25 September 2018

The Dutch Tiarapedia Is Here!

The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Today's newest section of the Tiarapedia, the original online encyclopedia of tiaras, is likely one of the most highly-anticipated. The Dutch royal vaults are absolutely crammed with tiaras, and you can learn about all of them on our newest page!


24 September 2018

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

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Queen Mary of the United Kingdom is depicted wearing her Lover's Knot Tiara in a bust by George Frampton, on display in the Guildhall Gallery in London; more on the tiara here!


Tiaras of Queen Charlotte's Ball

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Earlier this month, a glittering British social institution marked a major milestone. Queen Charlotte's Ball, once the supreme event of the social season, celebrated its 240th anniversary. The concept of debutante balls is largely an archaic one these days, but Queen Charlotte's Ball continues on, tiaras and all.


23 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears a slightly smaller setting of the Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara at the inauguration of her husband, King Willem-Alexander in Amsterdam, April 2013; learn all about the tiara's history over here!


The Carrington Feather Brooch

Queen Elizabeth II wears the brooch at the wedding of Lady Tamara Grosvenor and Edward van Cutsem, November 2004 (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has an impressive collection of royal sapphires, but few of them have as unusual a color as the sapphire in today's piece, the Carrington Feather Brooch.


22 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara

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Queen Louise of Sweden wears the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara for a banquet during a state visit to the Netherlands, April 1955; see fabulous close-ups of the tiara here!


Queen Margherita's Savoy Knot Tiara

Queen Margherita wears her Savoy Knot Tiara, ca. 1878

There are plenty of royal jewels from former reigning families that have been dispersed. Some reside in museums or private collections, while others have been dismantled. But in Italy, there's a collection of royal jewels that has been stuck in legal limbo for more than half a century. Today's sparkler, Queen Margherita's Savoy Knot Tiara, is among that cache of hidden jewels.


21 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Indian Tiara

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears the Cartier Indian Tiara at the State Opening of Parliament, 24 November 1998; see a gorgeous close-up of the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: September 14-20


September 14-20, 2018

There's some serious regal sparkle to enjoy in this week's roundup! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. The Duchess of Sussex's rings sparkled and gleamed at Kensington Palace on Thursday during the launch of Together, a cookbook produced by women affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire.

20 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Belgian Sapphire Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Belgian Sapphire Tiara with additional jewels (the George VI Sapphire Necklace and Earrings, the Dorset Bow Brooch, and a diamond and sapphire bracelet) for a state banquet in Pakistan, 7 October 1997; read more about the tiara over here!


The Belgian Tiarapedia Has Relaunched!

The Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara (Mark Renders/Getty Images)

The updating and refreshing of The Tiarapedia continues today with a relaunch of the section dedicated to the royal tiaras of Belgium!


19 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wears the Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara for a concert and reception at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm during a state visit to Sweden, 16 April 2008; more on the classic tiara over here!


Lady Gabriella Windsor Is Engaged!

Thomas Kingston and Lady Gabriella Windsor (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

We've got some breaking royal wedding news out of Britain today: Buckingham Palace has officially announced the engagement of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston.


Jewels of The Splendour of Power (Part 1)

The Khedive of Egypt Tiara and Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara (Image kindly shared by Alberta; do not reproduce!)

I've got a special treat for you today, magpies: a peek into a major jewelry exhibition currently on display in Denmark! Lovely reader Alberta paid a visit to The Splendour of Power at Koldinghus recently, and she has generously shared some of her photographs from the exhibit with me so that I can share them with all of you! There are so many great pieces on display that I'm dividing them up into a few posts, and today's is all about tiaras.


18 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Cambridge Sapphire Tiara

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Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent wears the Cambridge Sapphire Tiara for a pre-wedding ball for her daughter, Princess Alexandra, at Windsor Castle, 23 April 1963; more on the history of the tiara here!


Prinsjesdag Jewels 2018

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September always brings a new season for parliaments and governments in Europe, and today, we've got the annual Prinsjesdag celebrations in the Netherlands. As King Willem-Alexander addresses the representatives gathered in the Ridderzaal, we also get a bit of glitter from his queen consort.


Jewel History: A German King and Queen for Finland? (1918)

Prince Friedrich Karl of Hesse and Princess Margarethe of Prussia, who very nearly became King and Queen of Finland (Wikimedia Commons)

"King Picked for the Finns Is Brother-in-Law of Kaiser"
(originally appeared in the Washington Post, 14 Sep 1918)

Duke Adolf Frederick of Mecklenburg-Schwerin [1], who had been nominated for the throne of Finland and had been accepted by the picked legislative representatives of the former grand duchy, won over to the German cause, has withdrawn from the race. Emperor William's [2] brother-in-law, Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse [3], has been substituted in his stead, according to cable dispatches from Stockholm, and his election as King of Finland is to be confirmed by what is now known as the Finnish diet within the next few days.

It is difficult to understand why the change should have been made in this choice of a ruler for Finland, for Duke Adolf Frederick is a man of much energy, administrative experience and resourcefulness; a sportsman, a celebrated African explorer and who at the beginning of the present war was governor general of all Germany's possessions in the western portion of the Dark Continent.


17 September 2018

Hollywood Royalty: Jewels of the 2018 Emmy Awards

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It's time again to check in with the celebrities and the stylists of Hollywood, to see what glittering jewels the stars borrowed to wear for this year's Emmy Awards! Here's a selection of some of my favorite pieces that walked the red carpet on Monday night.


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Sapphire Necklace Tiara

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Sapphire Necklace Tiara for an official dinner in honor of Prince Albert II of Monaco, 3 June 2014; read more about the tiara here!


Queen Juliana's Rose Quartz Suite

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Our Magpie of the Month, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, had numerous suites of glittering royal jewels at her disposal, but her collection also included sets more suited for everyday wear. Today's collection, her jewels set with rose quartz, fall into the latter category.


16 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: Empress Eugenie's Pearl Tiara

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Empress Eugenie of France is depicted wearing her grand pearl tiara in an engraving by D.J. Pound, based on a portrait by Winterhalter; learn more about the tiara here!


The Hesse Diamond Jubilee Brooch

The Duchess of Cornwall wears the Hesse Diamond Jubilee Brooch, 2007 (Michael Perez-Pool/Getty Images)

As our September sapphire fixation continues, today we're dipping into the jewelry box of Queen Victoria to have a look at one of her most unique pieces: the Hesse Diamond Jubilee Brooch.


15 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: Empress Eugenie's Gold Bandeau

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Empress Eugenie of France wears her gold bandeau in a portrait based on a photographic series by Gustave Le Grey, ca. 1860s; I don't have any additional information about the tiara


Queen Marie-Amelie's Sapphires

Queen Marie-Amelie's Diamond and Sapphire Tiara, on display at the Louvre (Wikimedia Commons)

France hasn't been ruled by a king or an emperor for over a century, but there's still a huge interest in the royal jewels worn by the former reigning families of the nation. Today, we're looking at one of the grandest sets on display today: the sapphires that belonged to Queen Marie-Amelie.


14 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: Empress Eugenie's Sapphire Tiara

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Empress Eugenie of France is depicted wearing a diamond and sapphire in a miniature by Pierre Paul Emmanuel de Pommayrac, ca. 1860s; I don't have any additional information about the tiara


This Week in Royal Jewels: September 7-13


September 7-13, 2018

Royal visits and royal pilgrimages brought us some lovely jewel sightings this week -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Queen Letizia of Spain wore her butterfly stud earrings on Saturday for a visit to Covadonga, where the royal family celebrated the centenary of the National Park of Covadonga's Mountain. 


13 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Marie-Amelie's Pearls

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Marie-Amelie, Queen of the French wears pearls as a bandeau (and woven into her hair) in a portrait by Louis-Joseph Noyal, ca. 1819; I don't have any additional information about the fate of the pearls


Princess Sibylla's Sapphire Necklace

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The Swedish royal family has one of the grandest suites of sapphire jewels in the world locked away in their royal vaults, but those aren't the only sapphires worn by the Bernadotte women. Today, we're looking at the glamorous necklace of diamonds and cabochon sapphires that belonged to Princess Sibylla, mother of the present king.


12 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Duchess of Parma's Diamond Tiara

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Empress Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma is depicted wearing a suite of diamonds, including an imposing tiara, in a portrait by Giovanni Battista Callegari, ca. 1835; I have no further information about this suite of jewels


Queen Juliana's Turquoise Heart Necklace

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Our glimpse into the bejeweled world of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, our Magpie of the Month, continues today with a unique piece: her Turquoise Heart Necklace.


11 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: Empress Josephine's Opal Tiara

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Empress Josephine of France is depicted wearing a suite of golden jewels set with opals, including a large tiara, in this detail from Guillaume Guillon-Lethière's 1807 portrait; I don't have any additional information about this parure


Royal Blue Sparkle for Queen Maxima

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands was out and about on Monday, and she wore some stunning jewels in shades of blue.


10 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: Empress Josephine's Turquoise Tiara

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Empress Josephine of France is depicted wearing a suite of turquoise jewels, including a tiara and matching haircomb, in a miniature by Pierre Louis Bouvier, painted ca. 1812; I have no further information about this turquoise parure


The Spanish Tiarapedia Is Live!

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The Tiarapedia is growing again! Today we're debuting a section dedicated to the royal tiaras of Spain to the original online encyclopedia of tiaras.


09 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara

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Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara during a state visit from Finland, 25 October 1972; learn more about the unusual tiara here!


The Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II has an impressive collection of jewelry set with September's birthstone, the sapphire, but few have as long a personal history as today's piece, the Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch.

08 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Diamond Bandeau

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Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Diamond Bandeau for a theater outing during a visit to Luxembourg, 20 June 1951; much more on the tiara here!


Princess Ingeborg's Boucheron Circle Tiara

Princess Ragnhild (center) wears the tiara at the wedding of her brother, Crown Prince Harald, 29 August 1968 (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

The royal tiara collection of Norway has been enriched over the years largely by contributions from two important women: the present king's grandmothers, Queen Maud of Norway and Princess Ingeborg of Sweden. Today, we're looking at the delicate circle tiara from Ingeborg's collection.


07 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Stuart Tiara

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Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears the Stuart Tiara for a visit to the Royal Theater in The Hague, 7 March 1960; much more about this important royal tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: August 31-September 6


August 31-September 6, 2018

We've got tons of sparkling late summer jewels from the royals this week. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. For the principality's traditional summer picnic on Friday, Princess Charlene of Monaco wore delicate diamond stud earrings and a coordinating necklace.


06 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara

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Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears the Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara for a banquet during a state visit to Ethiopia, 24 January 1969; much more on the tiara over here!


Queen Juliana's Inauguration Jewels

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Seventy years ago today, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands was officially sworn in as the nation's monarch. To mark the anniversary, we've got a closer look today at the jewels that Juliana -- who is also our Magpie of the Month! -- wore for her formal inauguration.


05 September 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Button Tiara

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Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears the Pearl Button Tiara for a visit to the Royal Theater in The Hague during a state visit from Tunisia, 7 July 1966; more on this tiara over here!


The Danish Tiarapedia Has Landed!

The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

My work in compiling an updated, encyclopedic reference to some of the world's most glittering royal tiaras, The Tiarapedia, has officially arrived in Denmark!


04 September 2018

Classic Style for Meghan at the WellChild Awards

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On Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped out in London to celebrate the WellChild Awards, a charitable cause close to their hearts.


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears the family's emerald tiara during a state visit to the Ivory Coast, 21 February 1974; learn more about this convertible sparkler over here!


Meghan's Wedding Dress (and Tiara!) To Be Displayed

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Late last week, the Royal Collection announced an exciting upcoming exhibition, A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.