30 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara (and necklace) to the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium, 3 November 1952; learn more about the now-dismantled tiara over here!


The Fife Tiara

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There are tiaras -- and then there are masterpieces. Today's tiara definitely falls into the latter category. One of the most stunning tiaras in the collections of the extended British royal family, the Fife Tiara was given to Princess Louise, the daughter of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, as a wedding gift in 1889.


29 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 pink gemstone (variously described as a kunzite or a pink topaz) for a Guildhall banquet in honor of the President of India, 27 October 2009; read more about the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: June 22-28


June 22-28, 2018

State visits, horse races, national celebrations -- and tiaras! You've got plenty to choose from this week, so don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. The Princess Takamado, honorary president of Japan's Football Association, continues to delight at the World Cup in Russia with soccer-themed jewelry; she wore this pair of earrings and brooch with a gold and diamond necklace and a lovely ring on Sunday during the Japan-Senegal match.


28 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Modern Gold Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the green tourmaline setting of the tiara from her modern gold parure during a gala dinner honoring the President of Brazil in Oslo, 13 September 2007; read more about the tiara over here!


TCJ Book Club Pick: Cherie Burns's Diving for Starfish



Drumroll, please! Our July 2018 selection for The Court Jeweller Book Club is...


TCJ Book Club Discussion: Julia P. Gelardi's Born to Rule

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It's time for the inaugural discussion post for The Court Jeweller Book Club, everybody! Many of you have been reading along with our June 2018 selection, Julia P. Gelardi's Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria, over the course of the last month, and today we're going to chat about our thoughts on the book.


27 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara

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Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wears her diamond floral tiara at a gala dinner held before the wedding of her nephew, Crown Prince Frederik, 11 May 2004; read more about the tiara over here!


Royal Jewels to Celebrate Young Leaders

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Members of the British royal family gathered at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of young people from across the Commonwealth working to improve the lives of people across a diverse range of issues.


26 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau

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The Duchess of Sussex wears Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau (which includes the County of Lincoln Brooch) at her royal wedding in Windsor, 19 May 2018; more on the tiara here!


Princess Astrid's Gala Jewels

Prince Lorenz and Princess Astrid attend a gala performance at the Stockholm Concert Hall on the eve of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden's wedding, 18 June 2010 (FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Princess Astrid of Belgium, our Magpie of the Month, is the daughter of one monarch, the sister of another, and the cousin of several more -- which means she has lots of opportunities to wear her most glittering jewels. Here's a look at some of her gala appearances over the past fifteen years.


25 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara during a gala dinner for the President of Portugal, 16 April 2018; read more about the tiara over here!


National Day Jewels in Luxembourg

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This weekend, Luxembourg's grand ducal family led the country's annual National Day festivities, with multiple appearances and a glittering gala.


24 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Elisabeth's Star Tiara

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Queen Elisabeth of Romania wears a bandeau-style tiara festooned with stars in a portrait taken by the Romanian photographer Franz Mandy, ca. 1882; I don't have any information about the specific fate of this piece, but very little from the Romanian royal vaults has survived to the present day


The Coral Rose Brooch

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Floral brooches make up a major part of the Queen's jewelry collection, but the brooch we're discussing today -- her Coral Rose Brooch -- puts a new twist on the design, presenting a naturalistic form in vivid color.


23 June 2018

Royal Ascot Jewels 2018 (Day 5)

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The whirlwind of hats, jewels, and horses at Royal Ascot has come to a close for another year. Here's a look at the royal jewels we saw on the final day of the races.


The Daily Diadem: The Baden Fringe Tiara

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Queen Victoria of Sweden wears her diamond fringe tiara with pearls and Queen Josefina's Diamond Stomacher in a portrait; learn more about the tiara here and the stomacher here!


The Poltimore Tiara

Princess Margaret wears the Poltimore Tiara on her wedding day, 6 May 1960 (Getty Images)

If ever there was a tiara match made in heaven, it was Princess Margaret and this whopper of a tiara. The Poltimore, with its floral and scroll elements, may not have been made for Margaret’s swinging ’60s beehive hairdo, but when the two came together, it was tiara kismet.


22 June 2018

Royal Ascot Jewels 2018 (Day 4)

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The races at Royal Ascot are nearing their end for the year, and that typically means that royal attendance also declines. That's certainly the case today -- but we did get our annual appearance from a rather interesting former member of the family!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Farida's Wedding Tiara

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Queen Farida of Egypt, born Safinaz Zulficar, wears a diamond tiara featuring peacock and lotus flower motifs for her wedding to King Farouk, 20 January 1938; the current status of the tiara is unknown


This Week in Royal Jewels: June 15-21


June 15-21, 2018

Another week, another super-sized edition of our weekly royal jewelry review! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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20. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wore green statement earrings during a working visit to Groningen on Tuesday.

21 June 2018

Royal Ascot Jewels 2018 (Day 3)

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It's Ladies' Day today at Royal Ascot, and the British royal women brought some major sparkle with them for the occasion.

The Daily Diadem: Lady Astor's Tiara

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Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor wears her famous tiara, which included the Sancy Diamond, in a portrait taken ca. 1936; learn more about the tiara over here!


Princess Thyra's Sapphire Tiara

Princess Elisabeth of Denmark attends a celebratory dinner at Christiansborg Palace in honor of the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, 11 May 2004 (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Yesterday, the Danish court shared the sad news that Princess Elisabeth, Queen Margrethe II's cousin, had died at the age of 83 following a long illness. To pay tribute to the late princess, today we're enjoying a look at the tiara she wore most often: Princess Thyra's Sapphire Tiara.


20 June 2018

Royal Ascot Jewels 2018 (Day 2)

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It's the second day of the Royal Ascot races, and we've got even more royal jewelry to enjoy! Here's a look at the sparkle on display.

The Daily Diadem: The Midnight Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the Midnight Tiara at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 8 June 2013; read more about the tiara over here!


Queen Letizia Sparkles in the States

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain just wrapped up an official visit to the United States, where they focused their time on areas once ruled by the Spanish crown. Here's a look at the jewels Letizia wore during the trip.


19 June 2018

Golden Nymph Diamonds for Princess Charlene

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Princess Charlene of Monaco stepped out on Tuesday night to attend the closing ceremony and Golden Nymph Awards of the 58th Monte Carlo Television Festival, and she wore a major pair of statement earrings for the occasion.


Royal Ascot Jewels 2018 (Day 1)

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It's that time of year again, everyone: Royal Ascot has arrived! Here's a look at the royal jewels we saw this morning on the racecourse for the first day of the races.


The Daily Diadem: The Thurn und Taxis Sapphire Tiara

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Princess Margarethe Klementina of Thurn und Taxis (born Archduchess Maria Klementina of Austria) wears the family's towering diamond and sapphire tiara in a portrait, ca. 1890s; the tiara is still owned by the Thurn und Taxis family today


On the Block: Royal Jewels from the Bourbon-Parma Family

A model wears Maria Teresa of Savoy's diamond girandole earrings and Marie Antoinette's diamond and pearl pendant in London, 12 June 2018 (Michael Bowles/Getty Images for Sotheby's)

A big royal jewelry story is currently brewing in Geneva, where Sotheby's is preparing to auction more than 100 pieces of jewelry from the Bourbon-Parma family. Although the sale is still months away, the auction house is already calling it "one of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to come to auction." Previews are just starting, and we've got a first look at some of the jewels that will be offered this November.


18 June 2018

The Daily Diadem: Grand Duchess Hilda's Floral Tiara

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Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden (born Princess Hilda of Nassau) wears her diamond floral tiara around the time of her marriage in 1885; the tiara was later bequeathed to her niece, Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg, who wore it in public in the 1960s


Garter Day Jewels 2018

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It's time for one of the most delightful, old-fashioned royal days of the year: Garter Day! The Knights and Ladies of the Order of the Garter gathered today for their annual service at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, and we had a few pieces of lovely royal jewelry on show.


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!