22 November 2018

This Week in Royal Jewels: November 16-21


November 16-21, 2018

Today is Thanksgiving here in the USA, and to show how thankful I am for all of you, I'm bringing you this week's royal jewel review a day early! Don't forget to vote for your favorite pieces in the poll below!


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20. The Duchess of Sussex wore small bar earrings and a ring with the word "love" on her right hand for a visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen in London on Wednesday.


21 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Van Cleef and Arpels Mystery Floral Tiara

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears a diamond tiara on loan from Van Cleef and Arpels for the Centenary Ball in Monte-Carlo, May 1966; the tiara is often (incorrectly) said to have been Empress Josephine's coronation tiara -- you can read more about the provenance questions over here!


Diamonds and Rubies for the Queen in London

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on Tuesday, but the monarch didn't get the day off. Instead, she was out and about in diamonds and rubies in London.


The Portuguese Tiarapedia Is Here!

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Our project to update and expand the Tiarapedia, the original online encyclopedia of royal tiaras, continues this week with a look at a collection of sparklers owned by the Portuguese pretenders.


20 November 2018

State Banquet Jewels in Belgium

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President Emmanuel Macron of France and his wife, Brigitte, are currently in Belgium for a two-day state visit. Here's a look at the sparkling jewels they wore for their first day of engagements, including the glittering state banquet!


The Daily Diadem: Princess Grace's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears her diamond tiara for a gala performance in Paris, April 1967; learn more about the tiara here!


Jewels of Monaco's National Day 2018

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The Grimaldis of Monaco celebrated the principality's National Day on Monday, and the ladies of the family brought out some lovely jewels for both the day and evening celebrations.


19 November 2018

Princess Theodora Is Engaged!

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, ca. 2014 (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

On Friday, the former Greek royal family announced some exciting news: Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark is engaged to be married!


The Daily Diadem: The Bains de Mer Tiara

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears the Bains de Mer Tiara at the gala held the night before her religious wedding ceremony, April 1956; more on the tiara here, and more on the party over here!


The Most Expensive Jewels from the Bourbon-Parma Auction

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On Wednesday, Sotheby's in Geneva sold a hundred lots of jewelry from the House of Bourbon-Parma, including impeccable pieces with eye-popping royal provenance. Here's a look at the ten highest-grossing lots from the sale!


18 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara

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Annemarie Gualtherie van Weezel wears the pearl setting of the Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara for her wedding to Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma in Brussels, November 2010; more on the fascinating history of the tiara over here!


The Duchess of Cornwall's Citrine Art Deco Brooch

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The Duchess of Cornwall's brooch collection includes an incredible range of pieces, including the autumnal brooch we're featuring today: her Art Deco-style brooch set with citrines.


17 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Margaretha's Floral Tiara

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Princess Margrethe of Bourbon-Parma wears a diamond floral tiara loaned by her sister-in-law, Princess Margaretha of Denmark, for the annual dinner and dance of the Anglo Danish Society in London, October 1966; more on this tiara over here!


The Habsburg Fringe Tiara

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With a name like "the Habsburg Fringe Tiara," you'd be forgiven for thinking that this tiara was a part of the collection of the former imperial family of Austria. But this particular fringe now belongs to another group of royals: the princely family of Liechtenstein. Let's have a look at their intriguing imperial tiara, shall we?


16 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara

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Viktoria Cservenyak wears the Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara for her wedding to Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Parma in Apeldoorn, October 2013; more about the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: November 9-15


November 9-15, 2018

It's been a busy royal week, and our weekly jewel review is bursting at the seams with sparkle! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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30. For Saturday's Festival of Remembrance, the Duchess of Sussex wore delicate diamond climber earrings. (More over here!)


15 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: Empress Zita's Wedding Tiara

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Princess Zita of Bourbon-Parma wears a diamond tiara at her wedding to the future Emperor Karl I of Austria-Hungary, October 1911; learn more about the tiara here!


Jewels for Prince Charles's 70th Birthday

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The Prince of Wales celebrated his 70th birthday on Wednesday with a day full of engagements, and the women in his life brought out some major jewelry for the occasion.


14 November 2018

Italian State Visit Jewels in Sweden

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On Tuesday, the Swedish royal family welcomed the President of Italy to Stockholm for a state visit. Here's a look at the jewels worn on the visit's first day -- including three glittering tiaras!


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara

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Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma wears the Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara on her wedding day in Florence, June 2012; learn more about the tiara over here!


Bejeweled Prince of Wales Feathers

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The Prince of Wales celebrates his seventieth birthday today, and to mark the milestone, we're devoting today's above-the-fold post to a trio of jewels featuring the symbol of his title: Prince of Wales Feathers.


13 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Romanian Greek Key Tiara

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Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma wears the Romanian Greek Key Tiara at her wedding to King Michael of Romania. June 1948; learn more about the tiara here!


The Greek Tiarapedia Is Here!

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The newest section of the Tiarapedia has officially arrived, and it's packed with tiaras that still belong to the members of the former Greek royal family. Thanks to their stellar royal family connections, these diadems are still sparkling decades after their owners were dethroned.


12 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Bourbon-Parma Tiara

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Princess Irene of the Netherlands wears the Bourbon-Parma Tiara for her wedding to Prince Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma in Rome, April 1964; learn more about the tiara's fate here!


11 November 2018

Armistice Jewels at Westminster Abbey

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The British royals wrapped up their commemorations of the centenary of the World War I armistice on Sunday with one more event: a service at Westminster Abbey. The location was especially fitting, as the Abbey houses the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, an unidentified soldier who perished on a European battlefield during the First World War.


Remembrance Sunday Jewels 2018

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This morning, the British royal family gathered in London for the annual memorial at the Cenotaph honoring fallen members of the military. This year's commemorations were held exactly a century after the end of the First World War, adding an extra touch of poignancy to the moving memorial.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Ena's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears "La Buena" -- Queen Ena's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara -- for a gala dinner in Madrid in honor of the President of Mexico, June 2014; much more on the tiara over here!


10 November 2018

Festival of Remembrance Jewels 2018

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On Saturday evening, the senior members of the British royal family gathered at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance. This year, the event was even more special than usual, as it commemorated the end of World War I a century ago.


The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Shell Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Mellerio Shell Tiara for a gala dinner in Madrid honoring the President and First Lady of Brazil, July 2003; more on this artistic diadem over here!


On the Block: A Trio of Bourbon-Parma Tiaras

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As next week's magnificent Bourbon-Parma royal jewel sale approaches, today we've got a closer look at the three tiaras included in the auction at Sotheby's.

09 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara for an official dinner in Madrid in honor of the President of Russia, February 2006; more on the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: November 2-8


November 2-8, 2018

We've got lots of daytime sparkles on the menu this week -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Camilla chose gold and diamond earrings, layered gold necklaces, and her poppy brooch for Monday's Women of the World Roundtable at the British Council in Accra, Ghana.


08 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Diamond Loop Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Cartier Diamond Loop Tiara for a gala dinner in Madrid in honor of the King of Saudi Arabia, June 2007; learn more about the tiara's history over here!


Marie Antoinette's Pearl Parure

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The print and online catalogues for next week's landmark Bourbon-Parma jewelry auction are officially up, and we've finally got more information on a set of jewels I've been very curious about: the pearl suite that belonged to Marie Antoinette.


07 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Niarchos Ruby Bandeau

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Niarchos Ruby Bandeau and its accompanying jewels for a gala dinner in Madrid in honor of President Sarkozy of France, April 2009; more on the suite here!


Modern Sparkle for Queen Rania

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Queen Rania of Jordan was in Germany on Monday, and she brought some of her edgy, modern jewels along with her for the trip.


State Banquet Jewels for Camilla in Accra

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are currently on a visit to several African nations, and on Monday, their tour program included a state dinner in Ghana.


06 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Floral Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears her diamond floral tiara for an official dinner in honor of President Kwasniewski of Poland, September 2003; learn more about the heirloom tiara here!


Gift Gala Glitter for Princess Beatrice

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Princess Beatrice of York was in London on Friday to attend the Global Gift Gala, and she continued her recent jewelry renaissance for the event.


The Jordanian Tiarapedia Has Arrived!

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Our Tiarapedia journey through the royal tiara collections of the world has arrived in Amman, where the royal women of Jordan wear a variety of fascinating sparklers.


05 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Prussian Tiara to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, June 2006; more on the tiara over here!


Princess Grace's Wedding Gift Pearls

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Our November Magpie of the Month is a woman who comes from a principality that celebrates its national holiday this month. The late Princess Grace of Monaco had a jewelry collection that was perfect for a woman who was both a princess and a movie star. Among all of the diamond glitter, though, she owned a few quieter pieces, including the lovely diamond and pearl suite we're discussing today.

04 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Wurttemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Wurttemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara for her wedding to Prince Claus in Amsterdam, March 1966; learn more about the versatile sparkler over here!


The Duchess of Cornwall's Topaz and Diamond Ribbon Brooch

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November babies are blessed with a vivid birthstone that shines in several shades, including deep orange and bright yellow. Today, we've got a closer look at a diamond and topaz brooch from the collection of the Duchess of Cornwall.

03 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Braganza Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the Braganza Tiara and the Russian Pink Topazes as she dances with King Carl XVI Gustaf during a wedding reception for their daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, June 2010; more on the tiara over here and the pink topaz suite over here!


The Nuits Claires Tiara

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We long lamented the lack of tiaras in the jewelry box of Princess Marie of Denmark, but this year, she added a third piece to her sparkler rotation: the Nuits Claires Tiara. Thanks to a generous reader, we have some new close-up views of the tiara to enjoy today.


02 November 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara and its accompanying jewels for the Brazilian state dinner at Buckingham Palace, March 2006; more on the parure over here!