31 December 2018

The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #1 (The Stuart Tiara Returns)

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In a year of truly astonishing royal jewelry moments, one stands out as the most sparkling of all...

#1: The Stuart Tiara Returns


The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #2 (Princess Eugenie's Bridal Jewels)

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A gorgeous princess bride and a long-forgotten tiara skyrocketed to the second spot in our countdown of the best royal jewel moments of the year...

#2: Princess Eugenie's Bridal Jewels


30 December 2018

The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #3 (Queen Letizia's Jewelry Debuts)

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Queen Letizia continued to dip into the Spanish royal vaults this year, earning her a major spot on our countdown of the best royal jewels of 2018...

#3: Queen Letizia's Jewelry Debuts


The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #4 (Wedding Tiaras in Germany)

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A glittering gathering in Germany that brought out multiple important historic tiaras nabs the fourth spot on our countdown...

#4: Wedding Tiaras in Germany


29 December 2018

The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #5 (Meghan's Wedding Jewels)

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Number five on our countdown of the best royal jewels of the year features some major sparkle that was perfect for Britain's newest royal duchess!

#5: Meghan's Wedding Jewels


The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #6 (Tiaras Revealed at Kensington Palace)

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A trio of Victorian-era royal tiaras soars to the sixth spot on our countdown of this year's best royal jewelry moments...

#6: Tiaras Revealed at Kensington Palace


28 December 2018

The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #7 (The Bourbon-Parma Jewel Auction)

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The seventh entry on our countdown of the best jewels of the year was truly dazzling -- and extremely expensive!

#7: The Bourbon-Parma Jewel Auction


The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #8 (Kate's Necklace Debut)

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Our countdown of the best royal jewels of the year continues with a thoroughly regal appearance from a major royal necklace...

#8: Kate's Necklace Debut


27 December 2018

The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #9 (Princess Marie's New Tiara)

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The ninth entry on our countdown of the best royal jewels of 2018 combines Danish royalty with classic French jewelry design...

#9: Princess Marie's New Tiara


The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #10 (Princess Ayako's Wedding Tiara)

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New Year's Eve is swiftly approaching, and you all know what that means: it's time for our annual countdown of the best royal jewels of the year! We're kicking off the 2018 review with some unexpected sparkle out of Japan...

#10: Princess Ayako's Wedding Tiara

26 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wears the Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, June 2010; more on the tiara over here!


British Royal Christmas Jewels 2018

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The British royal family gathered again at Sandringham to celebrate Christmas this year, and we got our annual glimpse of their jewels as they arrived at church in nearby King's Lynn on Tuesday morning.


25 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

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The Vladimir Tiara, with the Cambridge Emerald Drops, is displayed at Buckingham Palace, July 2006; more on this fascinating tiara over here!


Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, magpies! Whether you celebrate today's holiday or any other festive day this time of year, I hope you're having a wonderful season with the people you love.

This year has been an especially wonderful one for me, thanks in no small part to each and every one of you who visit The Court Jeweller. Thank you all so, so much -- for reading, engaging, chatting, and sharing in this little sparkly corner of the world. I hope it continues to bring all of you joy!

Happy Holidays!
Ella Kay


24 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the tiara and jewels from the Mellerio Ruby Parure for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; more on the heirloom rubies over here!


The Queen Reaches for Grima at Christmas

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A still photograph of Queen Elizabeth II from this year's Christmas Speech has been released, and it gives us a sneak peek at her jewelry choice for the annual broadcast.


23 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Chaumet Emerald Tiara

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wears the Chaumet Emerald Tiara at the Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm, December 2011; more on the tiara over here!


Queen Silvia's Tiaras

Queen Silvia wears Queen Sofia's Tiara at the Nobel Prize banquet, December 2018 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday to Queen Silvia of Sweden, who celebrates 75 sparkling years on the planet today! To mark the milestone, we're rounding up all the tiaras she's worn since becoming Sweden's queen consort in 1976. Enjoy!


22 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Burmese Ruby Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Burmese Ruby Tiara for the French state banquet at Windsor Castle, March 2008; more on the tiara over here!


The Ogilvy Tiara

Princess Alexandra wears the pearl setting of the Ogilvy Tiara, April 1963 (Keystone/Getty Images)

If you're only going to have one tiara in your royal jewelry collection, it had better be a versatile one! Such is the case with Princess Alexandra's tiara, a convertible piece which can be worn with a number of different gemstones.


21 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Danish Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the tiara and jewels from the Danish Emerald Parure during a gala concert celebrating her 70th birthday, April 2010; more on this important suite of jewels here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: December 14-20


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It's our last royal jewel roundup of the year, magpies! Fittingly, there are lots of holiday jewels involved -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. The Duchess of Cornwall wore her favorite pearl drop earrings and her engagement and wedding rings on Friday to officially open the Wiltshire Air Ambulance airbase at Outmarsh.


20 December 2018

The King Edward VII Ruby Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the King Edward VII Ruby Tiara at a banquet in honor of the 50th birthday of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, May 2018; more on the heirloom tiara here!


Holiday Diamonds for the Duchess of Sussex

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Time for a sparkling glimpse into the world of the Duchess of Sussex! On Tuesday, Meghan donned diamonds as she headed out for a visit to Brinsworth House in Twickenham.


19 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Greek Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wears the tiara and jewels from the Greek Emerald Parure for a gala dinner in Copenhagen celebrating Queen Margrethe II's Ruby Jubilee, January 2012; more on the magnificent emeralds over here!


Royal Christmas Jewels in Norway

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With Christmas less than a week away, we're starting to see plenty of royal holiday spirit in the air. Today, we've got a look at the festive family Christmas jewels of the Norwegian royals.


18 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara

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As part of a costume, a young Princess Benedikte wears the tiara and jewels from the Danish Ruby Parure; learn much more about this important heirloom suite over here!


The Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Tiarapedia Is Here!

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The Tiarapedia, the original digital encyclopedia of tiaras, continues to expand, this time with a brand-new section devoted to Princess Benedikte's branch of the Danish royal family!


17 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the tiara and jewels from the Norwegian Emerald Parure at a celebration for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's Ruby Jubilee, January 2012; more on this important emerald suite over here!


The Teck Turquoise Tiara

The Duchess of Gloucester wears the Teck Turquoise Tiara, 2015 (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The incredible Gloucester tiara collection includes multiple pieces inherited from Queen Mary, including the Teck Turquoise Tiara. Combining turquoises with diamonds in an intricate design, the tiara has been worn by two generations of Gloucester duchesses.


16 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Persian Turquoise Tiara

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Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon wears the Persian Turquoise Tiara and its accompanying jewels for the royal film performance of Taming of the Shrew, February 1967; more on the history of the jewels over here!


The Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch

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Winter is knocking on the door here in the Northern Hemisphere, and with the changing season, I wouldn't be surprised if we see today's brooch, the Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake, make another appearance soon.


15 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: Farah Pahlavi's Turquoise Tiara

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Farah Pahlavi, the former Empress of Iran, wears her turquoise tiara in an official portrait, ca. 1972; see another view of the tiara and its accompanying jewels here!


The Prussian Tiara

Queen Letizia (then Princess of Asturias) wears the Prussian Tiara, October 2009 (Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

Today's tiara may look small, but its history unites numerous royal families from different nations and includes a pair of major royal wedding outings! Here's the fascinating history of the Prussian Tiara.


14 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Marie Louise Diadem

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The Marie Louise Diadem is displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., July 2010; learn more about this intriguing imperial tiara over here!


This Week in Nobel Gala Jewels: December 7-13


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There was so much sparkling splendor at this week's Nobel Prize gala festivities, they needed their own separate review! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. and 9. For the Nobel Peace Prize banquet on Monday in Oslo, Queen Sonja chose a statement necklace with coordinating earrings, while Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore sparkling diamonds on her wrist.

This Week in Royal Jewels: December 6-13


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We've got a bonus day of royal jewels in this week's review, and it's a whopper! (And that doesn't include the Nobel gala jewels, which will appear later in yet another review!) Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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25. Princess Beatrice of York wore a playful necklace with a bee pendant charm at the New York Public Library on Monday for the Berggruen Prize Gala.


13 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Coburg Turquoise Tiara

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Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha wears the family's diamond and turquoise tiara at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013; read more on the tiara here!


Royal Peacock Jewels

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The gorgeous feathers of the peacock have provided design inspirations for artists for generations, including the makers of royal jewelry. Today, here's a look at a trio of peacock-inspired jewels.


12 December 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Turquoise Daisy Bandeau

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Turquoise Daisy Bandeau during a state dinner for the President of China in Copenhagen, June 2012; read more about the tiara here!


Royal Rubies to Celebrate Spain's Constitution

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On Thursday, the Spanish royal family gathered in Madrid to mark a very important milestone: the 40th anniversary of the nation's constitution.

11 December 2018

The Mellerio Turquoise Floral Tiara

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A diamond, turquoise, gold, and silver tiara with a floral design is displayed at Mellerio in Paris, December 2012; the tiara was made by the firm in 1860, and it can be broken down and worn as a series of brooches


Nobel Jewels 2018: Princess Christina

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Our tour of Monday's Nobel tiaras wraps up with a surprise attendee: Princess Christina! The palace doesn't mention her in its official press releases, and she's recently retired from most public appearances, so it was very exciting to see her at the festivities.


Nobel Jewels 2018: Princess Sofia

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Our Nobel jewelry-palooza rolls on with a look at the sparkling jewels worn by Princess Sofia in Stockholm!


10 December 2018

Nobel Jewels 2018: Crown Princess Victoria

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Our tour of the Nobel Prize celebration jewels of 2018 continues with a look at the sparkling gems worn by Crown Princess Victoria in Stockholm!


Nobel Jewels 2018: Queen Silvia

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Our extended coverage of the 2018 Nobel Prize ceremonies kicks off with a look at the jewels worn this evening by Queen Silvia of Sweden in Stockholm!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Turquoise Circlet

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Princess Astrid of Norway wears Queen Alexandra's Turquoise Circlet at a birthday celebration for her brother and sister-in-law, King Harald and Queen Sonja, in Oslo, May 2017; more on this British royal heirloom tiara here!


Nobel Jewel Predictions 2018

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It's finally here, magpies: today is Nobel Prize day! As some of the world's greatest minds are honored in Scandinavia, the women of the Swedish royal family will bring out the bling. (A more subdued gala will be held in Oslo for the winners of the Peace Prize.) The royal court has confirmed that Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Princess Sofia will attend the festivities tonight in Stockholm, so it's time to do some tiara predicting!