23 May 2018

On the Block: The Farnese Blue Diamond

The Farnese Blue Diamond is shown during an auction preview at Sotheby's in London, 6 April 2018 (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby's)

In the middle of all of last week's royal wedding hoopla, a major royal jewel auction took place at Sotheby's in Geneva. An important gray-blue diamond, the Farnese Blue, was sold after centuries in royal hands.


22 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Mabel's Wedding Tiara

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Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau wears a family heirloom tiara set with large diamonds on her wedding day in Delft, 24 April 2004; see more images of the tiara over here!


Birthday Celebration Jewels at Buckingham Palace

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration, 22 May 2018 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Buckingham Palace this morning for the Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration. Here's a look at the jewels that Camilla and Meghan wore for the big bash.


Jewel History: Aristocratic Primrose Diamonds (1898)

The Boucheron-made diamond tiara that belonged to Consuelo Vanderbilt during her tenure as Duchess of Marlborough; read more about the piece over here

"The Duchess of Marlborough's Recent Reception"
(originally appeared in the New York Times, 22 May 1898)

The Duchess of Marlborough's [1] recent reception at the Grafton Galleries [2] proved a fashionable affair. The pretty rooms were at their best and full of flowers, as well as of pretty and smart people.

The Duchess wore primrose satin in honor of the day [3], and a knot of pink malmaisons; on her head was a crown of diamonds, and a zone of the same stones clasped her waist, while strings of pearls fell around her neck, beneath a deep collar of pearls. Near her was Lady Blandford [4], not in her usual gray, but in heliotrope velvet worn over pink and softened with an edge of chinchilla, and Lady Norah Churchill [5] was in white satin, with lilies of the valley.


21 May 2018

Royal Jewels at the Chelsea Flower Show

The Countess of Wessex attends the Chelsea Flower Show press preview, 21 May 2018 (Chris Jackson - WPA Rota/Getty Images)

After the excitement of last weekend's royal wedding, the British royals attended a calmer annual engagement: the Press Day preview of the Chelsea Flower Show. Unsurprisingly, we had a few floral jewels on display.


Official Sussex Wedding Photos

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Kensington Palace has just released a trio of official photographs from this weekend's royal wedding, including the family photograph above, which features the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Doria Ragland, and the rest of the couple's bridesmaids and pageboys.


The Daily Diadem: Princess Claire's Wedding Tiara

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Princess Claire of Belgium wears a small diamond tiara on her wedding day in Brussels, 12 April 2003; read more about the tiara over here!


Royal Jewel Rewind: Felipe and Letizia's Pre-Wedding Gala, Part 2 (2004)

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Here's the second half of our flashback to the jewels worn at King Felipe and Queen Letizia's pre-wedding gala, held fourteen years ago today at the Royal Palace of El Pardo! (Head over here to catch up if you missed part one!)


Royal Jewel Rewind: Felipe and Letizia's Pre-Wedding Gala, Part 1 (2004)

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We've been awash in British royal wedding bliss over the past few days, but today, we're hopping in our time machine and turning the clock back fourteen years, to survey the jewels worn at the gala held the night before King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain's royal wedding. Here's the first part of our royal jewel flashback -- stop back later today for part two!


20 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Mitsukoshi Emerald and Diamond Tiara



A diamond and emerald tiara is displayed at the flagship Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo, 28 November 2006; the tiara, set with 19.65ct emeralds and 62.44ct diamonds, went on sale on 2 January 2007 for 50 million yen (which was around 420,000 USD)


The Dorset Bow Brooch

Queen Elizabeth II wears the Dorset Bow Brooch at the Royal Film Performance, 27 October 1952 (Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

It's difficult to think of a modern royal who has a collection of brooches as vast as the one that belongs to Queen Elizabeth II. While some see these small baubles as old-fashioned relics of the past, Elizabeth continues to wear brooches as a part of her daily uniform. She uses them to remember special occasions, to recognize history, and to acknowledge contributions. The brooches might not be very big, but they pack a major symbolic punch. Today's brooch, the Dorset Bow Brooch, is one that has been in HM's jewelry box for nearly seven decades.


19 May 2018

The Duchess of Sussex's Wedding Reception Jewels

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The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a costume change after their wedding breakfast at Windsor Castle, swapping out their wedding duds for evening attire -- and a very sentimental piece of jewelry!


Bejeweled Close-Ups: Meghan's Wedding Tiara

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The Royal Collection Trust has generously provided hi-res handout photographs of Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau, which the new Duchess of Sussex wore this morning for her wedding. You know what that means -- it's bejeweled close-up time!

Royal Jewels at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Wedding

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The Windsors showed up in droves today at St. George's Chapel to watch the Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchange vows and rings. Here's a look at the jewels that the royals wore for the big celebration!


The Duchess of Sussex's Bridal Jewels

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are officially married, so it's time to marvel at the sparkle of the new Duchess of Sussex's wedding jewels!


Royal Wedding Live Post!

Royal wedding souvenirs are displayed in Windsor, May 2018 (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Morning, magpies! I'm scheduling this post so that it will be published at midnight (central time) as usual on the day of the royal wedding. It's finally here! We're going to use this post as a place where you can discuss the wedding as it happens.

18 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara

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Zara Phillips wears Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara at her wedding to Mike Tindall, July 2011; read more about her great-grandmother's tiara over here!


Get ready -- our Court Jeweller royal wedding live post launches in 12 hours! Let us know in the comments if you'll be watching the wedding here with your fellow magpies!


This Week in Royal Jewels: May 11-17


May 11-17, 2018

While the world's been consumed with royal wedding fever, the rest of the royals have still been out wearing jewelry! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau chose dark earrings and a delicate necklace for the Red Ribbon Concert organized by the AIDS2018 organizations in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

17 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Halo Tiara

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Catherine Middleton wears the Cartier Halo Tiara at her wedding to the Duke of Cambridge, April 2011; read more about the tiara over here!


Meghan Markle's Best Jewelry Moments

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announce their engagement, 27 November 2017 (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

In a few days, Meghan Markle will become a member of the royal family, and her access to impressive pieces of jewelry will skyrocket. Before she takes the plunge, though, let's look back at some of her best pre-wedding jewelry moments!

16 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Frederick's Wedding Tiara

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Sophie Winkleman wears a tiara and (a matching comb attachment for her veil) at her wedding to Lord Frederick Windsor, September 2009; I don't think we've ever heard any additional information about either jewel


The Top Ten: British Royal Wedding Tiaras

Counting down our top ten British royal wedding tiaras (Chris Jackson/Getty Images, AFP/Getty Images, DYLAN MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

As Saturday approaches, royal watchers' eyes are primed to see which tiara -- if any! -- Meghan Markle may choose to wear with her bridal ensemble. While we speculate over the possibilities, I've compiled my list of the top ten tiaras worn by British royal brides. Please share your own top ten lists in the comments below!


15 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Iveagh Tiara

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Lady Rose Windsor wears the Iveagh Tiara at her wedding to George Gilman, July 2008; read more about the tiara's history over here!


Royal Brides at St. George's Chapel

William Powell Frith's painting of the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales at St. George's Chapel, 1863 (Wikimedia Commons)

On Saturday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will become the latest in a long line of royal couples married at St. George's Chapel, the castle chapel of Windsor Castle. The chapel is a special spot: it's the chapel of the Order of the Garter, and it's also a royal peculiar, which means it's under the direct jurisdiction of the monarch, not a particular diocese. Although it's officially titled a "chapel," the building is huge, seating hundreds of people, and it houses the burial places of numerous monarchs and royals. Today, we're looking at the royal (and almost-royal) weddings that have taken place within the chapel's walls.


14 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Anne's Festoon Tiara

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Autumn Kelly wears Princess Anne's Festoon Tiara at her wedding to Peter Phillips, May 2008; learn more about the tiara, a loan from her mother-in-law, here!


Colorful Royal Wedding Tiaras

Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy and Clotilde Courau leave the church after their wedding in Rome, September 2003 (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

One of my suggestions for a bridal tiara for Meghan Markle, the Queen Mother's Cartier Bandeau, can be worn in settings featuring rubies, emeralds, or sapphires. If she chooses a colorful sparkler for her royal wedding day, she'd be joining an exclusive club of royal brides. Here's a look at some of the most colorful tiaras worn by royal brides.


13 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Countess of Ulster's Wedding Tiara

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Claire Booth wears a diamond tiara at her wedding to the Earl of Ulster, June 2002; the tiara apparently comes from the collection of her mother-in-law, the Duchess of Gloucester


The Queen's Wedding Brooches

Queen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, April 2011 (SUZANNE PLUNKETT/AFP/Getty Images)

When Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle on Saturday, one of the most honored guests in attendance will be his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. In anticipation of the coming wedding, we've got a look at some of the brooches and jewels worn by the Queen at royal and noble weddings she's attended over the course of her reign so far.


12 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Wessex Wedding Tiara

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Sophie Rhys-Jones wears the Wessex Wedding Tiara at her wedding to the Earl of Wessex, June 1999; read more about the tiara over here!


The Luxembourg Chaumet Choker Tiara

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg attends a pre-wedding reception for her son, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, October 2012 (Guy Wolff/Grand-Ducal Court of Luxembourg via Getty Images)

If you ask me, one of the best things a tiara can be is versatile. A piece that can be worn in multiple configurations automatically increases its value to the wearer significantly, allowing it to be used in different ways for different occasions. Today’s tiara is just such a piece: the convertible pearl and diamond necklace/tiara, is worn by Maria Teresa, the current Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.


11 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Snowdon Floral Tiara

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Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones wears the Snowdon Floral Tiara at her wedding to Daniel Chatto, July 1994; the tiara is made of diamond floral brooches given by Sarah's father to her mother, Princess Margaret


This Week in Royal Jewels: May 4-10


May 4-10, 2018

Pearls, diamonds, and gold dominated the royal jewelry landscape this week. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wore her signature golden earrings during a visit to a secondary school in Brussels on Tuesday.

10 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Lotus Flower Tiara

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The Hon. Serena Stanhope wears the Lotus Flower Tiara at her wedding to Viscount Linley (now the 2nd Earl of Snowdon), October 1993; read more about the tiara over here!


Bejeweled Close-Ups: The Henckel von Donnersmarck Tiara

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May's birthstone is the gorgeous, grassy green emerald. Today we're taking a closer look -- literally! -- at one of the most valuable emerald tiaras every created: the Henckel von Donnersmarck Tiara.


09 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Kent Pearl Fringe Tiara

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Lady Helen Windsor wears the Kent Pearl Fringe Tiara at her wedding to Timothy Verner Taylor, July 1992; the tiara may be a reworked version of her mother's wedding tiara


Jewel History: Exquisitely Simple Detail in Princess's Wedding Dress (1960)

Antony Armstrong-Jones, Princess Margaret, and their wedding party, including Princess Anne and Dr. Roger Gilliatt, pose for an official wedding portrait at Buckingham Palace, May 1960 (Getty Images)

"Exquisitely Simple Detail in Princess's Wedding Dress"
(originally published in the Nanaimo Daily News, 6 May 1960)

Princess Margaret [1] was an all-white bride today in a beautiful dress of white silk organza and carrying a bouquet of white orchids.

The dress she wore for her marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones [2] probably was the simplest royal wedding gown ever in terms of embroidery and other trimmings. Its only trimming was rouleau piping in the same white silk organza from which the whole dress is made. This time royal dressmaker Norman Hartnell [3] added no pearls, no rhinestones, no sequins.


08 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The York Diamond Tiara

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Sarah Ferguson wears the York Diamond Tiara at her wedding to the Duke of York, July 1986; read more about the tiara over here!


Heavenly Bodies: Met Gala Jewels 2018

Blake Lively attends the 2018 Met Gala in New York (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

We're interrupting our recent royal wedding anticipation with breaking tiara news from across the pond! On Monday, New York celebrated the worlds of art and fashion at the annual Met Costume Institute Gala. This year's theme, "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination," meant that we had lots of inventive jewels -- especially tiaras, crosses, and halos! -- on display.

07 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Spencer Tiara

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Lady Diana Spencer wears the Spencer Tiara at her wedding to the Prince of Wales, July 1981; read more about the tiara over here!


British Royal Wedding Earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge wears diamond acorn earrings on her wedding day, April 2011 (Paul Hackett - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

We spend a lot of time around these parts talking about tiaras worn for royal weddings. But bridal diadems aren't the only jewelry pieces showcased during wedding ceremonies: royal brides often wear impressive and important earrings for their special moment, too. Here's a look at a selection of significant earrings worn by British royal brides.


06 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Kent City of London Fringe Tiara

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Marie Christine von Reibnitz wears the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara at the ball held after her civil wedding to Prince Michael of Kent, June 1978; read more about the tiara here!


The Queen Mother's Modern Emerald Floral Brooch

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The Queen Mother's brooch collection was extensive, but toward the end of her life, she tended to wear mostly a few favorite pieces. One of them was today's brooch, her modern floral diamond and emerald brooch.


05 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara

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Princess Anne of the United Kingdom wears Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara at her wedding to Captain Mark Phillips, November 1973; read more about the tiara over here!


Grand Duchess Ella's Emerald Kokoshnik

Maria Pavlovna the Younger wears her Aunt Ella's emerald set (Wikimedia Commons)

One of the most easily-recognizable tiara styles from the late nineteenth century is the kokoshnik. The halo-shaped tiaras were designed to mimic the headdresses worn by Russian women, and accordingly, they were popularized by the women of the Romanov court. Today's striking diamond and emerald kokoshnik started off in imperial Russia, but the upheavals of 20th century history led it on a very interesting journey.


04 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Kent City of London Fringe Tiara

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Princess Alexandra of Kent wears her mother's Kent City of London Fringe Tiara at her wedding to the Hon. Angus Ogilvy, April 1963; read more about the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: April 27-May 3


April 27-May 3, 2018

After last week's jewelry bonanza, we've got a quieter week of royal baubles to enjoy. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore silver jewels, including delicate bracelets, to celebrate the 72nd birthday of her father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, on Monday.

03 May 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau

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Katharine Worsley wears Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau at her wedding to the Duke of Kent, June 1961; read more about the tiara over here!