19 April 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 at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; read more about this suite of jewels over here!


Graving Dock Diamonds on the Commonwealth Walkway

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom unveiled a new Commonwealth Walkway panel at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, and she wore a classic jewel, the Graving Dock Diamond Brooch, for the occasion.


18 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Mistletoe Tiara

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This pearl, diamond, and platinum tiara of mistletoe leaves, made for a 1910 wedding, is displayed with its original sketch at Mellerio's Paris store, December 2012


Even More Cartier Jewels in Canberra

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Last week, we took a tour of some of the Cartier tiaras currently on show in Canberra courtesy the photos generously shared by lovely reader DeluxeDuck. (If you missed that post, it's over here!) Today, we've got another post full of DD's glittering photos, showcasing some of the other jewels on display in the exhibition. Enjoy!


17 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Shell Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Mellerio Shell Tiara at a reception for the President of Germany, November 2002; read more about the tiara's history here!


Jewel History: May Announce Engagement of Royal Princess (1947)


"May Announce Engagement of Royal Princess"
(originally appeared in the Nanaimo Daily News, 16 Apr 1947) 

The Morning Citizen today said in a news-page story that it was "understood here on the highest authority" that the engagement of Princess Elizabeth, heiress presumptive to the British throne, to Lieut. Philip Mountbatten, formerly Prince Philip of Greece, will be announced next Monday on the Princess' 21st birthday.

"It is anticipated that the engagement announcement will be made by His Majesty the King himself from South Africa, possibly following a speech the Princess is to make on the occasion of her 21st birthday," the paper said. "The speech is to be relayed to the United Kingdom and it is anticipated that it may be heard throughout Canada as well." [1]


16 April 2018

Another Tiara Debut for Queen Letizia!

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We've got a delightful tiara surprise on this Monday afternoon, magpies: Queen Letizia of Spain has worn a new-to-her tiara!


The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Turquoise Floral Tiara

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A diamond, turquoise, gold, and silver tiara with a floral design, made in 1860, is displayed at Mellerio's store in Paris, December 2012


Queen Louise's Diamond Floral Bracelet

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, our Magpie of the Month, is famous for her innovative jewelry wearing. Today's piece, the diamond floral bracelet that belonged to Queen Louise of Sweden, is one of her favorites to experiment with.

15 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Mayoress Parmley's Tiara

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Wendy Parmley, Lady Mayoress of London, wears an ultra-modern tiara and matching earrings during the Spanish state visit, July 2017; I don't have additional information about the tiara's ownership or provenance


Princess Anne's Gold Ribbon Brooch

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When people think of the Princess Royal, they often think of her dedication to royal work, her passion for equestrianism, and her dedication to the Olympic movement. But Anne's also got a heck of a jewelry box, including the piece we're discussing today: her gold ribbon brooch.


14 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Mayoress Wootton's Bandeau

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Liz Wootton, Lady Mayoress of London, wears a small bandeau during the Turkish state visit, November 2011; I don't have additional information about the tiara's ownership or provenance


Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara

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Some of the most magnificent royal jewels in the world reside in the collections of a trio of Danish royal sisters: Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (our current Magpie of the Month!), Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, and Benedikte, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Today, we're focusing on Benedikte's diamond floral tiara, which she received as a coming-of-age birthday gift.


13 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Mayoress Wootton's Tiara

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Liz Wootton, Lady Mayoress of London, wears a diamond tiara at the Lord Mayor's Banquet at the Guildhall, November 2011; I don't have additional information about the tiara's ownership or provenance


This Week in Royal Jewels: April 6-12


April 6-12, 2018

The women of the royal world were hard at work this week, so we've got plenty of daytime jewels (plus a few evening baubles!) to enjoy. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. On Thursday, the Princess Royal wore classic pearl studs to visit her father, the Duke of Edinburgh, at King Edward VII Hospital in London. (According to Anne, the Duke, who had a hip replacement recently, was "on good form.")

12 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Mayoress Bear's Tiara

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Barbara Bear, Lady Mayoress of London, wears a petite tiara at the Lord Mayor's Banquet at the Guildhall, November 2010; I don't have additional information about the tiara's ownership or provenance


The Connaught Pearl Bar Brooch

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The brooch we're focusing on today isn't the grandest piece of jewelry that belongs to our Magpie of the Month, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, but it is a jewel with a remarkable history that links three royal families: the Connaught Pearl Bar Brooch.


11 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Mayoress Luder's Tiara

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Lin Luder, Lady Mayoress of London, wears a tiara during the Mexican state visit, March 2009; I don't have additional information about the tiara's ownership or provenance


King's Day Concert Jewels

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Queen Maxima and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands were among the members of the Dutch royal family who gathered in the Oosterpoort in Groningen on Monday for the annual King's Day concert. Here's a look at the jewels for the event.


10 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Mayoress Lewis's Tiara

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Theresa Lewis, Lady Mayoress of London, wears a bandeau set with diamonds and rubies at the Lord Mayor's Banquet at the Guildhall, November 2007; I don't have additional information about the tiara's ownership or provenance


Cartier Tiaras in Canberra

Photo generously shared by Javier. DO NOT REPRODUCE.

The incredible exhibition of Cartier jewels currently on display in Australia is a treasure trove of glittering enjoyment. After our media preview here on the blog, I heard from several of you that you'd been able to attend. Lovely reader DeluxeDuck was kind enough to send along numerous fantastic photographs from the exhibition, allowing those of us across the world to peek inside. Today, I'm so thrilled to be able to share the first of two posts featuring DD's fabulous photos from the show. This post focuses solely on the magnificent tiaras on display; the next post will feature additional non-tiara pieces.


09 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Mayoress Blackshaw's Tiara

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Carole Blackshaw, Lady Mayoress of London, wears a baroque pearl and diamond tiara during the Russian state visit, June 2003; Lady Mayoresses often borrow tiaras, and this sparkler, which apparently once belonged to a Hanoverian prince, is now the property of the Qatar Museums Authority


Jewels in Motion: The Fife Tiara

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The magnificent Fife Tiara, which has a new home at Kensington Palace, is impressive enough in photographs, but when you see it in motion, it really comes alive. Today, we've got some excellent views of the tiara's movement, as well as the way that parts of the jewel are designed. Enjoy!

08 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Diamond Bandeau and the Wurttemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara

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Princess Maxima (now Queen Maxima) of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Diamond Bandeau and Queen Beatrix (now Princess Beatrix) of the Netherlands wears the Wurttemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara at Beatrix's pre-abdication dinner, April 2013; read more about Maxima's tiara here and Beatrix's tiara over here!


Princess Louise's Diamond and Pearl Drop Brooch

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Our weekend look at some of the grandest brooches in royal jewelry boxes lands in Denmark today, where Queen Margrethe wears a magnificent diamond and pearl brooch that has been in Denmark's royal vaults for several generations. Here's how the diamond and pearl brooch that belonged to Queen Louise of Sweden ended up in Copenhagen.


07 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Miller Fringe Tiara and the Khedive of Egypt Tiara

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Marie-Chantal of Greece and Denmark wears the Miller Fringe Tiara and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wears the Khedive of Egypt Tiara at the pre-wedding gala for Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; read more about Marie-Chantal's tiara here and Anne-Marie's tiara over here!


The Akishino Tiara

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You've all seen the row of carefully coiffed Japanese princesses attending events at the imperial court: immaculately dressed royal ladies sporting coordinated sets of jewels and toting traditional fans. One of the most senior of these women is the Princess Akishino, the wife of the second son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Let's have a look at the tiara that Kiko wears, shall we?

06 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Chaumet Choker Tiara and Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wears the family's Chaumet Choker Tiara and Queen Sonja of Norway wears Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara at a pre-wedding gala for Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; read more about Maria Teresa's tiara here and Sonja's tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: March 30-April 5


March 30-April 5, 2018

Religious observances and Commonwealth events dominated this week's royal jewelry landscape. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Infanta Cristina of Spain wore double diamond stud earrings on Tuesday for a mass commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of her paternal grandfather, the Count of Barcelona.

05 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Poire Tiara and the Mellerio Ruby Tiara

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Pearl Poire Tiara and Queen (now Princess) Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Mellerio Ruby Tiara at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, June 2010; read more about Margrethe's tiara here and Beatrix's tiara over here!


Jewel History: The Pearl Necklace Scheme (1918)

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"The Pearl Necklace Scheme"
(originally appeared in the Observer, 14 April 1918)

Remarkable progress of the Red Cross Pearl Necklace scheme [1] will be reported on Wednesday next, when, under the presidency of Princess Victoria [2], the general committee and patroness meet at noon at the Royal Automobile Club. During the past few days there has been an extension of the scheme in the provinces, where women have undertaken the collection of pearls.


04 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Mary's Wedding Tiara and the Nine Provinces Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the pearl setting of her wedding tiara and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears the bandeau setting of the Nine Provinces Tiara at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, June 2015; more on Mary's tiara here and Mathilde's tiara over here!


The Danish Sapphire Fleur-de-Lis Brooch

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It's a a new month, which means it's also time for a new Magpie of the Month! This April, we're celebrating the jewels of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, who turns 78 this month. Margrethe's jewel box is one of the most interesting in Europe, filled with heirloom pieces, sentimental items, and modern jewels. Today, we're kicking things off with a look at a classic piece: her Sapphire Fleur-de-Lis Brooch.


03 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara and Princess Mabel's Wedding Tiara

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands wears Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara and Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau wears her diamond wedding tiara at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, June 2010; learn more about Laurentien's tiara over here and Mabel's tiara over here!

(And psst -- there's a third tiara surprise hidden in the background! That's Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wearing her mother's Floral Birthday Tiara!)


Preview: Cartier in Canberra

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Attention, Aussies: a spectacular exhibition of Cartier jewels has arrived in Canberra! I've read comments from many of you who are planning to attend, and today I've got a bit of a preview of what you'll see on display at the National Gallery of Australia. Enjoy!

02 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Connaught Diamond Tiara and the Baden Fringe Tiara

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Princess Birgitta of Sweden and Hohenzollern wears the Connaught Diamond Tiara and Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler wears the Baden Fringe at the wedding of their niece, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013; read more about Birgitta's tiara over here and Margaretha's tiara over here!


Easter Jewels in Mallorca 2018

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The Spanish royals gathered on Sunday to attend Easter mass in Palma de Mallorca. Here's a look at the jewels we saw for the holiday!


Easter Jewels at Windsor 2018

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The annual British royal Easter parade took place on Sunday morning at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. Here's a look at the jewels that the ladies wore with their Easter bonnets!


01 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Baden Seed Pearl Tiara

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The Baden Seed Pearl Tiara is displayed ahead of its auction at Christie's, May 2007; learn more about the piece's remarkable history (and its current home!) over here!


The Braganza Rose Brooch

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We recently discussed the gorgeous diamond brooches owned by the grand ducal family of Luxembourg, and researching that post made me think of another favorite diamond floral brooch: the gorgeous diamond rose brooch from the magnificent Braganza Parure.