31 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Marie Louise Diadem

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The Marie Louise Diadem is shown on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.; read all about this intriguing tiara over here!


Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and the Empire Tiara

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Our month-long look at the jewels of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wraps up today with an overview of her use of the grand duchy's most imposing diadem: the Empire Tiara.


30 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Manchester Tiara

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The Manchester Tiara, made by Cartier in 1903, on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum; see a photograph of the tiara being worn over here


This Week in Royal Jewels: March 23-30


March 23-30, 2018

Jewels from Monaco, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom dominated the royal scene this week. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. On Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom decided to go sans brooch for the annual Royal Maundy Service, held this year at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. (See Royal Maundy Brooches from years past over here!)

29 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Björkbom Diadem

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A diadem made of gilded metal, artificial pearls, and glass, made ca. 1830-1850; donated to the Nordiska Museet, where it is part of the permanent collection, by Bertha Björkbom in 1961


Tiaras Revealed at Kensington Palace

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We learned late last year that two magnificent tiaras made in the reign of Queen Victoria would soon be going on display at Kensington Palace, and on Friday, the public will finally see them sparkling in action. And even better -- there's a surprise third royal tiara involved! Here's the scoop on the jewels you'll see in the palace's revamped "Victoria Revealed" exhibition.


28 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Essex Tiara

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The Essex Tiara is shown on display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, February 2007; the tiara, which once belonged to the American-born Countess of Essex, is now owned again by its maker, Cartier


Jewel History: South African Diamonds (1948)

Queen Elizabeth II wears the South African Diamonds with Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik during a state banquet in honor of President Zuma of South Africa, March 2010 (Lewis Whyld/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

"South African Diamonds"
(originally appeared in the Ottawa Journal, 30 Mar 1948)

Princess Elizabeth [1] can wear even elaborately-set jewels and look well in them. Now that the display of her wedding presents is over, she has received into her own possession the beautiful ornaments given to her on her marriage, and at a naval function which she attended with the Duke of Edinburgh [2] she wore for the first time the exquisitely-matched necklace of huge diamonds which were a present to her from South Africa [3].


27 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Allan Tiara

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The Allan Tiara, which survived the sinking of the Lusitania, is shown on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, January 2018; more on the tiara over here!


Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Emerald Suite

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The annual Royal Film Performance may not be a glittering tiara event anymore, but the premiere does often provide us with a chance to see jewels that aren't worn frequently on other occasions. For two film performances in the early 2000s, Queen Elizabeth II wore a demi-parure of rather mysterious jewels: her Golden Emerald Suite.


26 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Leuchtenberg Faberge Tiara

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The Leuchtenberg Faberge Tiara shown on display during an auction preview in Geneva, May 2007; read more on the tiara (and where you can see it!) over here!


Rose Ball Jewels 2018

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On Saturday, the Grimaldis of Monaco hosted one of their biggest charity functions of the year: the annual Rose Ball, which benefits the Princess Grace Foundation. Here's a look at the sparkling jewels we saw at the event, which had a "Manhattan" theme for 2018.


25 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Serbian Diamond and Pearl Tiara

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Katherine of Serbia wears her small diamond and pearl tiara at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, June 2010; read more about the tiara over here!


Queen Victoria's Pearl and Diamond Brooch

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One of the most delightful aspects of the British royal jewelry vaults is the collection earmarked as "heirlooms of the crown" -- jewels designated to be worn by sovereigns and their consorts. Today's brooch, Queen Victoria's Pearl and Diamond Brooch, is one of those pieces.


24 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Albanian Sapphire Ram Tiara

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Elia Zaharia wears the Albanian Sapphire Ram Tiara at her wedding to Leka of Albania, October 2016; read much more about this unusual tiara over here!


Princess Soraya's Sunburst Tiara

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary on their wedding day, 1951 (Wikimedia Commons)

This Saturday's sparkler takes us back to the ultra-glam days of the public face of the Iranian monarchy in the 1950s. Here's a look at the diamond and emerald sunburst tiara worn by Princess Soraya, a queen-turned-movie star.


23 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Braganza Floral Necklace Tiara

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The Duchess of Braganza wears her convertible diamond floral necklace tiara during the Spanish state visit to Portugal, November 2016; read more about that banquet over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: March 16-22


March 16-22, 2018

Royal visits and the wedding of a pretender's son provided plenty of sparkle this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Irish Guards Brooch with green amethyst and green tourmaline earrings to hand out shamrocks to the Irish Guards on St. Patrick's Day. (More over here!)


22 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Margherita's Musy Tiara

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Marina of Savoy wears Queen Margherita's Musy Tiara at the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in Copenhagen, May 2004; read more about the magnificent tiara over here!


The Nassau Rose Brooches

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We continue our exploration of the jewelry box of our Magpie of the Month, Grand Duchess of Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, with a look at the family's magnificent set of diamond rose brooches.


21 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The de Tornos Turquoise Tiara

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Philomena de Tornos wears her family's diamond and turquoise tiara at her wedding to Jean of Orleans, son of one of the pretenders to the French throne, in Senlis, May 2009; read more about the tiara over here!


Jewels in Motion: The Norwegian Royal Wedding (1929)

Crown Prince Olav of Norway and Princess Martha of Sweden marry in Oslo, 1929 (Wikimedia Commons)

89 years ago today, Norway celebrated the wedding of its future king, Crown Prince Olav. The bride was a Swedish princess, Martha, bringing together the new Norwegian royal family with its former royal dynasty. Today, we've got a look at the wedding in still photographs, plus moving images to help it come to life!


20 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Marie-Chantal's Diamond Floral Tiara

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Marie-Chantal of Greece, wife of Crown Prince Pavlos, wears a diamond floral tiara at the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; many believe that the tiara, which she only wore once, was borrowed for the occasion


Luxembourg State Dinner Glitter in France

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Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg are currently on a state visit to France, where they were the guests of honor at a state dinner on Monday evening.


Jewel History: Beautiful Women and Beautiful Jewels (1918)

Princess Catherine Radziwill, ca. 1910

"Beautiful Women and Beautiful Jewels"
(originally appeared in the Evening Public Ledger, 2 March 1918)

By the Princess Radziwill [1] -- The Russian court was always famous in the old days, when it existed, for the number of pretty women at its balls and festivities, as well as for the quantity of magnificent jewels which they wore. At present, owing to the events which have taken place during the last four years [2], a great many of these historical parures have been sold or otherwise disposed of, and it might be interesting to recall the memories of the splendid jewels and lovely women who made the festivity at the Winter Palace so brilliant.


19 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Miriam's Diamond Floral Tiara

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Miriam of Bulgaria, daughter-in-law of the country's last king, wears a diamond floral tiara with a suite of coral jewels for the Danish crown princely wedding, May 2004; the provenance of the tiara is unknown, and I think it's possible that the tiara (and maybe the entire suite of jewels, as the earrings appear to share some design commonalities with the tiara) was a loan for the occasion


A Royal Wedding Tiara in Lima

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On Friday, Christian of Hanover, son of the pretender to the Hanoverian throne, married Alessandra de Osma in a religious ceremony at the San Pedro Basilica in Lima, Peru. The wedding may have been far from Germany, but the family brought one of their heirloom tiaras along for the occasion. Here's a look at the jewels of this almost-royal wedding.

18 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Mary's Edwardian Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears her convertible Edwardian Tiara at the 80th birthday celebrations for King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway, May 2017; more on the tiara here!


The Queen Mother's Rock Crystal Brooch

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Really good royal brooches stand the test of time -- they look as good and as fresh when worn today as they did nearly a century ago. Today's brooch, the Queen Mother's Rock Crystal Brooch, fits that description perfectly.


17 March 2018

Shamrocks and Green Jewels for Kate

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made their annual St. Patrick's Day visit to the Irish Guards on Saturday, and Kate wore jewels very appropriate for the holiday to hand out shamrocks.


The Daily Diadem: The Napoleonic Cut-Steel Bandeau

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the Napoleonic Cut-Steel Bandeau during an official visit from the President of Turkey, March 2013; read more about the bandeau over here!


The Dufferin and Ava Shamrock Tiara

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, magpies! To celebrate the holiday, we're spending today with one of the sparkliest shamrock tiaras around: the diamond and pearl tiara worn by the Marchionesses of Dufferin and Ava.

16 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Vifte Tiara

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears Queen Maud's Vifte Tiara during the celebrations for King Harald and Queen Sonja's 80th birthdays, May 2017; read more about the tiara over here!


This Fortnight in Royal Jewels: March 2-15


March 2-15, 2018

Time for a supersized look at the best of the royal jewels worn over the last two weeks! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below...


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20. Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies wore a major star brooch for the International Women's Day United Nations Awards Luncheon in New York on March 8.

15 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara

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Crown Princess Alexandrine of Denmark (later Queen Alexandrine) wears the original bandeau version of the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara; read more about the historic ruby set over here!


Victoria's Name Day Jewels

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On Monday, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden attended her annual Name Day celebrations -- as well as a few other important family events! Here's a look at her jewels from the day.


14 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Connaught Diamond Tiara



Crown Princess Margareta of Sweden wears the Connaught Diamond Tiara, one of her wedding gifts, in a formal court portrait; read more about the tiara over here!


Jewel History: State Banquet for the Afghan Visitors (1928)

King George V and King Amanullah at the start of the 1928 state visit

"State Banquet for the Afghan Visitors"
(originally appeared in the Guardian, 14 March 1928)

The whole range of state rooms at Buckingham Palace were last night converted into floral arbours for the state banquet in honor of the King and Queen of Afghanistan [1]. There were flowers everywhere. In the banqueting hall itself rhododendrons, azaleas, and similar plants were massed against the walls; spring flowers were mingled with them, and daffodils, ranging from palest yellow to deepest gold, formed the table decoration. No setting could have been more fitting for the brilliant scene that was staged. The uniforms of the Afghans, the glittering orders of the men, the blaze of jewels worn by the women, the gorgeous medieval uniforms of the Yeomen of the Guard, could have asked no better background.

13 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Vasa Tiara

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Crown Princess Martha of Norway wears the Vasa Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1930s; read more about the tiara over here!


Diamond Jubilee Jewels for the Aga Khan

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I'm back, everybody! Hooray! (I told a little secret on Twitter about the real purpose of my trip -- you can find that over here!) While I was playing catch up, I knew we had to talk about this event: the dinner that Queen Elizabeth II held last week to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan.


12 March 2018

Commonwealth Day Jewels 2018

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The Windsors came out in force on Monday for the annual Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey and reception at Marlborough House. Here's a look at the jewels we saw on the royal ladies for the event.


The Daily Diadem: The Khedive of Egypt Tiara

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Crown Princess Ingrid (later Queen Ingrid) of Denmark wears the Khedive of Egypt Tiara in a portrait used on a souvenir from her wedding, 1935; much more about this important tiara over here!


Grand Duchess Maria Ana's Pearl Negligee Pendant

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Our celebrations of the jewelry of our Magpie of the Month, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, continues with a look at one of her most intriguing pieces: the pearl negligee pendant that belonged to Grand Duchess Maria Ana.


11 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the family's aquamarine kokoshnik at the Nobel Prize banquet, December 2017; read more about this classic tiara over here!


The Irish Guards Brooch

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With St. Patrick's Day quickly approaching, it's only right this weekend to turn our attention toward a British royal brooch with a major connection to the holiday: the Irish Guards Brooch.

10 March 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Aquamarine Bandeau

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wears the family's aquamarine bandeau at the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; read more about the tiara over here!


The Antique Pearl Tiara

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The glamorous Queen Maxima of the Netherlands has sported an array of tiaras from the Dutch royal family's vast jewel collection, but back in 2001, she selected her very first tiara from the family's stash: the base of the Antique Pearl Tiara.