The Daily Diadem: The Imperial State Crown


Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom views a bronze bust by Oscar Nemon in the House of Lords, depicting herself wearing the Imperial State Crown, October 2009; learn more about the crown over here!

The Duchess of Teck's Flower Brooch

The Queen Mother wears the Duchess of Teck's Flower Brooch at Dover Castle (Wikimedia Commons)

When you look at old photographs of the Queen Mother, one piece of jewelry in particular crops up often among her daytime attire: a diamond flower brooch with four pendants and a detachable diamond chain. It was one of the Queen Mum's wedding gifts, but its history goes back even further than that.

The Daily Diadem: Queen Victoria's Small Diamond Crown

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Worker Brian Williams cleans the face of the statue of Queen Victoria (wearing her Small Diamond Crown) that sits atop the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, February 1963; learn more about the diamond crown over here!

The Duchess of Alba's Pearl Tiara

Eugenia Martínez de Irujo, 12th Duchess of Montoro wears her mother's diamond and pearl tiara on her wedding day in 1998 (screencapture)

There are royals, there are nobles, and then there was Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the 18th Duchess of Alba. During her lifetime, she may have been mostly famous for her appearance and her marriages, but she also had more legitimately recognized noble titles than anyone else on earth and a diamond and pearl tiara with a serious pedigree.

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is depicted wearing the Vladimir Tiara in a sand sculpture by artist Nicola Wood in Weston-super-Mare, May 2012; much more about the tiara over here!

This Week in Royal Jewels: September 21-27

September 21-27, 2018

Lots of royals descended upon New York this week, bringing lots of jewelry with them. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


15. For Tuesday's state opening of parliament in Stockholm, Princess Sofia of Sweden wore classic diamond hoop earrings. (More on the event here!)

The Daily Diadem: The Antique Pearl Tiara

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Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands is depicted wearing the Antique Pearl Tiara in a bust displayed in Rotterdam's town hall; discover more about the tiara here!

Jewels of The Splendour of Power (Part 2)

Queen Lovisa's Pearl Necklace (Image kindly shared by Alberta; do not reproduce!)

Last week, a generous reader, Alberta, shared a set of photographs that allowed us to marvel at the tiaras currently on display in The Splendour of Power, an exhibition at Koldinghus in Denmark. This week, our second post on the exhibition features additional Scandinavian royal jewels on display.

Queen Caroline Matilda's Pearls and  (Image kindly shared by Alberta; do not reproduce!)

This luminous necklace of pearls belonged to Queen Caroline Matilda (1751-1775), the consort (and first cousin) of King Christian VII and sister of King George III of the United Kingdom. (You may have seen her rather tragic life story depicted in the 2012 film A Royal Affair.) They are displayed alongside a pair of her earrings, which feature gem-set bows with a trio of pendant drops.

Crown Princess Mary's Earrings and Queen Alexandrine's Meander Bracelet (Image kindly shared by Alberta; do not reproduce!)

In contrast, the exhibition also includes a pair of diamond-studded gold Marianne Dulong earrings from Crown Princess Mary's collection. They are displayed alongside the stunning diamond meander bracelet that belonged to Queen Alexandrine. It's now worn by Countess Sussie of Rosenborg.

Princess Benedikte's Necklace and Pendant (Image kindly shared by Alberta; do not reproduce!)

Princess Benedikte loaned another piece from Queen Alexandrine's collection: her portion of Alexandrine's flexible diamond sautoir. The necklace is displayed with Benedikte's diamond floral pendant. Both pieces were wedding gifts from her parents.

Princess Anne of Orange's Diamond Riviere (Image kindly shared by Alberta; do not reproduce!)

One of the simplest -- yet most important and glittering -- heirloom jewels on display is the diamond riviere that belonged to Princess Anne (1709-1759), who was Princess Royal as the daughter of King George II of Great Britain and Princess of Orange as the wife of Willem IV. The necklace came to Scandinavia with her great-great-granddaughter, Louise (1828-1871), who married King Carl XV of Sweden in 1850. Their daughter, Queen Lovisa (1851-1926), was the consort of King Frederik VIII.

Queen Lovisa's Pearl Necklace (Image kindly shared by Alberta; do not reproduce!)

The diamond riviere isn't the only important jewels from Lovisa's collection on display. One of the grandest non-tiara items on display is the pearl and diamond necklace that is grouped with the family's married parure of pearl jewels. The necklace was presented to Queen Lovisa by Isma'il Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt, as a wedding present in 1869. The piece originally had two more pear-shaped pearl pendants; those were removed and remodeled as earrings. The necklace (and the rest of Lovisa's diamond and pearl jewels) are now in trust and pass from monarch to monarch.

Queen Dorothea's Jewel (Image kindly shared by Alberta; do not reproduce!)

This elaborate jewel was given in 1557 by Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg (1511-1571), the consort of King Christian III, to the city of Copenhagen. The jewel was originally used as a cloak clasp.

Endless thanks to Alberta for sharing her experience and photographs with all of us! Stay tuned next week for the final installment in our series on this exhibition.

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik and the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace in a bronze bust located at the Honourable Artillery Company in London; read more about the tiara here and about the necklace here!

Swedish Opening of Parliament Jewels 2018


On Tuesday, the Swedish royal family gathered for the annual opening of parliament at the Riksdag in Stockholm, and all three royal women present brought along jewels set with diamonds and/or pearls.

Diamonds and Art for the Duchess of Sussex

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On Tuesday, the Duchess of Sussex embarked on her first solo engagement as a member of the royal family, attending a major new exhibition of Oceanic art at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara


Queen (now Princess) Beatrix of the Netherlands is depicted wearing the Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara in a sand sculpture in Rhenen, April 2012; read more about the tiara over here!

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!

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.

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara


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.

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.

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!


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.

The Daily Diadem: The Belgian Sapphire Tiara


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!

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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