30 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Braganza Tiara



Queen Victoria of Sweden wears the Braganza Tiara in a profile portrait; read much more about this lavish heirloom sparkler over here!


The Japanese Honeysuckle Tiara

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To wrap up our month-long celebration of the tiaras worn by the imperial ladies of Japan, we've got one of my personal favorites: the family's diamond honeysuckle tiara.


29 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the grand tiara and jewels from the family's emerald parure during a state visit to Belgium, May 2003; read all about this classic nineteenth-century tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: September 22-28


September 22-28, 2017

We've got a range of royal jewels on tap for you this week -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Queen Letizia of Spain wore her freshwater pearl drop earrings from Tous for a visit to a vocational training school in Teruel on Wednesday.

28 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Cameo Tiara

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Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern wears the Cameo Tiara after her civil wedding ceremony in Stockholm, May 1961; read much more about this antique sparkler over here!


Japanese Imperial Jewels in South America

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The Prince and Princess Akishino, the younger son and daughter-in-law of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, are currently on a week-long visit to Chile. Let's have a look at the jewels that Kiko wore for the start of her South American trip, shall we?


Award-Winning Pearls for Queen Silvia

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Queen Silvia of Sweden was in Berlin on Tuesday to receive the Theodor Wanner Award, which recognizes her commitment to social issues and human rights engagement.


27 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden wears the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara at the Nobel Banquet, December 2012; read all about this tiara/necklace conversion over here!


The Dutch Sapphire Necklace Tiara

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As our celebration of September's birthstone draws to a close, we've got an especially innovative tiara creation on tap. Today’s sparkler, the Dutch Sapphire Necklace Tiara, is actually composed of a sapphire necklace supplemented by elements from another dismantled sapphire jewel.


26 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara



Queen Lovisa of Denmark wears Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara in a portrait; learn much more about this tiara's intriguing royal journey over here!


Jewel History: Princess Marina's Ring (1934)

Prince George and Princess Marina, Duke and Duchess of Kent (Wikimedia Commons)

"Princess Marina's Ring"
(originally appeared in the Guardian, 13 Sep 1934)

Prince George [1] left London by train for Balmoral last night, where he is to join the King [2] and Queen [3]. He travelled alone. Yesterday morning he returned to England from his holiday in Yugoslavia, during which he has become engaged to Princess Marina of Greece [4]. The Princess is at present in Paris.

25 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the tiara and jewels from the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm, December 2014; read all about this historic set over here!


The Stuart Sapphire

The Stuart Sapphire (Royal Collection)

Among the numerous glittering gemstones affixed to Britain's Imperial State Crown, one of the largest is a vivid blue gemstone with a fascinting, muddled history: the Stuart Sapphire.


24 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Cambridge Sapphire Tiara

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Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears the original Cambridge Sapphire Parure Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1920s; read more about the suite over here!


Jewels in Motion: The Crown of Eric XIV

The Crown of King Eric XIV of Sweden

The final installment of our month-long look at crown jewels of Europe glittering in motion focuses on a grand Scandinavian crown that is no longer worn: the crown of King Eric XIV of Sweden.


23 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Marie Amelie's Sapphire Parure Tiara

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The tiara from the sapphire and diamond parure that once belonged to Queen Marie Amélie of France is displayed at the Louvre in Paris, June 2016; the tiara, which dates to the early nineteenth-century, was later owned by Marie Amélie's descendants, the Counts and Countesses of Paris, until it was purchased by the Louvre in 1985


Princess Kako's Tiara

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Our coverage of the tiaras worn by the women of Japan's imperial family continues today with one of their newest sparklers: the diamond fleur-de-lis tiara worn by Princess Kako of Akishino, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito.


22 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara at the pre-inauguration gala in the Netherlands, April 2013; learn about the tiara's provenance over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: September 15-21


September 15-21, 2017

We've got lots of intriguing pieces in this week's jewel roundup. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Princess Beatrice of York wore delicate bracelets for WE Day UN at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday. (See more royals at the UN this week on Instagram!)

21 September 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet



Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood and Princess Royal, wears Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet in a portrait taken shortly after her marriage in 1922; read all about the tiara's history over here!


Jewel History: Italian Princess Weds Royal Lover (1925)

Princess Mafalda of Savoy, wearing the Hesse family's ears of wheat wedding tiara, with Prince Philipp of Hesse on their wedding day, 1925 (Wikimedia Commons)

"Italian Princess Weds Royal Lover"
(originally published 25 Sep 1925 in the Winnipeg Journal)

Racconigi, Italy, Sept. 23 -- Princess Mafalda [1], second daughter of King Victor Emmanuel [2], was married here today to Prince Philip of Hesse [3] with ceremonies impressive in the simplicity which marked the union of two ancient royal families in an old-fashioned love match.

Mafalda, proud daughter of the House of Savoy, renounced ambition when she united her destiny to that of a German prince whose principality was swept away in the upheaval which cost his Hohenzollern uncle [4] the throne of the German Empire.


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!