30 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

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In an official portrait for her 1959 tour of Canada and the United States, Queen Elizabeth II wears the pearl setting of the Vladimir Tiara with Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace and Queen Mary's Chain Link Bracelet; read more about the tiara over here!


Queen Margrethe's Rooster Brooch

Margrethe wears the brooch at the Diocletian palace in Split during an official visit to Croatia, 24 October 2014 (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Brooches with animal themes are popular in royal collections, but not many monarchs have a bejeweled chicken in their jewel vaults! We're wrapping up our month-long tour of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's jewelry box with a look at her very own rooster brooch, which she's been gamely sporting for half a century.


29 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Anastasia's Wedding Tiara

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Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark, previously Nancy Leeds, wears a bandeau-style tiara for her wedding to Prince Christopher of Greece and Denmark, February 1920; the whereabouts of this tiara appear to be unknown


The Duchess of Cambridge's Brooches

Kate wears the Five Pearl Brooch during the Battle of Passchendaele commemorations, 30 July 2017 (Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)

Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary. To mark that occasion here, we're taking our usual weekend brooch post and amping it up! Here's a look at a number of the brooches we've seen Kate wear since she became an HRH.


28 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara


Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark, born Princess Alice of Battenberg, wears her diamond meander tiara with a pair of horseshoe-shaped hair combs in a portrait, ca. 1915; read more about the tiara over here!


The Iveagh Tiara

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When tiara lovers today hear the phrase “wedding gift to Queen Mary,” you can almost bet that their thoughts turn quickly to one of her most famous sparklers, the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. But that wasn’t the only tiara that Mary was given to celebrate her marriage to the future King George V — today’s sparkler, the Iveagh Tiara, was also included in her nuptial jewelry haul.


27 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Maria Georgievna's Kokoshnik

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Grand Duchess Maria Georgievna of Russia, born Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark, wears a kokoshnik that appears to be set with pearls in an official court portrait, ca. 1900; I don't have any specific information about the tiara's status today


This Week in Royal Jewels: April 20-26


April 20-26, 2018

Buckle up, magpies -- we've got a MASSIVE royal jewel review for you to enjoy this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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25. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore pearls on Sunday to meet with the United Nations Secretary-General in Uppsala.

26 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Russian Pearl Bandeau


Princess Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, born Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia, wears her Russian Pearl Bandeau in a portrait, ca. 1912; read more about the tiara here!


The Devonshire Turquoise Brooch

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Last week, we discussed a brooch that Queen Margrethe II of Denmark received from her British royal aunt, Lady Patricia Ramsay, and today, we're focusing on another brooch that links Margrethe with her British royal heritage: the Devonshire Turquoise Brooch.


25 April 2018

Meghan Markle Sparkles in Cartier

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Royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle has been in the spotlight quite a bit over the last week, and for three of her recent appearances, she's worn the same pair of earrings: new glittering diamond studs from Cartier.


The Daily Diadem: Alexandra Georgievna's Fringe Tiara

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Grand Duchess Alexandra Georgievna of Russia, born Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, wears a diamond fringe tiara backed by a fabric kokoshnik in an official court portrait, ca. 1890; the diamond fringe may be the same one that was later worn by her widower's second wife, Princess Olga Paley, and which was confiscated by the government after the revolution


Book Review: A Trio of Meghan Markle Biographies


With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding less than a month away, book publishers have been scrambling to release new biographies of the couple and their relationship. Today, I'm reviewing three of them here -- and hopefully helping you decide which ones you might want to read ahead of the big day!


24 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Sophie of the Hellenes wears her diamond tiara in a portrait taken shortly after her husband's accession, 1913; read more about this big-gun tiara over here!


Pearls for a Baby Prince

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their third child to the world on Monday, and Kate wore a pair of earrings with sentimental family links to debut her baby prince.


Jewel History: Buys $50,000 Necklace for $20 (1908)

Aleksey Stepanov's 1903 portrait of Princess Zinaida Yusupova wearing her pearls (Wikimedia Commons)

"Buys $50,000 Necklace for $20"
(originally appeared in the Oregon Sunday Journal, 26 Apr 1908)

PARIS, March 14 -- The joy of a woman who, through the blunder of a clerk in a jewelry store, is able to buy a $50,000 pearl necklace for $20 must be intense. But it is only a circumstance to the sorrow of the employer of the clerk whose innocence made the mistake possible. Luckily for the jeweler (and the clerk) the woman who purchased the string of precious stones was honest when put to the severe test and returned them when she discovered that a most amazing mistake had been made.

A story like this deserves to take its place side by side with the one that tells of the buying of Manhattan island for a paltry $14. It is more incredible to present day readers. Yet it is just as true, for this comedy, which came very near being a tragedy, involving as it did the possible ruin of the jeweler, has just been enacted here.


23 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara

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Queen Olga of the Hellenes wears her Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara with pearls and pieces from the accompanying ruby parure in this detail from a portrait by Laurits Tuxen, ca. 1914; read more about the tiara here!


Jewels of the Queen's Birthday Party

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom turned 92 on Saturday, and the nation threw her an elaborate birthday party concert at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate. Here's a look at the jewels worn by her family for the big event.


22 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Amethyst Comb

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An amethyst and gold comb ornament, made in the 1830s, is displayed with pieces from its accompanying parure at Mellerio's Paris store, December 2012


The Flower Basket Brooch

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Our celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 92nd birthday rolls on today with a look at one of her most sentimental brooches: the sweet basket of gem-studded flowers that she's worn for seven decades.


21 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Margherita's Mellerio Floral Tiara

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Queen Margherita of Italy wears her Mellerio diamond tiara with floral and wreath designs in a portrait; today, the tiara belongs to the Tokyo-based Albion Art Institute


The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

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Today, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom celebrates her 92nd birthday. To commemorate that remarkable occasion, we're focusing today on her very favorite diadem: the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara.


20 April 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Countess of Paris's Mellerio Sapphire Tiara

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Princess Helene of Orleans wears her mother's Mellerio Sapphire Tiara as she arrives with her father for her wedding to Count Evrard de Limburg-Stirum at the Royal Chapel in Dreux, 1957; the tiara, made in the 1930s in the Art Deco style, now belongs to Helene's sister, Isabelle


This Week in Royal Daytime Jewels: April 13-19


April 13-19, 2018

Here's the rest of the best royal jewels of the week, including pieces that were mainly worn for daytime engagements. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wore playful green earrings for a meeting with Prime Minister Modi of India at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on Tuesday.

This Week in Royal Gala Jewels: April 13-19


April 13-19, 2018

Time for the first of two royal jewel roundups for the week! This sparkly edition features the gala jewels worn this week, including a whole lot of tiaras. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below, and stay tuned later today for even more royal jewels! 


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10. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wore pale pink statement earrings on Monday for the premiere of The Color Purple in Amsterdam.

19 April 2018

First Look: Queen Elizabeth II at the 2018 CHOGM Banquet

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I'm prepping an enormous This Week in Royal Jewels post for tomorrow morning that will heavily feature jewels worn during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting events in London, but I thought I'd give you a little early look at what the Queen wore at the annual CHOGM banquet this evening. We've got the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, ruby cluster earrings that belonged to Queen Mary, and the Greville Ruby Necklace, most recently worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Enjoy, and look for more CHOGM banquet jewels in tomorrow's countdown post!


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.