20 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Countess of Paris's Mellerio Sapphire Tiara



Princess Hélène of Orléans wears the Mellerio Sapphire Tiara that belonged to her mother, the Countess of Paris, at her wedding to Count Evrard of Limburg-Stirum in 1957; the tiara, made in the 1930s in the Art Deco style, now belongs to Hélène's sister, Isabelle


Modern Maxima at the Ballet

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima attended a performance at the National Opera and Ballet in Amsterdam on Friday, part of a special commemoration of the work of the choreographer Hans van Manen.


19 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Sapphire Bandeau



Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom wears Queen Mary's Sapphire Bandeau (often called the Marie Feodorovna Sapphire Bandeau) during the 1958 state visit from Germany; more on this intriguing tiara over here!


Prinsjesdag Jewels 2017

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Following the destruction in the Caribbean after the recent hurricanes, this year's Prinsjesdag in the Netherlands was a bit more sedate, with muted colors all around. But we did get some glittering jewels to enjoy!


Royal Wedding Jewels in Amorbach

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This weekend, two descendants of the former royal families of Germany were married in Amorbach, and a major royal tiara was included in the celebrations.


18 September 2017

Hollywood Royalty: Vintage Jewels at the Emmy Awards

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The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night, and several stars wore vintage jewels on the red carpet. All of the pieces below were supplied by Fred Leighton, one of the most noted antique jewelry firms in America. Enjoy some vintage glitter for your Monday afternoon!

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandrine's Sapphire Tiara

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Countess Anne-Dorte of Rosenborg wears Queen Alexandrine's Sapphire Tiara during Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's 70th birthday celebrations in Copenhagen, April 2010; read all about Alexandrine's sapphires (and see a close-up of this tiara) over here!


Marie-Chantal's Gala Jewels

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Happy belated birthday to Marie-Chantal of Greece! To mark the stylish princess's birthday, which she celebrated yesterday, we've got a major roundup of some of her most sparkling gala jewels!

17 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara

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Marie-Chantal of Greece wears Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara at a gala celebrating Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's Ruby Jubilee, January 2012; read all about this fascinating royal sparkler over here!


Jewels in Motion: The Bohemian Crown Jewels

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Time for another look at the crown jewels of the world in glittering motion! Today, we're marveling at the medieval crown jewels of Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic.


16 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Miller Fringe Tiara

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Marie-Chantal of Greece wears the Miller Fringe Tiara at a pre-wedding dinner for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, October 2012; learn about this sparkling fringe's story over here!


Princess Takamado's Tiaras

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Our survey of the lovely tiaras worn by the women of Japan's imperial family continues this weekend with a look at the jewels worn by Hisako, the widow of the Prince Takamado. Because she often represents the family abroad, the Princess Takamado has several glittering sparklers at her disposal.


15 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Greek Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wears the tiara and other jewels from the family's emerald parure at a gala performance celebrating the 70th birthday of her sister, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, April 2010; read all about this magnificent set of emeralds over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: September 7-14


September 7-14, 2017

Our royal jewel roundup of the week is loaded with statement earrings and brightly colored jewels. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. For an oncology congress in Madrid on Thursday, Queen Letizia of Spain wore Coolook earrings set with white and black onyx. (See her entire outfit over here!)

14 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: Princess Tatiana's Bulgari Tiara

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Tatiana of Greece and Denmark wears a small diamond tiara from Bulgari at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; this was Tatiana's first (and so far only) public appearance in the tiara


A Queen Maxima Earring Update

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Time for a look at some of the statement earrings that Queen Maxima's been wearing this week!

Queen Friederike's Pearl and Diamond Necklace

Queen Friederike wears the necklace with the sapphire pendant (screencapture)

We've been marveling at tiaras worn by the former royal family of Greece all week in our Daily Diadem posts, so I thought it was rather appropriate to spend today discussing an extremely versatile Greek royal jewel: Queen Friederike's convertible pearl and diamond necklace.

13 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara

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Queen Friederike of the Hellenes wears the Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara and pieces of its accompanying parure for a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream during a state visit to London, July 1963; learn all about the tiara's history over here!


Mathilde's "Gone Fishin'" Jewels

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians went on a rather cool royal engagement on Tuesday, visiting the horse-mounted fishermen of Koksijde. Here's a look at Mathilde's jewels for the engagement.


Jewel History: Sapphire Superstitions (1903)

St. Edward's Sapphire, set in the Imperial State Crown (Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

"Sapphire Superstitions"
(originally appeared in the Ottawa Evening Journal, 3 January 1903)

According to the belief of the ancients, to own a sapphire was to render unnecessary the ministrations of the priest and the physician, for it was thought that this stone made its owner good-natured, filled his soul with religious zeal, protected him from the poison of venemous insects and reptiles, preserved the eyesight, cured the gout and ague, and kept off the plague. There is a legend that the commandments were engraved on sapphires.


12 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Antique Corsage Tiara

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Tatiana of Greece and Denmark wears the Antique Corsage Tiara at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013; read about the interesting creation of this tiara over here!


Sneak Peek: "Debo and the Whopper: The Devonshire Diadem"


Attention, lovers of diamonds and duchesses: my new article on the Devonshire Diadem has just been published in this year's Mitford Annual! The annual is edited by Lyndsy Spence, a historian whose work focuses on fascinating aristocratic women. As always, this year's annual features a wide range of pieces on all things Mitford. I contributed "Debo and the Whopper: The Devonshire Diadem" to this year's edition. You can read the entire piece by purchasing the Mitford Annual here, but especially for all of you, I'm sharing a short excerpt from the article today! Enjoy!


11 September 2017

Prince of Wales Feathers for the Duchess of Rothesay

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The Duchess of Rothesay -- the title used by the Duchess of Cornwall when she's in Scotland -- accompanied her Duke on Friday for a rather delightful royal errand: christening a new aircraft carrier, Scottish style.


The Daily Diadem: The Khedive of Egypt Tiara

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wears the Khedive of Egypt Tiara at a Ruby Jubilee gala for her sister, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, in Copenhagen, January 2012; read all about this tiara's romantic history over here!


Queen Letizia Goes Monochrome in Madrid

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For the Esmo 2017 Oncology Congress in Madrid on Thursday, Queen Letizia of Spain went with a striking look in head-to-toe black and white.


Jewels on Film: VICTORIA Season 2 Trailer


Magpies living in the UK are already watching the second season of Victoria, but the royal soap doesn't return here on PBS in the US until January. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the jewels we've seen in the trailers released by Masterpiece!


10 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Poire Tiara

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Pearl Poire Tiara at a gala celebrating her Ruby Jubilee, January 2012; read about the tiara's history -- and its lost tiara twin -- over here!


Jewels in Motion: The Crown of Scotland

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Our look at the glittering details of various crown jewels continues today with a close-up view of one of the most historic crowns in Britain: the Crown of Scotland.

09 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Midnight Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the Midnight Tiara at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013; read all about this intriguing modern tiara over here!


The Japanese Crown Princely Wedding Tiara

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With news of an upcoming royal wedding in Japan, let's have a look at the grand tiara worn at two of the most important imperial weddings of the 20th century, shall we? This tiara goes by various names, but because of its key role in these two ceremonies, I call it the Japanese Crown Princely Wedding Tiara.


08 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Danish Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the tiara and jewels from the Danish Emerald Parure at a gala celebrating her 70th birthday, April 2010; learn all about this incredible suite of jewelry here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: September 1-7


September 1-7, 2017

It was a blockbuster week for royal news, and we've got lots of royal jewels on the docket, too! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wore a pair of her trademark golden statement earrings for a performance of the opera Pinnochio in Brussels on Tuesday. 


07 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Mary's Wedding Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, escorted by the Earl of Wessex, wears her diamond wedding tiara and her diamond and pearl wedding earrings at a gala dinner celebrating the 70th birthday of King Harald V of Norway, February 2007; more on the tiara over here!


Blue Gems for Maxima's Gala Benefit

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On Tuesday, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands attended a gala dinner in Amsterdam. She chose one of her most interesting sets of personal jewelry for the event, which was a benefit for the Princess Maxima Center for Children's Oncology.


06 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Baden Palmette Tiara

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Baden Palmette Tiara at a Culture and Sport Gala at Christiansborg Palace, March 2009; read all about this tiara's lengthy history over here!


British Royal Engagement Rings

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With yesterday's news that Prince Harry's girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has given a candid interview to Vanity Fair, royal reporters appear to be hunkering down for imminent engagement news. While we wait to hear when Harry's popped the question, let's have a look at some of the rings worn by British royal brides.


05 September 2017

Windswept Statement Jewels for Beatrice

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Beatrice Borromeo and her husband, Pierre Casiraghi, the younger son of Princess Caroline of Monaco, walked the windy red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Friday. Here's a look at the statement jewels Beatrice brought along with her.


The Daily Diadem: The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara

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Queen Ingrid of Denmark wears the tiara from the Danish Ruby Parure at the Royal Opera House in London, April 1968; learn all about the suite's astonishing history over here!


Scottish Diamonds at the Queensferry Crossing

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh ventured off the Balmoral estate again on Monday for the official opening of the Queensferry Crossing, and HM brought some appropriately Scottish diamonds with her.


Jewel History: A Third Baby for the Duchess of Cambridge (1833)

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"A Third Baby for the Duchess of Cambridge"
(originally appeared in the Observer, 9 December 1833)

From the London Gazette of Friday, Dec. 6th -- This Gazette states, that dispatches have been received from Thomas Cartwright, Esq., His Majesty's [1] Minister Plenipotentiary to the Germanic Confederations, stating that Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge [2] was safely delivered, on November 27th, of a Princess [3].


04 September 2017

Te Deum Jewels for Prince Gabriel of Sweden

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The newest little prince in Sweden officially has a name and title! Read on to learn more, and to see the jewels worn by his grandmother and aunts at today's Te Deum service held in his honor.


The Daily Diadem: The Danish Floral Aigrette

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears her diamond floral aigrette at the wedding of her elder son, Crown Prince Frederik, May 2004; read about this unusually flexible diadem over here!


Royal Jewels at the Braemar Gathering

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The annual Braemar Gathering was held this weekend, and the royals attended on Saturday. Here's a look at some of the jewelry on display, plus on very unique royal ensemble!


Princess Mako's Engagement Announcement Jewels

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As anticipated, Princess Mako of Akishino, the eldest granddaughter of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, officially announced her engagement this weekend. Here's a look at the jewelry that she wore for the official press conference.

03 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara

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The Countess of Wessex wears her convertible diamond and aquamarine tiara at the enthronement celebrations for Prince Albert II of Monaco, November 2005; read much more about the tiara here!


Jewels in Motion: The Imperial State Crown

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On Sundays this September, we're going to be marveling at some of the most important royal jewels in the world: crown jewels! First up: one of the most recognizable crowns in the world. Enjoy these images of the Imperial State Crown, glittering in motion!

02 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Connaught Diamond Tiara

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden wears the Connaught Diamond Tiara with the Processional Necklace at the wedding of her sister, Crown Princess Victoria, June 2010; read about the tiara over here and the necklace over here!


Princess Mako's Tiara

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The eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, Princess Mako of Akishino, has been in the spotlight lately thanks to her recent engagement announcement, and I've been getting a few specific questions about her tiara. Today, we've got an in-depth look at the diamond sparkler.