31 January 2018

The Cambridges in Scandinavia (Day 2)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their Scandinavian tour today with another day of events in Stockholm, where they were hosted by Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the all-diamond version of Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara in an official portrait, April 1980; read more about the tiara here!


Beatrix's Prinsjesdag Jewels

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands celebrates a big milestone today: her 80th birthday! We've been marking the occasion all week by looking at some of her tiara moments, and today, we're keeping the festivities going with a look at some of the jewels she wore with her trademark hats for Prinsjesdag during her reign.


30 January 2018

The Cambridges in Scandinavia (Day 1)

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked this morning on a four-day tour of Sweden and Norway, starting off in Stockholm.


The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Button Tiara

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Pearl Button Tiara during her investiture ceremony, April 1980; read more about the tiara here!


Queen Mathilde's Cartier Diamond Earrings

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We're wrapping up our focus on the jewels of January's Magpie of the Month, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, with a look at a very fun -- and very sparkly! -- pair of diamond earrings from her jewelry box.


29 January 2018

Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (S2E5, "Entente Cordiale")


Time for another recap of Masterpiece's Victoria, magpies! Today, we've got a recap of the season's fifth episode, "Entente Cordiale." (Catch up on our previous recaps here!)


The Daily Diadem: The Wurttemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Württemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara for her wedding to Prince Claus, March 1966; read more about the tiara here!


Sainte Devote Jewels 2018

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The princely family of Monaco celebrated the annual festival of their patron saint, Sainte Devote, this weekend. Here's a look at the modest jewels worn during the commemorations.


28 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Aberdeen's Sapphire Festoon Tiara

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Ishbel Hamilton-Gordon, Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair wears a diamond festoon tiara topped with sapphire clusters in a photographic portrait, ca. 1899; I'm not sure what happened to the jewels following Ishbel's death in 1939


The Countess of Barcelona's Pearl Drop Brooch

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As Queen Letizia of Spain has grown into her royal role in recent years, we've seen her embrace more and more heirloom jewels. Today, we've got a closer look at a brooch she debuted last year: the Countess of Barcelona's Pearl Drop Brooch.


27 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Louise's Diamond and Emerald Tiara

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Princess Louise, Marchioness of Lorne (later Duchess of Argyll) wears her diamond and emerald tiara in a portrait, ca. 1870s; the tiara, which was a wedding gift from Louise's parents-in-law, was likely among the jewels she bequeathed to the Duke and Duchess of Kent in 1939


The Vladimir Fringe Tiara

Princess Nicholas of Greece and Denmark wears her mother's diamond fringe tiara, ca. 1910

Lots of royal families have diamond fringe tiaras in their jewelry collections, but how many still own fringes that come directly from their Romanov ancestors? Today we're chatting about one of the fringe tiaras that remains with its original family: the Vladimir Fringe Tiara.


26 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Teck Crescent Tiara

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The Duchess of Teck (born Lady Margaret Grosvenor; later Margaret Cambridge, Marchioness of Cambridge) wears the Teck Crescent Tiara (and the Teck Hoop Necklace, which now belongs to Lord Snowdon) in a portrait, ca. 1911; learn more about the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: January 19-25


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We've got a supersized jewelry review for you this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below...


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15. On Monday, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wore oversized stud earrings with a stack of bracelets and her citrine ring as she met with Panama's Vice President Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado in The Hague.

25 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Londonderry Diamond Tiara

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Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, Marchioness of Londonderry wears the family's magnificent diamond tiara at the State Opening of Parliament, October 1948; read more about the tiara here!


Chatting Royal Jewels with When Meghan Met Harry

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This week, I was a guest on When Meghan Met Harry, a podcast dedicated to the upcoming British royal wedding. We chatted about royal jewels, Meghan's personal style, the fact that Prince Charles has excellent taste in jewelry, why British royal weddings aren't tiara events, and (inspired by the recent coronation documentary) the British crown jewels.



Frosted Diamonds for Mary in France

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It's always fun when I'm able to feature Crown Princess Mary of Denmark's jewels on the blog, and today, we've got a good look at a recent outing of a floral pair of earrings.


24 January 2018

Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (S2E4, "The Sins of the Father")


Sunday's airing of Victoria on Masterpiece was a two-parter, and today, we're recapping the jewels and the history of the second episode shown, "The Sins of the Father." (Catch up on our previous recaps over here!)


The Daily Diadem: Lady Curzon's Belle Epoque Tiara

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Grace Curzon, Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston wears her belle epoque diamond and pearl tiara in a sketch by John Singer Sargent, ca. 1925; I'm not sure what happened to the tiara after Lady Curzon's death in 1958


Queen Mathilde's Diamond Scroll Earrings

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Our Magpie of the Month, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, has an impressive collection of earrings, but few pairs have remained favorites as long as today's earrings, her Diamond Scroll Earrings.


23 January 2018

Kate Wears Royal Blue in London

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The Duchess of Cambridge visited Roe Green Junior School in Brent on Tuesday to launch a mental health program for schools, part of the Heads Together Initiative. Here's a look at the sparkling jewels she brought with her for the day.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Victoria's Strawberry Leaf Tiara

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Irene Mountbatten, Marchioness of Carisbrooke wears Queen Victoria's Strawberry Leaf Tiara at the State Opening of Parliament, November 1938; read more about the tiara's history here!


The Spencer Tiara for Meghan Markle?

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Last week, several people on Twitter asked me to weigh in on a big royal jewel rumor: will Meghan Markle wear the Spencer Tiara on her wedding day?


22 January 2018

Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (S2E3, "Warp and Weft")


Time for another peek into the bejeweled world of PBS's Victoria, magpies! Today we've got a recap of episode three, "Warp and Weft." (Catch up on our previous recaps here!)


The Daily Diadem: The Dufferin and Ava Shamrock Tiara

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Hariot Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava wears the family's diamond and pearl shamrock tiara in a photographic portrait, ca. 1880s; the nineteenth-century sparkler is currently on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum


Princess Eugenie Is Engaged!

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Big news from Buckingham Palace this morning: we've got another royal wedding on the way this year! Princess Eugenie is officially engaged to Jack Brooksbank. The couple have been dating for several years, and they plan to wed at St. George's Chapel, Windsor this autumn.

Letizia and Sofia's Spanish Sparkle

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On Friday, the Spanish royals gave us a treat: bejeweled daytime outings from both of the nation's queens. Here's a look at the jewelry worn by both Queen Letizia and Queen Sofia.


21 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Cubitt Tiara

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Laura Parker Bowles, daughter of the Duchess of Cornwall, wears the family's Cubitt Tiara at her wedding to Harry Lopes, May 2006; read more about the tiara over here!


Queen Fabiola's Diamond Fringe Brooch

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We've been discussing the jewelry box of Queen Mathilde of the Belgians this month, and today we've got a special bonus feature: an in-depth look at one of her most important brooches, the diamond fringe brooch that belonged to the late Queen Fabiola.

20 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara

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Princess Benedikte of Denmark wears her diamond floral tiara, which she received on her eighteenth birthday, for Queen Margrethe II's 70th birthday celebrations, April 2010; read more about the tiara over here!


Want to Keep The Court Jeweller in Your Facebook Feed?


Calling all magpies who follow us on Facebook! You might have read that Facebook is planning to roll out a new algorithm for its news feed soon, prioritizing content generated by individual users and de-emphasizing content from websites like The Court Jeweller.

I don't spend money to advertise on sites like Facebook -- that strategy just isn't for me -- but I do share links to every post on the site, because many of you have told me that you use Facebook as a way to stay up-to-date with The Court Jeweller. With big changes on the horizon, here are a few steps that those of you who follow via Facebook can take to help keep our content on your feed.


The Countess of Wessex's Wedding Tiara

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Some royal brides wear historical tiaras, some get new tiaras on their wedding days, and others, like Sophie Rhys-Jones, get a combination of the two. For her 1999 wedding to the Earl of Wessex, Sophie (who celebrates her birthday today) was gifted a new tiara made from antique pieces.


19 January 2018

Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (S2E2, "The Green-Eyed Monster")


Time for our second Victoria recap of the season! If you need to catch up on the first half of the season premiere (or any other episodes), you can check out all of my previous posts on the show.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Amalia's Diamond Floral Tiara

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Queen Amalia of Greece (born Duchess Amalia of Oldenburg) wears her elaborate diamond floral tiara in a mid-19th century portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler; the fate of the tiara, which could also be worn as a corsage ornament, is unfortunately not known


This Week in Royal Jewels: January 12-18


January 12-18, 2018

The winter chill isn't slowing down the royal ice parade! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below...


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10. Meghan Markle mixed and matched delicate gold jewels, including a starry ear climber, during Thursday's visit to Cardiff. (More over here!)

18 January 2018

Mismatched Jewels for Meghan in Cardiff

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continued their pre-wedding national tour with a visit to Cardiff today, and Meghan tackled yet another jewelry trend.


The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara

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Princess Claire of Luxembourg wears the family's Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara at her wedding, September 2013; learn more about the tiara over here!


Creepy-Crawly Jewels for Queen Maxima

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On Friday, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands visited a new concert hall in Arnhem, and she brought some creepy-crawly bejeweled friends along with her.


17 January 2018

Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (S2E1, "A Soldier's Daughter")


It's time again to delve into the history and the jewels of PBS's Victoria! Today, we're recapping the first half of last Sunday's season premiere, "A Soldier's Daughter." (You can catch up on last season's recaps over here!)


The Daily Diadem: The Bavarian Pearl and Diamond Floral Tiara

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Queen Marie Therese of Bavaria wears the family's pearl and diamond floral tiara in a detail from a Walter Firle portrait, ca. 1918; the tiara remains in the family and was worn as recently as last June


Jewels in Motion: Dutch-UK State Visit (1958)

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom's 1958 state visit to the Netherlands has been in conversation lately because of a rare appearance from the Cullinan III and IV Brooch. (Read more about that over here!) Today, I've got a glittering survey of some of the grandest jewels worn at the gala events during that state visit -- in motion!

16 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Isenburg Floral Tiara

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Sophie, Princess of Prussia wears the Isenburg Floral Tiara at her wedding to Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia in Potsdam, August 2011; the tiara belongs to Sophie's family, as her father is the head of the House of Isenburg


Bejeweled Blooms for Sofia in Stockholm

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Last week, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway attended a glittering sports gala; this week, it's Princess Sofia of Sweden. She and Prince Carl Philip walked the red carpet at the Ericsson Globe Arena on Monday, and she wore a major pair of earrings for the event.


15 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: Empress Elisabeth's Floral Tiara

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Empress Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of Hungary, wears a suite of floral jewels in a detail from a portrait by an unknown artist, ca. 1854; the status of the jewels appears to be unknown


Queen Mathilde's Diamond and Pearl Brooch

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One of my favorite brooches from the collection of our magpie of the month, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, is today's piece: her diamond and pearl-studded brooch.


14 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maria Cristina's Diamond Aigrette

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Queen Maria Cristina of Spain, wife of King Fernando VII, wears a spectacular diamond floral and feather aigrette in a portrait by Vicente López y Portaña, ca. 1830; the fate of this jewel is not known


The Cullinan III and IV Brooch

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Tonight, the Queen will give a rare interview in a new documentary about British coronations. (You can read more about the documentary over here!) Along with an appearance by St. Edward's Crown, which rarely leaves the Tower of London, the documentary will also include an outing for one of the Queen's lesser-worn brooches, the magnificent Cullinan III and IV Brooch.