21 November 2017

Book Review: Victoria & Albert, A Royal Love Affair

Victoria and Albert: A Royal Love Affair (Photo: The Court Jeweller)

I've got a treat today for those of you who are fans of Victoria, the show co-produced by ITV and PBS about the life of the young Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. St. Martin's Press has just published another companion volume to the series, and I've got a review -- and a chance for you to win your own copy!


20 November 2017

Kate in Queen's Pearls for Platinum Anniversary

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh threw a party for their platinum anniversary at Windsor Castle this evening, and we got a glimpse of a new piece of borrowed jewelry on the Duchess of Cambridge.


The Daily Diadem: The Naasut Tiara

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Naasut Tiara at the annual New Year's levee in Copenhagen, January 2012; read more about the suite of golden jewels over here!


Jewel History: Splendour of the Abbey Scene (1947)

Philip and Elizabeth with their wedding party and their families, 20 November 1947 (AFP/Getty Images)

"Splendour of the Abbey Scene"
(originally appeared in the Manchester Guardian, 21 Nov 1947)

LONDON, November 20 -- The cream and gold, crimson-cushioned chairs of the sanctuary were empty, the carpet untrodden, and, all unobscured, the gold plate mass on the snowy cloth of the High Altar gathered the warm flickers of the chandeliers, heightened them, and sent a ray of dazzling light from end to end of the Abbey. The arriving guests, shown to their places by the gentlemen ushers and gold staff officers, made no more than the faintest rustling as they moved.

The Abbey waited and, like a shell which confides most gently the roaring sound of the sea, trembled and stilled, stilled and trembled to the rising and falling waves of applause from that invisible multitude in which these ancient walls were islanded.


19 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara

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Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom) wears Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, borrowed from her mother, on her wedding day in November 1947; read all about the tiara over here!


Jewels in Motion: Diamonds, A Jubilee Celebration

Caroline de Guitaut curates the "Diamonds: A Jubilee Celebration" exhibit at Buckingham Palace, June 2012 (Bethany Clarke/Getty Images

Five years ago, the exhibition space at Buckingham Palace glittered with more than ten thousand diamonds, all set in priceless pieces of jewelry that belong to Queen Elizabeth II. Today, I've got a view of the exhibition for you -- and since it's in GIF form, you'll feel like you're really there!

18 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II wears the Vladimir Tiara with Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace, Queen Alexandra's Wedding Brooch, and the Duchess of Gloucester's Pendant Earrings at the Palace of Versailles during a state visit to France, May 1972; much more on the tiara over here!


The Queen Anne and Queen Caroline Pearl Necklaces

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Our month-long focus on Queen Elizabeth II's wedding gift jewelry arrives today at two pieces with serious British royal history: the Queen Anne and Queen Caroline Pearl Necklaces.


17 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II wears the Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara during the Mexican state visit, March 2009; learn about the evolving aquamarine parure over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: November 10-17


November 10-17, 2017

It was an incredibly busy royal week, and it was a major challenge to narrow down the week's best jewels! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Princess Marie of Denmark visited her native France on Wednesday, wearing a pair of pave-set diamond disk earrings with an embellished coat to switch on Christmas lights in Paris.

16 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Belgian Sapphire Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Belgian Sapphire Tiara at the annual diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace in December 2016; more on the tiara over here!


Bejeweled Close-Ups: The Greville Tiara

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Way back in the days of Mad Hattery, I nicknamed this glittering sparkler "The Mighty Bouch." It's easy to see why -- the sparkle from this thing packs quite the punch! Most of us used to call it "the Boucheron Honeycomb Tiara," but in 2012, we learned that the royal family simply calls it "the Greville Tiara." Either way, it's impressive -- and even more so when you view it close up!


15 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik

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Queen Elizabeth II wears Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik with the Coronation Necklace and earrings and one of Queen Victoria's Bow Brooches during the 1954 tour of Australia; read more about the tiara's fascinating history over here!


Jewel History: Rich Materials for Princess's Wedding Dress (1947)

Detail of Hartnell's sketch of Princess Elizabeth's wedding dress (Central Press/Getty Images)

"Rich Materials for Princess's Wedding Dress"
(originally appeared in the Nanaimo Daily Free Press, 11 Oct 1947)

LONDON -- On a red satin settee and a leopard skin rug in the lush, empire-style "designing room" of the royal couturier, Norman Hartnell [1], lie the two top-secret breathtaking bales of material of Princess Elizabeth's wedding dress and going-away outfits.


14 November 2017

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

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Queen Elizabeth II wears the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara with the Coronation Necklace and Earrings and Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Brooch during a visit to Sierra Leone in December 1961; read all about the tiara over here!


Queen Rania Shines at Parliament

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Queen Rania of Jordan was in the capital city of Amman on Sunday to attend the opening of the ordinary session of parliament. For the occasion, she combined businesswear with sparkling jewels.


13 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara with Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace and one of Queen Mary's Chain Link Bracelets during a visit to India in 1960; learn more about the tiara, most recently worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, over here!


Katherine of Serbia's Diamond and Pearl Tiara

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Katherine of Serbia, the wife of Crown Prince Alexander, may not have a throne, but her husband's royal family ties mean that she often attends tiara events. To celebrate her birthday, we're taking a look at one of the small tiaras that she has worn on these occasions.


12 November 2017

Remembrance Sunday Jewels 2017

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The British royal family gathered in London today to mark Remembrance Sunday, with solemn ceremonies dedicated to those who have honored the nation with their military service, as well as those who have given their lives for their country.


The Daily Diadam: Farah Pahlavi's Turquoise Tiara



Farah Pahlavi, the last Empress of Iran, wears her diamond and turquoise tiara and coordinating jewels in an official portrait; the tiara was left behind when the family went into exile, and its whereabouts are apparently unknown


Jewels in Motion: Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris

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In 2012, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris hosted an exhibition of iconic jewels made by Van Cleef and Arpels, including several royal pieces. Today, we've got a front-row seat to the show -- in motion!

11 November 2017

Festival of Remembrance Jewels 2017

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Ahead of tomorrow's Remembrance Sunday commemorations, the British royal family gathered at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the annual Festival of Remembrance.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Fawzia's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Fawzia, the Egyptian princess who became the first wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran, wears her diamond and platinum tiara in a portrait; the whereabouts of the tiara, which was made by Van Cleef and Arpels and given to Fawzia by her family as a wedding present, are apparently unknown


The Nizam of Hyderabad Suite

The Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara and Necklace among Elizabeth's wedding gifts

This month, we're spending our Saturdays with some of the glittering wedding gifts presented to Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom when she married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. Today, we've got a sparkling suite of diamond jewels from Cartier, the princess's gift from the Nizam of Hyderabad.

10 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: Princess Shahnaz's Emerald Tiara



Princess Shahnaz of Iran, the eldest child of the last Shah of Iran, wears her Van Cleef and Arpels tiara set with diamonds and nine large emeralds; the tiara now resides in the Central Bank in Tehran with the rest of the country's crown jewels


This Week in Royal Jewels: November 3-9


November 3-9, 2017

Royal tours and state visits continued this week, and we've got lots of sparkle in our countdown! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. For the Place2Be School Leaders Forum in London on Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge wore her Mappin and Webb Empress Earrings. (More over here!)

09 November 2017

Kate Recycles for Place2Be

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The Duchess of Cambridge was in London on Wednesday to attend the annual Place2Be School Leaders Forum. Rather than debuting new jewels, she stuck with familiar pieces for the outing.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Tadj's Tiara

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Queen Tadj, mother of the last Shah of Iran, wears a tiara with scallop motifs in a portrait; the tiara is apparently now part of the crown jewel collection currently held at the Central Bank in Tehran


Jewel History: Romania's King to Slip Iron Curtain for Wedding (1947)

King Michael of Romania, ca. 1947 (Wikimedia Commons)

"Romania's King to Slip Iron Curtain for Wedding"
(originally appeared in the Winnipeg Tribune, 1 November 1947)

LONDON, Nov. 1 -- The only reigning monarch behind Europe's iron curtain, King Michael of Romania [1], is flying to London to be a guest at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.



This was announced Friday. Two other European sovereigns so far have accepted invitations to be present. They are the kings of Norway [2] and Denmark [3]. Queens of Greece [4] and Denmark [5] will also be present. Princess Juliana [6], who recently assumed office as regent of the Netherlands, while her mother, Queen Wilhelmina [7], is resting to restore her health, will go to London with her husband, Prince Bernhard [8].

08 November 2017

Royal Rubies at the British Museum

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Queen Elizabeth II popped over to the British Museum this morning for the reopening of the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia, and she brought a royal ruby flower along with her.

The Daily Diadem: The Seven Emeralds Tiara

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Farah Pahlavi, the former Empress of Iran, wears the Seven Emeralds Tiara in an official portrait, ca. 1962; the tiara now resides in the Central Bank in Tehran with the rest of the nation's crown jewels


Return Dinner Diamonds for Letizia

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For the return dinner during the Israeli state visit, Queen Letizia of Spain wore a pair of diamond earrings with major family status.

07 November 2017

New Diamonds for Kate!

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The Duchess of Cambridge attended a gala dinner for the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families at the Orangery at Kensington Palace on Tuesday evening, and she brought along both borrowed and new diamonds.


State Dinner Jewels in Spain

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain hosted Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and his wife, Nechama Rivlin, for a state dinner in Madrid on Monday evening. Here's a look at Letizia's sparkling jewels for the evening.


The Daily Diadem: Princess Soraya's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Soraya of Iran, the second wife of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, wears an intricate diamond tiara in a portrait, ca. 1956; the tiara, which was later worn by other members of the imperial family, is now housed in the Central Bank in Tehran with the rest of the Iranian crown jewels


Jewels on Film: The Crown Season 2 Extended Trailer


On Monday, Netflix released an extended trailer for the upcoming second season of The Crown, which debuts on December 8. We've got some repeated jewels presented from trailer #1, but we've also got two excellent bejeweled surprises! (I recapped the first season, and you can read all of my posts on the series here; I'll also be recapping the jewels and the historical oopsies presented in season two!)

(Oh, and one more note: clicking on the photos in this post should enlarge them, allowing you an even closer inspection of each jewel!)


06 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Noor-ol-Ain Tiara

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Farah Pahlavi, the former Empress of Iran, wears the Noor-ol-Ain Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1959; read more about the tiara over here!


More Diamonds for Camilla in Malaysia

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As their royal tour of Asia continued this weekend, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a dinner at the Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Friday celebrating sixty years of diplomatic ties between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.


05 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: "Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara"


As Princess Elizabeth in The Crown, Claire Foy wears a replica of Elizabeth's wedding jewels, including Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara; read about the genuine tiara over here!


Jewels in Motion: "The Ageless Diamond"



In 1959, Christie's in London held a magnificent exhibition, "The Ageless Diamond," featuring numerous pieces with royal and noble provenance. Today, I've got some incredibly sparkly footage from the exhibition for you to marvel at. Enjoy!

04 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: "The George IV Diamond Diadem"


As Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience, Kristin Scott Thomas wears a replica of the Diamond Diadem; read more about this heirloom crown over here!


The Greville Ruby Necklace

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Seventy years ago, Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom received a treasure trove of wedding gifts. Among them was this unusual diamond and ruby necklace, which we're calling the Greville Ruby Necklace.


03 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: "Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara"


As Princess Margaret in The Crown, Vanessa Kirby (unusually) wears a replica of Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara; learn about the real tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: October 27-November 2


October 27-November 2, 2017

Royal tours supplied significant royal sparkle for us this week -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. The Duchess of Cambridge wore her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings, featuring a white topaz surrounded by diamonds, with a paper poppy for Tuesday's visit to the National Tennis Centre in London.

02 November 2017

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


As Queen Victoria in Victoria, Jenna Coleman (anachronistically) wears a (half) replica version of the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara; compare it with the real deal over here!


Jewel History: Princess Elizabeth Gets Ancient Order of Garter (1947)

Princess Elizabeth wears the Order of the Garter, ca. 1950 (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

"Princess Elizabeth Gets Ancient Order of Garter"
(originally appeared in the Winnipeg Tribune, 12 Nov 1947)

London, Nov. 12 -- Buckingham Palace announced Tuesday night that the King [1] has made Princess Elizabeth [2] a Lady of the Order of the Garter [3].


01 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: "Queen Victoria's Small Diamond Crown"


As Queen Victoria in Victoria and Abdul, Judi Dench wears a replica of the small diamond crown without its arches (plus the Coronatin Earrings and Necklace and the Koh-i-Noor Brooch); compare it with the real crown over here!