31 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Amethyst Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the tiara from the family's amethyst parure in its necklace configuration for the pre-wedding reception for Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, 24 August 2001; more on the tiara/necklace over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: August 24-30


August 24-30, 2018

We're back in the swing of things with some major jewels this week -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. The Duchess of Sussex chose gold earrings on Wednesday night in London for a special performance of Hamilton in support of Sentebale. (Much more over here!)

30 August 2018

New Details about Princess Marie's New Tiara!

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Get excited, everyone -- we've got some new information about the sparkling tiara that Princess Marie of Denmark debuted this week!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara (Smaller Setting)

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the smaller setting of the replica of Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara at a dinner in honor of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's 70th birthday, 16 April 2010; read more about the recreated tiara over here!


TCJ Book Club Pick: Craig Brown's Ma'am Darling


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TCJ Book Club Discussion: Janice Hadlow's A Royal Experiment

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August has nearly come to a close, which means it's time once again to discuss our latest selection for The Court Jeweller Book Club: Janice Hadlow's A Royal Experiment.

29 August 2018

Glitter and Gold for Meghan at Hamilton

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On Wednesday night, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex put on their glad rags to attend a very special musical event in London's West End.


French Visit to Denmark: Tours and Farewells

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The French state visit to Denmark wrapped up today with engagements in Copenhagen and a low-key return dinner. Here's a look at the jewels we saw from the royals today.


The Daily Diadem: The Modern Gold Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears her Modern Gold Tiara for a state banquet at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, 15 October 2007; more on this unique set here!


Royal Jewel Rewind: The Norwegian Royal Wedding (1968)

The guests in attendance at Harald and Sonja's wedding, 29 August 1968 (AFP/Getty Images)

Today, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway mark their golden wedding anniversary, and we're celebrating the milestone by looking back at the tiaras worn for their wedding fifty years ago. Enjoy!


28 August 2018

French Visit to Denmark: State Banquet Jewels

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We've got all kinds of glitter coming from the French state banquet in Copenhagen this evening -- including a brand new tiara!


French Visit to Denmark: Arrival at Amalienborg

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As summer draws to a close, we're starting the autumn season of state visit jewels, and today, we're kicking things off with the jewels worn for this morning's welcome ceremony during the French state visit to Denmark.


The Daily Diadem: The Maltese Cross Bandeau

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the base of the Maltese Cross Tiara as a bandeau at the American-Scandinavian Foundation Annual Gala Dinner in New York, 15 October 2002; read more about this British/Norwegian royal heirloom over here!


Queen Anne-Marie's Anchor Brooch

Anne-Marie wears her anchor brooch at the christening of Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine of Denmark, 14 April 2011 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, we spent some time with the anchor brooches from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's jewelry box. But she's not the only member of the Danish royal family to wear a jeweled anchor. Today, we've got a closer look at the anchor brooch worn by her sister, Queen Anne-Marie.


27 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara

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Crown Princess Sonja (later Queen Sonja) of Norway wears the original, complete version of Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara for a banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in Oslo, 13 May 1981; more on this now-lost tiara over here!


The Swedish Tiarapedia Is Here!

The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

My encyclopedic journey through the world of royal tiaras continues this week in Sweden, as I've compiled the Swedish portion of a favorite part of this website, The Tiarapedia!


26 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Methuen Floral Tiara

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The Methuen Floral Tiara, also known as the Post Diamond Tiara, is displayed with its matching floral brooches at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.; the tiara, which belonged to the Barons Methuen, was purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1970 and gifted to the Smithsonian Institution


Princess Maria Laura's Emeralds

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Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, niece of the country's king, celebrates a milestone birthday today. To help mark her 30th, we're looking at one of her sparkliest jewelry moments to date: the diamond and emerald suite she wore for her brother's wedding.


25 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Burmese Ruby Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Burmese Ruby Tiara for a state banquet in Slovenia, 21 October 2008; read more about the tiara here!


Queen Mary's Diamond Lozenge Tiara

Princess Margaret wears the tiara during the celebrations for the inauguration of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, 6 Sep 1948 (Dutch National Archives/Wikimedia Commons)

When the Duchess of Sussex unearthed Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau for her wedding earlier this year, royal jewel lovers rejoiced. But get excited, because there is very likely another diamond bandeau from Mary's collection still extant in the vaults: her Diamond Lozenge Tiara.


24 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara

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Princess Marie of Denmark wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara for the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden in Stockholm, 8 June 2013; more on the tiara here!


This Fortnight in Royal Jewels: August 10-23


August 10-23, 2018

Summer means that most royal ladies are on holiday, but we've still got a selection of jewels from the past two weeks to enjoy. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Princess Sofia of Sweden wore slender hoop earrings and delicate bracelets on August 23 for the inauguration of Prince Alexander's viewpoint at the Nynas Nature Reserve in Gisesjon.

23 August 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 its coordinating necklace at the Royal Variety Performance, 3 November 1952; more on the suite over here!


Queen Anne-Marie's Diamond Cross

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As we've marveled our way through the jewelry box of Queen Anne-Marie this month, I've had lots of questions about one piece in particular: her diamond cross pendant.


22 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Braganza Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the Braganza Tiara with jewels from the Russian Pink Topaz Suite at the wedding of her elder daughter, Crown Princess Victoria, 19 June 2010; more on the tiara here and the pink topazes here!


The Henn Peridot Suite

The Henn Peridot Suite (Wikimedia Commons)

The luminous peridot, the birthstone of August babies, doesn't get enough credit for its beauty, if you ask me. In the hands of expert jewelers, these olive green gems sparkle with an incredible internal fire. Today's jewels, a suite of peridot and diamond pieces that currently reside in the States, show precisely how lovely the gems can be.


21 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Floral Tiara

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears the Spanish Floral Tiara at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, 19 June 2010; more on the tiara over here!


The British Royal Tiarapedia Has Arrived!

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara (SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Recently, I've been working on reviving a popular section of this site that has been unfinished since its launch: The Tiarapedia, the original online encyclopedia of tiaras. This section is an attempt to provide a single, central location with all of the provenance, ownership, and wearer information for the tiaras worn by our favorite royals.


20 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Teck Crescent Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (later the Queen Mother) wears the Teck Crescent Tiara for a parliamentary dinner at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, May 1939; learn more about the tiara here!


French Daisies for Queen Margrethe

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is currently in France for her annual summer holiday at her home in Cahors, the Chateau de Cayx. Pieces from her collection of daisy jewelry took center stage at Thursday's photocall on the grounds of the chateau.


19 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Anne's Festoon Tiara

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The Princess Royal wears her diamond festoon tiara during a dinner at the Guildhall in honor of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, 13 July 2017; more on the tiara here!


The Top Ten: Crown Princess Mette-Marit's Jewels

Crown Princess Mette-Marit attends the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in Copenhagen, 14 May 2004 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Today, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway marks her 45th birthday, and we're celebrating by taking a look at ten of the most glittering and fabulous royal jewels she's worn since joining Norway's royal family in 2001. Chime in with your own top ten list in the comments below!


18 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Anne's Pearl Bandeau

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The Princess Royal wears a bandeau-style tiara that appears to be set with pearls for the Indian state banquet at Windsor Castle, 27 October 2009; the tiara, which does not appear to have been worn in public on any other occasions, is something of a mystery


The Plunket Tiara

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The tiaras that Queen Elizabeth II has worn throughout her lengthy reign have all come from the royal vaults -- with one very interesting exception. Today, we're talking about the Plunket Tiara, a piece which unexpectedly came to HM's rescue one night in early 1973.


17 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara

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Princess Anne of the United Kingdom (now Princess Royal) wears the Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara for a dinner in Belgrave Square during a state visit from West Germany, 3 July 1986; more on the unusual tiara here!


Jewel History: Iran Shah's Future Vague (1953)

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Soraya and the Shah traveling in London, 1958 (AFP/Getty Images)

"Iran Shah's Future Vague"
(originally appeared in the Montreal Gazette, 19 Aug 1953)

Rome, Aug. 18 -- Iran's refugee Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi [1] said today he did not plan to abdicate his throne but was vague about any attempt to return to riotous Tehran [2]. Indications were that any return would be in the distant future [3].

16 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara

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Princess Anne of the United Kingdom (now Princess Royal) wears Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara at her wedding to Mark Phillips, 14 November 1973; learn more about the tiara here!


Jewels in Motion: The Upcoming Bourbon-Parma Auction

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)

This spring, we learned that Sotheby's will offer an important collection of royal jewels from the Bourbon-Parma family at auction this November. Today, I've got a treat for you -- a look at some of these historical pieces glittering in motion!


15 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Anne's Birthday Portrait Tiara

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Princess Anne of the United Kingdom (now Princess Royal) wears a diamond scroll tiara in a portrait taken to mark her twenty-first birthday, August 1971; the tiara, which Anne has not worn again in public, may have been borrowed for the occasion


Princess Anne's Modern Pearl Earrings

Anne wears the earrings for a national service of thanksgiving for the 90th birthday of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral, 10 June 2016 (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Princess Royal celebrates her birthday today, and in her honor, we're spending our morning with pieces from her jewelry box that have stood the test of time: her modern pearl, gold, and diamond earrings.


14 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara

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Princess Anne of the United Kingdom (now Princess Royal) wears Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara at the British Embassy in Vienna during a state visit to Austria, 9 May 1969; read more about the tiara's story here!


Queen Anne-Marie's Modern Emerald Jewels

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When you think of emeralds worn by the last Queen of the Hellenes, Anne-Marie of Denmark, your mind will almost certainly head straight for the grand emerald parure that belongs to the Greek royal family. But Anne-Marie's collection also includes other emerald jewels, including the modern set of ruby and emerald jewels we're looking at today.


13 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Halo Tiara

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Princess Anne of the United Kingdom (now Princess Royal) wears the Cartier Halo Tiara at the State Opening of Parliament, 31 October 1967; read more about the tiara over here!


Golden Championship Jewels for Hisako

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On Friday, the Princess Takamado, one of Japan's most important imperial sports ambassadors, headed to ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba to show some imperial support for a major sports championship.


12 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Russian Pearl Wave Coronet



A catalogue image shows the diamond and pearl coronet-style tiara made for Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia, mother of the last tsar; the whereabouts of this tiara (and its accompanying pieces, all of which were also confiscated by the Bolsheviks) are not known


Jacqueline Kennedy's Sunburst Brooch

Jacqueline Kennedy wears the sunburst brooch in her hair during the Luxembourgish state visit, 30 Apr 1963 (National Archive/Newsmakers)

When you think of American style icons of the last century, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis almost has to be on your list. But she didn't just have impeccable taste in clothing -- she also had a pretty impressive jewelry collection. Today, we're looking at one of the workhorse pieces from Jackie's White House days: her diamond sunburst brooch.


11 August 2018

The Daily Diadem: Lily Vanderbilt Sloane's Wave Tiara

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Stella McCartney wears a diamond wave tiara, made for the heiress Lily Vanderbilt Sloane, as a hair ornament at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, 2 May 2011; the tiara, made by Cartier around the time of Lily's 1902 wedding to William Osgood Field, is now once again part of the Cartier Collection


Princess Mabel's Tiaras

Princess Mabel arrives for her wedding in Delft, 24 Apr 2004 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Happy birthday to Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau! Mabel, who is a daughter-in-law of Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands and a sister-in-law of King Willem-Alexander, celebrates her milestone 50th birthday today, and we're marking the occasion with a look at the sparkling tiaras she's worn since becoming a princess.