18 June 2018

The Queen's Garter Day Earrings

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the Order of the Garter Service, 14 June 2004 (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Get excited, everybody: after last year's hiatus (thanks to the general election), Garter Day festivities return today at Windsor Castle! Although the Queen wears the same attire -- the robes of the Order of the Garter -- every year for the service, the day gives us a chance to see some unusual outings from the Queen's earring collection. Here's a look at the earrings she's worn on the day for the past two decades.


17 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Adelaide's Diamond Fringe Tiara

National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears Queen Adelaide's diamond fringe on a tiara frame in a portrait taken by Bassano in 1911; learn more about the fringe over here!


Empress Marie Feodorovna's Sapphire Brooch

Queen Elizabeth II opens a new children's park at Pitten Crieff Park in Dunfermline, 1 July 2003 (ANDREW PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images)

One of my favorite things about pearls are their ability to coordinate so seamlessly in jewels featuring colorful gemstone. This lovely, classic brooch from the Queen's collection, Empress Marie Feodorovna's Sapphire Brooch, combines a beautiful sapphire and diamonds with a pearl drop.


16 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Barrington's Tiara

National Portrait Gallery, London

Charlotte Barrington, Viscountess Barrington wears a diamond and pearl tiara in a portrait taken by Bassano at the time of the 1911 coronation; I have no additional information about the jewels depicted here


The Howe Diamond Fringe Tiara

(National Portrait Gallery, London)

I'm an unabashed lover of fringe tiaras, but their simplicity often leads jewelers to join them with other, more elaborate pieces of jewelry to form larger, grander diadems. Today's sparkler, the Howe Diamond Fringe Tiara, is just one of those pieces.


15 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Suffolk Sapphire Tiara

National Portrait Gallery, London

Daisy Howard, Countess of Suffolk wears a sapphire and diamond tiara in a portrait taken by Bassano, ca. 1904; the tiara looks like it may have been a converted necklace


This Week in Royal Jewels: June 8-14


June 8-14, 2018

It's been a busy royal week, and we've got loads of jewels for you to enjoy! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. Queen Letizia of Spain wore a pair of dramatic shoulder-grazing earrings for a Foundation Against Drug Addiction meeting in Madrid on Tuesday.

14 June 2018

Royal Diamonds and Pearls in Cheshire

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Queen Elizabeth II brought along her new granddaughter-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex, for a day of engagements in Cheshire on Thursday -- and we got to see a new piece of royal jewelry in the process!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Victoria's Sunray Fringe Tiara

National Portrait Gallery, London

Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom wears the sunray fringe tiara that belonged to her mother, Queen Victoria, in a portrait by Bassano taken in June 1911; the fate of the tiara, which is set atop a meander base here, is unknown


The Duchess of Cornwall's Pearl Necklace Collection

The Duchess of Cornwall attends the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse, 6 November 2012 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

June is the month for celebrating the glorious, luminous pearl, and today we've got a bit of a pearly treat for you: a tour through the pearls in the Duchess of Cornwall's extensive jewelry collection. Here's a look at some of the examples we've seen her wear both before and since becoming a member of the royal family.


13 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Dixon-Hartland's Tiara

National Portrait Gallery, London

Agnes, Lady Dixon-Hartland is pictured wearing an unusual tiara in a portrait taken by Bassano shortly after her wedding to Sir Frederick Dixon-Hartland in 1895; I have no additional information about the jewels pictured


Princess Astrid's Chanel Pearl Necklace

Princess Astrid of Belgium attends the wedding of her son, Prince Amedeo, in Rome, 5 July 2014 (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Magpie of the Month, Princess Astrid of Belgium, is a huge fan of Chanel. You'll often see her sporting clothes and handbags from the fashion house -- and, as we're discussing today, jewelry! Here's a closer look at one of her most eye-catching Chanel necklaces.


12 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Wedding Gift Tiara

National Portrait Gallery, London

The Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra) wears the tiara from her wedding gift parure in a portrait taken by Bassano in the Marlborough House conservatory, May 1881; learn more about the tiara over here!


Debunking Three Tiara Myths

Crown Princess Victoria wears the Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara at the Nobel Prize Banquet, 10 December 2004 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Last month's royal wedding brought out a crop of royal etiquette experts who had lots to say about the "rules" of tiaras: when and where they can be worn and (most importantly) who can wear them. Today, I'm debunking three of these oft-repeated "myths" about tiara-wearing. Don't trust everything you read -- tiaras are much more accessible pieces than you'd think!


11 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lady Merthyr's Tiara

National Portrait Gallery, London

Elizabeth Anna Lewis, Lady Merthyr wears a suite of coordinating jewels, including a tiara, in a portrait taken by Bassano at 25 Old Bond Street in London, July 1920; I have no additional information about the jewels


Jewel History: Palace for a Bride (1898)

Newspaper illustration of Edith Dresser Vanderbilt, June 1898

"Palace for a Bride"
(originally appeared in the Inter-Ocean, 5 Jun 1898)

When Mr. George Vanderbilt [1] takes his young wife to Biltmore, in North Carolina [2], he will establish his bride in a more splendid home than any American ever did before. Mr. Vanderbilt's place in the mountains is not only the most magnificent country seat in the United States, but it is one of the grandest in all the world.


10 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara

Grand Ladies Site

Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears her Lover's Knot Tiara with its original upright pearls in this detail from Arthur Trevethin Nowell's 1927 portrait; more on the tiara here!


Queen Margrethe's Mirrored Turquoise Brooch

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark absolutely loves turquoise and diamond jewelry -- her collection is filled with heirloom jewels she has inherited as well as modern pieces she and her late husband, Prince Henrik, acquired themselves. Today's piece, a lovely turquoise and diamond brooch with a mirrored design, is one of the lovely antique examples from her jewelry box.


09 June 2018

Trooping the Colour Jewels 2018

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It's that time of year again -- the Queen's Very Merry Un-Birthday! Here's a look at the jewels worn this morning in London for the annual Trooping the Colour festivities.

The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Poire Tiara

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Pearl Poire Tiara during her Ruby Jubilee celebrations in Copenhagen, January 2012; read more on the tiara over here!


Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara

Alice wears the tiara in a portrait, ca. 1914 (Royal Collection)

We spent a lot of the last month here discussing British royal wedding tiaras, and today, I've got a deep dive into the history of one of the most fascinating of them all: the diamond meander bandeau that belonged to Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark.


08 June 2018

Christening Cameos for Princess Adrienne

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The newest member of the Swedish royal family, Princess Adrienne, was christened in the chapel at Drottningholm Palace this morning, and her family wore lots of jewels to celebrate.


The Daily Diadem: The Antique Pearl Tiara

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Queen (now Princess) Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Antique Pearl Tiara during an official visit to Estonia, May 2008; more on the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: June 1-7


June 1-7, 2018

We've arrived in Royal June, one of the busiest times of the year -- and our royal jewel review is appropriately super-sized! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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20. Queen Letizia of Spain wore a pair of delicate earrings with hoop dangles for a meeting with the members of the Boards of Trustees of the Princess of Asturias Foundation in Madrid on Friday.

07 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the full setting of the (replica of) Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara during the celebrations for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's Ruby Jubilee, January 2012; read much more about both the original and replica tiaras over here!


Dutch Royal Sparkle in The Hague

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King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands were on hand in The Hague on Wednesday at an awards ceremony for the Appeltjes van Oranje program, part of the Oranje Foundation.


06 June 2018

Royal Jewels at the Royal Mews

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cornwall made a visit to the Royal Mews on Wednesday, where they attended a celebration for the tenth anniversary of the Medical Detection Dogs charity.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara

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Princess Benedikte of Denmark wears Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara for a Culture and Sport Gala Evening at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, March 2009; more on the tiara here!


Jewel History: Churchill 'Bounces' at Glittering Party (1953)

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh travel to Sir Winston Churchill's coronation dinner at Lancaster House, 5 June 1953 (Daily Express)

"Churchill 'Bounces' at Glittering Party"
(originally appeared in the Ottawa Journal, 6 Jun 1953)

LONDON, June 6 -- A crowd of 50,000 cheered the Queen [1] last night when she came out on to the balcony of Buckingham Palace after a reception for 2,000 foreign Coronation guests at the palace state apartments.

She wore a white-and-silver lace dress over gold lame, with a sparkling tiara [2]. The Duke of Edinburgh [3], who waved with her to the crowd for five minutes, wore his uniform as Admiral of the Fleet.


05 June 2018

Blooming Baubles at Buckingham Palace

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The Windsors held a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, and several royal ladies -- and one dapper royal gentleman! -- wore accessories worth seeing.


The Daily Diadem: Princess Charlotte's Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears the Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara that belonged to her grandmother, Princess Charlotte, for the pre-wedding gala in Luxembourg, October 2012; read more here!


Princess Astrid's Square-Cut Diamond Drop Earrings

Princess Astrid of Belgium arrives to view the New Zealand Memorial Wall to the Missing during the Commemoration for the Battle of Passchendaele in Flanders, 12 October 2017 (Tim Rooke-Pool/Getty Images)

With the royal wedding behind us, it's time once again to spend the month focusing on the jewelry collection of one royal in particular! Our Magpie of the Month for June is an elegant continental royal: Princess Astrid of Belgium, daughter of one king and sister of another. Today, we're looking at one of my favorite pairs of earrings from her jewelry box: her square-cut diamond drop earrings.


04 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Rosebery Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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The Rosebery Pearl and Diamond Tiara, most recently owned by the late 6th Duke of Westminster, is photographed prior to its auction at Christie's, 6 June 2011; the tiara was sold for $1.9 million and is owned today by the Qatar Museums Authority Collection


On the Block: Four Tiaras at Christie's

Christie's

In a little over a week, Christie's in London will be holding an Important Jewels sale -- with tiaras included! Here's a look at the four tiaras that will be auctioned on June 13.


03 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the emerald setting of the Vladimir Tiara with jewels from the Delhi Durbar Suite for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Dinner in Malta, November 2015; read more about the tiara over here!


The Pearl Triangle Brooch

Queen Elizabeth II wears the Pearl Triangle Brooch during a visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, 25 May 2000 (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has a famously vast collection of brooches, including many classic pieces set with diamonds and pearls. Over the past three decades, though, one of these pearl and diamond brooches has become a steady favorite: the Pearl Triangle Brooch.


02 June 2018

Amethysts at the Epsom Derby

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Queen Elizabeth II was off to the races on Saturday, attending the Epsom Derby in Surrey. For the occasion, she wore one of the oldest brooches in her collection: the Kent Amethyst Brooch.


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the tiara from the family's emerald parure during an official visit from Prince Albert II of Monaco, June 2014; read more about this intriguing tiara over here!


The Braganza Floral Necklace Tiara

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As they lost their thrones, many royal families struggled to hang on to their jewelry, too. But, thanks to the careful planning of ancestors along the way, the current pretender to the Portuguese throne and his wife still have quite a jewelry collection at their disposal. Today, we're looking at the floral diamond suite from the Braganza collection, which includes a necklace that can also be worn as a tiara.


01 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Honeysuckle Tiara

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears Queen Mary's Honeysuckle Tiara with its emerald centerpiece during a banquet for the President of South Africa, March 2010; read more about the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: May 25-31


May 25-31, 2018

We've already counted down the best jewels from Denmark's tiara-fest this week, and now we've got the best of the rest! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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20. For Thursday's garden party at Buckingham Palace, Princess Eugenie of York wore delicate earrings -- and a hat that expresses her feelings a few months before her wedding.

This Week in Royal Birthday Tiaras: May 25-31


May 25-31, 2018

Just like last week, our royal jewel bounty is so great that we need to break our weekly review in two! This countdown features my ten favorite tiaras from Saturday's birthday celebrations in Copenhagen. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll -- and to stop back here in a few hours for even more royal jewelry!


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10. Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, daughter of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, borrowed the all-diamond version of her mother's Floral Birthday Tiara for her cousin's birthday gala. (More on the tiara over here!)