25 February 2018

The Drapers' Company Brooch

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When Princess Maud of Wales married Prince Carl of Denmark in 1896, she received a treasure trove of jewels. At that point, though, she had no idea that her wedding gifts would one day become the cornerstone of a new royal collection. Carl and Maud became King Haakon VII and Queen Maud of Norway in 1905, and her jewels are still some of the most important pieces in the Norwegian vaults. Today, we're looking at one piece in particular: the Drapers' Company Brooch.

24 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Boucheron Loop Tiara



Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears the Boucheron Loop Tiara in a formal portrait; read more about the tiara over here!


Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara

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The Dutch royal vaults are absolutely brimming with tiaras, but today's deceptively-simple sparkler, Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara, has been treasured by the women of the family for more than a hundred years.


23 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Boucheron Wave Tiara



A view of the Boucheron Wave Tiara, constructed by the firm ca. 1910; the tiara was intended to echo The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, a woodblock print by the famous Japanese artist Hokusai


This Week in Royal Jewels: February 16-22


February 16-22, 2018

We've got gems galore in this week's royal jewel review! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below...

(Note: some gorgeous, meaningful jewels were worn this week at the funeral of Prince Henrik; those won't be included in the countdown, but you can see them here.)


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10. For the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception on Monday, the Countess of Wessex wore her initial necklace with earrings by Lucia Odescalchi. (More over here!)

22 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Marlborough Boucheron Tiara



Consuelo Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (born Consuelo Vanderbilt; later Consuelo Balsan) wears her diamond tiara by Boucheron for during the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, 1911; read more about the tiara over here!


Princess Marie's Multi-Gem Brooch

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Although much of the jewelry favored by our Magpie of the Month, Princess Marie of Denmark, fits with her French chic style, her jewelry box also includes a few glittering pieces. Today's brooch, a multi-gem jewel that she's had for several years, certainly fits that description.


21 February 2018

Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (S2E8, "The Luxury of Conscience")


Time for another glimpse into the soapy royal world of Victoria! Before you dig in to our recap of the eighth episode of the season, "The Luxury of Conscience," you can catch up on previous recaps here!


The Daily Diadem: The Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara

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Princess Lilian of Sweden wears the Boucheron Laurel Wreath Tiara and Queen Josefina's Stomacher Necklace at King Carl XVI Gustaf's 60th birthday celebration, April 2006; more on the tiara here, and on the necklace here!


Mourning Jewels: Prince Henrik of Denmark

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A small private funeral was held on Tuesday to celebrate the life of Prince Henrik of Denmark, who died last week at Fredensborg Castle. The jewels worn by the women of his family for the occasion were deeply meaningful and sentimental.


20 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Ingeborg's Boucheron Circle Tiara

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Princess Ragnhild, Mrs. Lorentzen (back row, center) wears the Boucheron Circle Tiara (inherited from her grandmother, Princess Ingeborg of Denmark) at the wedding of her brother, Crown Prince Harald, in 1968; the tiara was inherited by Ragnhild's children after her death

(Also featured here, front row: King Frederik IX of Denmark, Crown Princess Sonja of Norway; back row: Erling Lorentzen, Princess Ragnhild, Princess Astrid [wearing the Vasa Tiara])


Commonwealth Fashion Jewels for Sophie and Kate

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The Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Cambridge made a joint appearance at Buckingham Palace on Monday as they hosted the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Reception.


Queen Margrethe's Cayx Jewels

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Today, the Danish royal family will hold a funeral for Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe II and father of Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim. To remember Henrik, I thought we'd highlight the jewels that Margrethe wore during their yearly holiday at their home in the south of France, the Chateau de Cayx. The photos capture Daisy and Henri, the couple behind the trappings of royalty, and the jewelry is equally personal.

19 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Curzon Boucheron Tiara



Mary Curzon, Baroness Curzon of Kedleston wears her diamond tiara, made by Boucheron, with her famed peacock dress, ca. 1902; learn more about her jewels over here!


P.S.: looking for our weekly Victoria recap? It will be posted on Wednesday afternoon!


Another Outing for Kate's Modern Emeralds

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the BAFTAs at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday evening, and the occasion brought us a second outing for Kate's modern emerald suite.


18 February 2018

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



Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain wears her fleur-de-lis tiara by Chaumet in a portrait, ca. 1920s; read more about this tiara over here!


A Regal New Brooch for Camilla

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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Yorkshire on Friday, and Camilla wore a regal new brooch for the occasion.


17 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Guise Fleur-de-Lis Tiara



Princess Isabelle of Orleans, Duchess of Guise wears her fleur-de-lis tiara in a portrait; the whereabouts of the piece are apparently unknown


The Belgian Scroll Tiara

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The Belgian Scroll Tiara is one of the loveliest jewels in Luxembourg's vaults, but it narrowly escaped the auction block only a few years ago.


16 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Louise's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara



Princess Louise of Orleans (later Princess Louise of Bavaria) wears a circlet-style tiara decorated with little fleur-de-lis designs; unfortunately, I don't have additional information about the tiara's status


This Week in Royal Jewels: February 9-15


February 9-15, 2018

Royal brooches dominate this week's royal jewel review! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below...


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10. Meghan Markle sparkled in stacked rings during Tuesday's visit to Edinburgh. (More over here!)

15 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Stephanie's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara

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Crown Princess Stephanie of Austria-Hungary (born Princess Stephanie of Belgium) wears a large fleur-de-lis tiara in a portrait; made by Chaumet, this tiara's whereabouts appear to be unknown


British Royal Wedding Tiaras

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This week, I chatted with Town and Country Magazine about possible wedding tiaras for Meghan Markle, and in the interview, I mentioned that almost every British royal bride since the '30s has worn a wedding tiara. Here's a look at the bridal diadems of the Windsors!

14 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Bulgarian Fleur-de-Lis Tiara

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Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria (born Princess Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma) wears the family's diamond, ruby, and emerald fleur-de-lis tiara in a portrait, ca. 1890s; the tiara, made by Kochert, hasn't been seen in public since the 1960s


Heart-Shaped Royal Jewels

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Happy Valentine's Day, magpies! Let's celebrate by having a look at some of the sweetest heart-shaped jewels in royal ladies' collections...

13 February 2018

Rings for Meghan in Edinburgh

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a pre-wedding visit to Scotland this morning, attending a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.


The Daily Diadem: The Asturias Ansorena Tiara

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears her diamond and pearl fleur-de-lis tiara, created while she was Princess of Asturias by Ansorena, at Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's birthday dinner, April 2015; read more about the tiara's complicated story here!


Olympic Royal Jewels

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The Winter Olympic Games are underway in South Korea, and we've already had a couple of royal jewel sightings!


12 February 2018

Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (S2E7, "The King Over the Water")


Time for more twisted history and costume jewels in this week's Victoria recap! Before you read my take on episode seven, "The King Over the Water," you can catch up on all our previous recaps here.


The Daily Diadem: The Akishino Tiara

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The Princess Akishino wears her diamond wedding tiara for the state banquet during the Spanish state visit to Japan, April 2017; more on the tiara here!


Queen Alexandrine's Diamond and Sapphire Pendant

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Our peek into the jewelry box of our Magpie of the Month, Princess Marie of Denmark, continues with a jewel worn by four generations of Danish royal women: Queen Alexandrine's Diamond and Sapphire Pendant.


11 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Amethyst Parure Tiara

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears the family's convertible amethyst tiara during the 70th birthday celebrations for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, April 2010; more on the tiara over here!


The Queen Mother's Lily of the Valley Brooch

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Some brooches are interesting because they're beautiful, and some are interesting because they have a fascinating story. Today's brooch, the Fabergé Lily of the Valley Brooch that belonged to the late Queen Mother, is both.


10 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Amethyst Bandeau

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Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg wears the family's amethyst bandeau, March 1977; the bandeau, one of two amethyst tiaras owned by the family, has a matching necklace and earrings


The Strathmore Rose Tiara

Queen Elizabeth wears the tiara, ca. 1926

One of the more unusual floral tiaras in any royal collection, the Queen Mother’s Strathmore Rose Tiara is a piece that remains in the Windsor vaults but hasn’t been seen in public in years. Part of the reason for the tiara’s disappearing act may actually be connected not only with its large flowers but also with its early twentieth-century roots. (Ha!)

09 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Amethyst Tiara



Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears her amethyst tiara in a formal portrait; learn more about the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: February 2-8


February 2-8, 2018

We've got another countdown of the week's best royal bling! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below...


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10. Queen Letizia of Spain wore her modern diamond jacket earrings on Wednesday for the proclamation of the arts and literature category winner of the 2018 Princess of Girona Foundation Awards.

08 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden wears the Napoleonic Amethyst Parure Tiara at the Nobel Prize Ceremony, December 2017; more on this appearance (and tiara) over here!


A Dukedom for Harry and Meghan?

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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married in May, the Queen will almost certainly bestow a new title upon her grandson. It's likely that the title will be a dukedom, in line with the royal titles given to the other men in the family.*

So, which dukedom might Harry get? Let's look at some of the possibilities -- and some that really aren't options at all.


07 February 2018

Princess Mako's Wedding Postponed

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Princess Mako of Akishino won't be hanging up her tiara just yet. On Tuesday, media reports confirmed that the Japanese princess's upcoming wedding to Kei Komuro has officially been postponed until 2020.


The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Amethyst Tiara

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wears the family's amethyst tiara during the National Day festivities, June 2005; the tiara, one of two owned by the family, features rectangular-cut amethysts


Jewel History: Entailed Jewels (1898)

Detail of Philip de László's 1912 portrait of Winifred Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (Wikimedia Commons)

"Entailed Jewels"
(originally appeared in the Concordia Blade, 11 Feb 1898)

England is the only country in the world where the nobility are in the habit of entailing their jewels [1]. Some of the great houses of the aristocracy, such as that of Cavendish, whose head is the Duke of Devonshire [2]; that of Bentinck, whose head is the Duke of Portland [3]; and that of Lennox, whose chief is the Duke of Richmond [4], possess superb collections of gems, almost priceless in value, and which have been in the families for hundreds of years.


06 February 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Flora Danica Tiara

Flora Danica

Princess Marie of Denmark's Flora Danica Tiara, a long-term exclusive loan, is shown during its creation process; read more about the tiara over here!


Princess Marie's Wedding Jewels

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It's a new month, so it's time to delve into the jewelry collection of a new royal lady! Our Magpie of the Month for February is Princess Marie of Denmark, who celebrates her birthday today. We're kicking things off with a look at her wedding jewels.


05 February 2018

Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (S2E6, "Faith, Hope, and Charity")


Time for a closer look at the jewels and the history behind episode six of this season of Victoria, "Faith, Hope, and Charity." (You can catch up on our previous recaps here!)


The Daily Diadem: The Hesse Amethyst Tiara


Princess Mafalda of Hesse wears the Hesse Amethyst Tiara and other parts of the coordinating parure in an official portrait, ca. 1920s; the jewels were likely part of the cache stolen during World War II


Tiara Rescued from Lusitania Going on Display

The Allan Tiara (Victoria and Albert Museum)

The Victoria and Albert Museum's new exhibition on the glamour and style of the ocean liner era opened this weekend in London, and a fascinating Cartier tiara is one of the items on display.