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.

13 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Isabella's Diamond Star Tiara

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Queen Isabella II of Spain wears a diamond star tiara and other star jewels in a photographic portrait, ca. 1860s; the fate of the tiara appears to be unknown

The Queen Mother's Cartier Bracelet Bandeau

The Queen Mother wears her Cartier Bracelet Bandeau

With a royal wedding quickly approaching, I've been asked numerous times about possible wedding tiaras for Meghan Markle. I've got a whole post on the subject over here, but today, we're going to take a closer look at one of my favorite long-shot candidates: the Queen Mother's Cartier Bracelet Bandeau.

12 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maria Vittoria's Loop Tiara

Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, Princess della Cisterna (and by marriage, Duchess of Aosta and, briefly, Queen of Spain) wears a suite of jewelry in a portrait illustration; the tiara resembles one made by Musy, most recently worn as a necklace by Maria Gabriella of Savoy

This Week in Royal Jewels: January 5-11

January 5-11, 2018

Our new year of royal jewels continues to sparkle! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!

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10. Meghan Markle wore delicate gold jewels and her glittering engagement ring for a visit to a Brixton radio station with Prince Harry on Tuesday. (More over here!)

11 January 2018

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

Queen Mercedes of Spain wears a small fleur-de-lis tiara in an illustrated postcard portrait; the tiara may have been an invention of the artist

Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 2, Episode 10)

Time for the last bejeweled Crown recap of the season, everyone! We've got a sex scandal, political intrigue, and a major brooch finale. (Before you dig in to "Mystery Man," you can always catch up with previous recaps over here!)

Queen Mathilde's Diamond Fringe Necklace

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Our Magpie of the Month, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, has numerous diamond necklaces at her disposal for gala events. Today, we're talking about one of my favorites from that collection: her modern diamond fringe necklace.

10 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maria Cristina's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Maria Cristina of Spain wears a tall, lacy diamond tiara in a portrait, ca. 1891; the fate of this tiara, which she wore in several portraits, does not appear to be known

Jewel History: Children's Jewel Fund (1918)

Assisted by a doll named Arthur (whose sign reads "I am Arthur. Please help all us babies for our absent daddie's sakes"), Lady Diana Manners and Lady Bonham Carter receive pieces for the Children's Jewel Fund, March 1918 (Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

"Children's Jewel Fund"
(originally appeared in the Observer, 6 Jan 1918)

The eloquent appeal which was made on New Year's Day on behalf of the Children's Jewel Fund for starting more infant welfare centres throughout the country has had a remarkable response. Not only have magnificent tiaras, necklaces, pendants and other rich ornaments been sent by ladies of title to the Duchess of Marlborough [1] at 175 New Bond Street, but a number of personal relics and treasures have been received, which show the enthusiasm with which the movement has been taken up in all parts of the country.

09 January 2018

Delicate Jewels for Meghan in Brixton

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were in Brixton today for a visit to Reprezent Radio, which runs a training program aimed to help young people develop and socialize through radio. Meghan stayed to true to her established jewelry style, choosing delicate golden pieces for the event.

The Daily Diadem: Queen Ena's Emerald Bandeau

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Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain wears her diamond and emerald bandeau in a detail from a portrait, ca. 1920; the whereabouts of this tiara are apparently unknown

Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 2, Episode 9)

"Paterfamilias," episode 9 of The Crown's second season, is light on jewelry but heavy on (very altered) "history." Before we dive in, you can catch up on our previous recaps over here!

Kate's Kiki Collection

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Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Cambridge! To celebrate Kate's big day, we're looking at her growing collection of jewels by one of favorite designers, Kiki McDonough. Love them or hate them, it appears that the Kikis are here to stay.

08 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Tiara

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Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark (later Queen Sofia of Spain) wears the Prussian Tiara at her wedding to Infante Juan Carlos of Spain in Athens, May 1962; more on this heirloom sparkler here!

Mette-Marit Sparkles at the Sports Gala Awards

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On Saturday, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway traveled to Hamar to attend the Sports Gala Awards, and Mette-Marit wore sparkling jewels for the occasion.

07 January 2018

Hollywood Royalty: Golden Globes Jewels 2018

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Awards season has officially begun, and we saw plenty of Hollywood glitter tonight at the annual Golden Globes. Here's a look at some of my favorite pieces!

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

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears "La Buena," the massive fleur-de-lis tiara that belonged to Queen Ena, during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace, July 2017; read more about the tiara over here!

The Golden Dahlia Brooch

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Today, we're starting a new feature for the new year: a series of in-depth posts on royal brooches. We're kicking things off with one of Queen Elizabeth II's favorite pieces: her Golden Dahlia Brooch.

06 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Nine Provinces Tiara


Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears the full setting of the Nine Provinces Tiara during a state visit to Denmark, March 2017; read more about this unusual tiara over here!

The Brunswick Tiara

Victoria Louise wears the Brunswick Tiara (Grand Ladies Site)

Today's sparkler, the Brunswick Tiara, is an all-diamond diadem from the collection of the former royal family of Hanover. But although we know who currently owns the tiara, there are major questions about who its original -- possibly famous -- owner might have been.

05 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Empire Tiara

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wears the Luxembourg Empire Tiara during a state visit to Belgium, March 2007; learn more about this massive sparkler over here!

This Fortnight in Royal Jewels: December 22-January 4

December 22, 2017 - January 4, 2018

We've got two weeks' worth of glittering royal jewels for you to peruse today. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below! (Also: please note that this post contains GIFs that include flash photography.)

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20. Autumn Phillips wore classic, simple diamond and pearl stud earrings to attend church near Sandringham on Christmas Day. (More over here!)

04 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara for the Guildhall Banquet during her state visit to the United Kingdom, October 2005; read all about this important Scandinavian heirloom tiara over here!

Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 2, Episode 8)

It's time for our recap of "Dear Mrs. Kennedy," the eighth episode of season two of The Crown -- and we've got LOTS of replica jewels to critique! (Catch up on our previous recaps here!)

Book Review: Twilight of Empire (2017)

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Where royal scandals and tragedies are concerned, few had more wide-ranging and long-lasting consequences than the Mayerling Incident. The deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary and his young mistress, Mary Vetsera, are still fodder for debate and speculation more than a century later. In their new book on the subject, Twilight of Empire: The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs, Greg King and Penny Wilson attempt to separate truth from fiction.

03 January 2018

New Crown Jewel Documentary Coming to Television

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The BBC has offered details today about The Coronation, a new hour-long documentary about the 1953 coronation and the crown jewels, and the star of the show is none other than the Queen herself. Also included: a rare appearance by St. Edward's Crown, which is almost never taken out of the Tower of London.

The Daily Diadem: The Braganza Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the Braganza Tiara for her husband's 60th birthday gala dinner in Stockholm, April 2006; read all about this Brazilian imperial sparkler over here!

Queen Mathilde's Diamond Fringe Earrings


In 2018, we're reviving a popular past feature on the blog: the Magpie of the Month, where we explore the jewelry box of one royal lady each week for an entire month! This January, our Magpie is Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, and we're starting with something very sparkly: one of her beautiful pairs of diamond fringe earrings.

02 January 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Poire Tiara


Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Pearl Poiré Tiara for a dinner at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen in honor of her 70th birthday, April 2010; read more about the history of this married parure here!

Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 2, Episode 7)

Our bejeweled recaps of The Crown continue today with "Matrimonium," the seventh episode of season two. As the title suggests, the episode includes a royal wedding, so you know we've got some jewels to critique! (You can catch up with our previous recaps here!)

New Year Tiaras in Tokyo


The imperial family of Japan gathered for their annual New Year receptions in Tokyo on Monday, and the ladies of the family appeared in their precise jewelry uniforms for the event.

01 January 2018

First Look: New Year Tiaras in Denmark

Hi-res pictures of tonight's New Year's Levee in Copenhagen have been slow to arrive, but I wanted you to be able to see which sparkly goodness appeared at Amalienborg Palace this evening, so I've got a first look here for you, courtesy of a few GIFs and screenshots. (Please note that these GIFs feature HEAVY flash photography. How do the royals manage to keep their eyes open for photos???)

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik


Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (Queen of Jamaica) attends a banquet in Kingston, February 2002; read much more about this major royal tiara over here!

The Top Ten: The Best Royal Jewels of 2017

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We've counted down the best royal jewel moments of 2017 -- here's our complete list!

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year, Magpies!

It's been another wonderful year here at The Court Jeweller, and today marks the blog's fourth anniversary! Thanks so much for reading and participating over the past few years! Here's to much more sparkly goodness, from New Year's jewels to the Nobels, to come in 2018!

Which royal jewels are you excited to see this year?