31 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Princess Claire's Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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Princess Claire of Belgium wears her pearl and diamond tiara at the pre-wedding gala for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, October 2012; see more images of this intriguing sparkler over here!


Jewel History: The Queen's Jewels Refurbished During Scottish Holiday (1932)

Queen Mary, ca. 1930s (Wikimedia Commons)

"The Queen's Jewels Refurbished During Scottish Holiday"
(originally appeared in the Winnipeg Tribune, 27 Aug 1932)

While the Queen [1] is taking her summer holiday at Balmoral, her pearl necklaces have been sent to be restrung. This is done annually and by a little old man who has had the job for years. The pearls are guarded by detectives and great secrecy is observed when the necklaces leave the palace.


30 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Aquamarine Parure Tiara

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Aquamarine Tiara, plus additional pieces from the parure, at the pre-inauguration gala, April 2013; read all about Queen Juliana's aquamarines over here!


Kate Wears Green Onyx in Kensington

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were at Kensington Palace on Tuesday for a special event: a visit to the White Garden that commemorates the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.


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For the garden visit, Kate reached into her jewelry box for a familiar pair of earrings. These are the Monica Vinader Siren Earrings in green onyx.


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Here's another view of her earrings from this morning's rainy garden tour. We first saw Kate wear these during the tour of Canada in the autumn of 2016. Kate also recently wore them for another garden engagement: a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show earlier this spring.


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Appropriately, Kate's only other major piece of jewelry for the occasion was her sapphire and diamond engagement ring, which once belonged to her late mother-in-law. You can read more about the famous ring over here.


Maria Teresa Goes Green in Luxembourg

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Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg hosted government representatives from France and Belgium on Tuesday, and Maria Teresa chose an eye-catching piece of jewelry for the occasion.


29 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Emerald Palmette Tiara

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Princess Sofia of Sweden wears her Emerald Palmette Tiara at the Nobel Prize Ceremony, December 2015; read all about the tiara's creation over here!


The Greville Festoon Necklace

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Of all the diamond necklaces in the British royal vaults, few pack as much diamond firepower as the incredible Greville Festoon Necklace. Today, we're taking a deep dive into the history of this fabulous royal jewel.


28 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara

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Princess Marie of Denmark wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara at the annual New Year's Levee, January 2016; read all about the tiara's history over here!


Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet Heads to the V&A!

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I get regular questions about the fate of Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet, the historic jewel that nearly left Britain last year. Up until now, I haven't had answers, but today, major news broke: the coronet has been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum!


27 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Habsburg Fringe Tiara

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Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein wears the Habsburg Fringe Tiara at the pre-inauguration gala in the Netherlands, April 2013; learn why the Liechtenstein princely family has a Habsburg tiara over here!


Jewels in Motion: Elizabeth Taylor's Cartier Rubies

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Our celebration of jewels made by Cartier wraps up today with a look at a romantic suite of ruby and diamond jewels that belonged to a member of Hollywood royalty: Dame Elizabeth Taylor.

26 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Adelaide's Diamond Fringe

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Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom wears Queen Adelaide's Diamond Fringe as a tiara in this detail from Winterhalter's The First of May 1851; learn all about this diamond fringe over here!


The Spencer Tiara

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As the commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales begin to draw to a close, I'd like to offer one more of my own -- a more sparkling, less controversial tribute than many I've seen in the media of late. Rather than dwelling on the details of the late princess's private life, let's enjoy some glitter courtesy of her family diadem, the Spencer Tiara.


25 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Sunburst Tiara

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Crown Princess Masako of Japan wears the Pearl Sunburst Tiara with its matching mirrored necklace at the Dutch state banquet in Tokyo, October 2014; the tiara was previously worn by Masako's mother-in-law, Empress Michiko


Royal Jewel Rewind: Nikolaos and Tatiana's Greek Wedding (Part 2)

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Time for Part 2 of our flashback to the jewels worn at the wedding of Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark and Tatiana Blatnik, which was held seven years ago today. (Catch up on Part 1, which includes the bride's jewels, over here!)

Royal Jewel Rewind: Nikolaos and Tatiana's Greek Wedding (Part 1)

With most of the royals of the world on holiday this month, we're going to wait until next week for a supersized royal jewel roundup. Instead, enjoy a special two-part flashback post!

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Seven years ago today, Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark, second son of King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie, married Tatiana Blatnik on the island of Spetses in Greece. Let's hop in our jewel-encrusted time machine for a look back at the bling worn at this rather beachy royal wedding, shall we? (Stay tuned for a second installment later today!)

24 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Baden Fringe Tiara

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the Baden Fringe Tiara with the Processional Necklace at the Nobel Prize Banquet, December 2005; read about the tiara's history here and the necklace's history over here!


On the Block: A Victorian Pearl and Diamond Tiara

A convertible Victorian tiara (Image: Bonham's)

If you're in the market for a new tiara, an upcoming sale at Bonham's in Knightsbridge may have just what you're looking for: a convertible pearl and diamond tiara that's more than a century old.


23 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Baden Sunburst Tiara

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Stephanie of Baden wears the family's diamond sunburst tiara at the wedding reception for Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, July 2011; learn all about the tiara's history over here!


Queen Noor's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Noor of Jordan celebrates her birthday today, and we're celebrating along with her by featuring her intriguing diamond tiara.


22 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Victoria's Sunray Fringe Tiara



Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom wears her sunray fringe tiara in a portrait taken ca. 1897 to mark her Diamond Jubilee; the tiara was later inherited by her youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice


Jewel History: Crown Jewels Burglar Alarm Sets Off Security Tizzy (1958)

Entrance to the Jewel House at the Tower of London, April 2017 (Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

"Crown Jewels Burglar Alarm Sets Off Security Tizzy"
(originally appeared in the Ottawa Journal, 22 Aug 1958)

LONDON, Aug. 22 -- The boss at the Tower of London confessed to Scotland Yard today that he set off the burglar alarm to see how well the crown jewels are being guarded.

"I'm delighted with the test," said Brig. Leslie Frederick Ethelbert Wieler. "It worked extremely well."


21 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Bavarian Sunburst Tiara

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Felipa of Bavaria wears the family's diamond sunburst tiara at her wedding, May 2012; learn about the history of the tiara, which the family has since sold, over here!


Jewels on Film: The Crown Season 2 Trailer


Netflix recently released the first trailer for the upcoming second season of The Crown, which debuts on the streaming service on December 8. You all know what that means -- time to judge the jewels! (I recapped the entire first season of the show, and you can read all of my posts about the series here!)


20 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Romanian Massin Tiara



Queen Marie of Romania wears the family's diamond and pearl Massin Tiara in a portrait; you can read much more about the tiara, which was disappeared in revolutionary Russia, over here!


Jewels in Motion: The Patiala Necklace

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Our series on the grand royal jewels made by Cartier continues today with a whopper of a piece: the necklace commissioned from the firm by the Maharaja of Patiala.

19 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Edinburgh Turquoise Tiara

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Queen Marie of Romania (then the nation's crown princess) wears the Edinburgh Turquoise Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1894; along with most of the rest of Marie's jewelry, this tiara disappeared in Russia during the 1917 revolution


The Vasa Tiara

Crown Princess Märtha of Norway (with Crown Prince Olav) wears the Vasa Tiara, 1929 (National Archive of Norway/Wikimedia Commons)

The Norwegian monarchy may be a young one, but the current royal family has quite a stash of jewelry, thanks to their descent from Danish, British, and Swedish royalty. Today's sparkler, the Vasa Tiara, came into the Norwegian vaults through the current king's mother, Crown Princess Märtha, who was royal in her own right.


18 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Northumberland Strawberry Leaf Tiara



A model wears the Northumberland Strawberry Leaf Tiara during the Ageless Diamonds exhibition at Christie's in London, 1959; the tiara was stolen from the Dowager Duchess of Northumberland when her car was ambushed by thieves during the Greek state visit in 1963


This Week in Royal Jewels: August 11-17


August 11-17, 2017

Many royals are currently on holiday, but we've still got a bit of glitter this week, including a royal wedding! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!



10. Princess Tatiana of Greece and Denmark wore pearly stud earrings for a night out with her husband in Geneva on Thursday.

17 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Richmond Tiara

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The Richmond Tiara, owned by the Gordon-Lennox family, is shown in a photograph provided by local police; the tiara, which dates to 1820, was burgled from the family's estate, Goodwood House, in January 2016


On the Block: Russia's Dynasty Diamonds

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This November, a unique collection of diamonds will be auctioned online that were mined and polished in Russia. Here's a look at the "Dynasty" diamonds.


16 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara

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Queen Maud of Norway wears the original version of her diamond and pearl tiara in a portrait, ca. 1905; read more about the tiara, which was stolen and later replicated, over here!


Princess Diana's Bracelet Designer Revealed

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After the Duchess of Cambridge recently wore a pearl bracelet from the collection of her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, the designer of the bracelet has written more about the piece.


15 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Grand Duchess Hilda's Tiara



Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden wears her diamond tiara, ca. 1930s; the tiara was recently stolen from a German museum and has not been found (more details over here!)


The Top Ten: Princess Anne's Jewels

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Today, the Princess Royal celebrates her birthday, and to mark the occasion, I've compiled a list of ten of her very best pieces of jewelry. Anne's collection is much bigger than this, so be sure to add your own list in the comments below!

14 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Princess Christina's Diamond and Pearl Tiara

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Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson wears her small diamond and pearl tiara at the Nobel Prize Banquet, December 2010; the tiara, which was a gift from Elsa Cedergren (Christina's godmother), was later stolen from Christina's home and discarded in the sea by the thief


Jewel History: Hired Jewels Are Much in Evidence (1901)

May Goelet, later the Duchess of Roxburghe, attends the Devonshire House Ball in costume as Scheherazade, 1897

"Hired Jewels Are Much in Evidence"
(originally appeared in the St. Louis Republic, 28 Jul 1901)

London, July 27 -- I have just acquired a rather curious bit of information, which may be taken for granted, coming as it does from the jewelers of the West End.

It appears there are many jewelers in the West End who carry on privately a regular trade, hiring out to approved customers [1] tiaras, necklaces, bracelets, and other articles for special occasions, and a very fine paying business it is.


13 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Lady Lauderdale's Coronation Tiara



Ada Maitland, Countess of Lauderdale wears a tiara with a floral design with her coronet in an official portrait taken for the coronation of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, 1902


Jewels in Motion: The Windsor Amethyst and Turquoise Suite

The Duchess of Windsor wears her amethyst and turquoise jewels (screengrab)

Our celebration of royal jewels made by Cartier continues this month with one of the most colorful, modern sets that the firm made for the Duchess of Windsor: her amethyst and turquoise suite. Enjoy seeing this beautiful set of jewelry in motion!

12 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Lady Tankerville's Coronation Tiara



Leonora Bennet, Countess of Tankerville wears a diamond fringe tiara at the coronation of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, 1902; her tiara appears to be identical in design to the Swedish Modern Fringe Tiara, but it's not been determined whether the tiaras are the same piece or two pieces made by the same design


Empress Eugenie's Pearl Tiara

The tiara on display in the Louvre (Wikimedia Commons)

Through all of the royal upheaval of nineteenth-century France, one thing remained constant: the women of the royal and imperial families were top-notch jewelry wearers. Today's rather magnificent pearl diadem traces its way back to the country’s last empress, wending its way through other royal families before finally returning back home.


11 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Lady Eglinton's Coronation Tiara

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Janet Lucretia Montgomerie, Countess of Eglinton and Winton wears a large diamond and pearl tiara in her official portrait from the coronation of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, 1902


This Week in Royal Jewels: August 4-10


August 4-10, 2017

We've got lots of vacation bling this week, plus a surprising amount of sparkle from the opera! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Queen Letizia of Spain wore her beloved Chanel star stud earrings on Sunday for a visit to a museum in Soller during the family's summer holiday in Palma de Mallorca. (More over here!)


10 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Lady Erroll's Coronation Tiara



Mary Hay, Countess of Erroll wears a variation on a diamond fringe tiara at the coronation of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, 1902


Princess Mabel's Wedding Tiara

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Tomorrow, Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau, daughter-in-law of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and sister-in-law of King Willem-Alexander, celebrates her birthday. To help us all get in a celebratory mood, we're taking a deep dive today into the interesting history of her wedding tiara.


09 August 2017

The Daily Diadem: Lady Powis's Coronation Tiara

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Violet Herbert, Countess of Powis wears a circlet-style tiara in her official portrait from the coronation of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, 1902