

Gray Pearls for Mary in Paris


Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was in Paris on Tuesday to address the opening of the OECD Forum at their headquarters, and she brought along a suite of jewelry pieces from Marianne Dulong for the engagement.