30 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Brunswick Tiara

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Princess Viktoria Luise of Hanover, Duchess of Brunswick (born Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia) wears the Brunswick Tiara in a portrait painted by Gustav Rienaecker, ca. 1913; read more about this intriguing tiara over here!

The Best of The Court Jeweller: Royal Citrines and Topazes

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As an exciting royal November draws to a close, we've got one more celebration of the month's warm, cozy birthstone. Royals love citrines and yellow topazes, as you can see from the numerous posts we've written about those jewels over the past three years. Here's a roundup of some of the best!

29 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Meander Kokoshnik

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Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia, pictured with Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, wears the Prussian Meander Kokoshnik at her wedding to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, May 1938; read more about the lengthy history of this tiara over here!

Tourmaline Tuesday for the Queen


Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom was a busy bee on Tuesday, hosting a foreign president for lunch and holding diplomatic audiences at Buckingham Palace -- and she wore one of her most modern, colorful brooches for the day.

Markle Sparkle: Meghan's Opal Earrings

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We've all (appropriately) been paying attention to the diamond engagement ring that Meghan Markle debuted at Kensington Palace on Monday, but the ring wasn't her only piece of jewelry at the photocall. Here's a look at the petite earrings that Meghan wore for the couple's big moment.

28 November 2017

Sapphires for Kate at the Foundling Museum

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Amid all the royal engagement excitement, the Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in London on Tuesday morning for an engagement of her own at the Foundling Museum.

The Daily Diadem: The Wellington Tiara

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The Duchess of Wellington, born Princess Antonia of Prussia, wears the family's diamond tiara for the Waterloo Banquet at Apsley House, June 2015; more on the event (and the tiara!) over here!

New Harry and Meghan Wedding Details!

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Yesterday, we got an official announcement, photos, an interview, and a big ol' diamond ring, and now today, we know a lot more about when and where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding will take place.

State Visit Jewels: Luxembourg's Visit to Japan


Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg arrived in Tokyo on Monday for a state visit, and we've got all of the royal and imperial jewels from day one for your viewing pleasure! (Please note: some of the GIFs in this post feature flash photography.)

27 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Tiara

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Queen Letizia of Spain, then Princess of Asturias, wears the Prussian Tiara with a suite of diamond jewels at a gala dinner for the Hungarian president, January 2005; more on the tiara over here!

Prince Harry and Meghan Are Engaged!


Break out the champagne, magpies: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially engaged! I'll be updating this post throughout the day as we get more information on the ring and the proposal, but feel free to use this post for discussion as events happen!

Queen Maxima's Citrines


She's a member of the House of Orange, so it's very appropriate that Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears an extensive collection of jewelry set with orange gemstones. It's said that these pieces are made of citrines, though it wouldn't surprise me if there are a few orange topazes sprinkled throughout. Here's a look at some of her sparkling citrine jewels.

26 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Milford Haven Kokoshnik


A museum-goer views the gold, diamond, and ruby Milford Haven Kokoshnik on display at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, March 2004; the tiara, which once belonged to Nada Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven, may have been sold by the family sometime after the exhibition

Jewels in Motion: Jewels of the Romanovs (1997)

Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and his wife, Valentina, join Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore for a tour of the "Jewels of the Romanovs" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, February 1997 (JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

To wrap up our month-long peek into various jewel exhibitions, we're traveling to Washington, D.C., for the landmark Romanov display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art two decades ago. Enjoy a little bit of the experience for your self -- in motion!

25 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Indian Ruby, Lasque, and Pearl Tiara

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The Indian Ruby, Lasque, and Pearl Tiara, which has been in the Royal Collection since the 1920s, belonged to Queen Victoria and the Duchess of Albany; learn more about it over here!

The Baden Fringe Tiara

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With the Nobels coming soon in all their glittering glory, what better way to spend a Saturday than with one of the Swedish royal family's most recognizable tiaras? Today, we're looking at the history of one of Crown Princess Victoria's favorite sparklers, the Baden Fringe Tiara.

24 November 2017

Frosty Sparkles for Kate at the Royal Variety Performance


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out in London on Friday night to attend the annual Royal Variety Performance, and Kate chose head-to-toe sparkle for the event.

The Daily Diadem: The Cameo Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the Cameo Tiara and jewels from the coordinating married parure at the Nobel Prize Ceremony, December 2005; read much more about the cameos over here!

Sparkling Swedish Jewels (And a Tiara Surprise!)

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The Bernadottes were out in force on Thursday for two glittering events -- and one of them brought us a majorly surprising tiara moment.

Upcoming Royal Events


Because of the holiday here in America, we're delaying our weekly jewel roundup until next Friday, when we'll have a supersized version. Instead, it's time for an overview of some of the big events coming up on the royal calendar. Here are some of the royal occasions you can look forward to over the next few weeks...

23 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Citrine and Pearl Bandeau

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the tiara and jewels from the family's citrine/topaz and pearl suite at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013; read more about this parure over here!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm joining my fellow Americans in taking today off to enjoy spending time with family and eating way too much food -- but I did schedule a glittering Daily Diadem post for you to enjoy later in the day. (I mean, who can go an entire day without sparkle, right?)

I'm incredibly thankful that so many of you take time out of your busy lives to read and enjoy the posts and articles on this site. Thanks so much for your expertise, your kindness, and your enthusiasm! I'll be raising my glass in your honor today!

Ella Kay

22 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: The Modern Gold Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears her Modern Gold Tiara with its coordinating jewels during a visit to Germany, October 2007; read more about the set over here!

Jewels of Monaco's National Day


On Sunday, the Monegasque princely family celebrated the principality's national day with patriotic day and evening festivities.

21 November 2017

The Daily Diadem: Queen Marie's Golden Cross Diadem

Queen Maria of Yugoslavia wears the Golden Cross Diadem that belonged to her mother, Queen Marie of Romania, ca. 1922; the tiara now lives in a museum in Oplenac, the church and mausoleum associated with Serbia's former royal family

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

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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!


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)

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"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


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


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


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