31 October 2018

Princess Ayako's Wedding Tiara

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Princess Ayako of Takamado became Ayako Moriya when she married Kei Moriya this week in Tokyo, but even after she was officially no longer a princess, she gave us one of the most innovative jewelry moments the imperial family has seen in some time.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Ena's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara

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Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain wears "La Buena," her diamond fleur-de-lis tiara, in a formal portrait taken ca. 1915; learn more about this fascinating diadem here!


Princess Elizabeth's Pantomime Tiara

Princess Elizabeth in Old Mother Red Riding Boots, Christmas 1944 (SWNS/Alamy)

At least a few times every year, I get emails and messages on social media asking about a photograph of a young Queen Elizabeth II wearing an interesting headpiece. I thought Halloween was an especially appropriate time to dedicate a post to this particular diadem, Princess Elizabeth's Pantomime "Tiara."

30 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Poltimore Tiara

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Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom wears the Poltimore Tiara on her wedding day in London, May 1960; learn about the tiara's aristocratic history over here!


TCJ Book Club Pick: Adrian Tinniswood's BEHIND THE THRONE


Get excited, magpies! Our next selection for The Court Jeweller Book Club is...


TCJ Book Club Discussion: Craig Brown's MA'AM DARLING

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It's that time again, magpies: we're discussing our September/October selection for The Court Jeweller Book Club! I'm very excited to hear your thoughts on the latest biography of Princess Margaret, Craig Brown's Ma'am Darling.


29 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Empire Tiara

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Grand Duchess Charlotte wears the Luxembourg Empire Tiara as she signs her abdication act in the presence of her son and heir, Grand Duke Jean, November 1964; learn more about the history of this massive tiara over here!


The Grand Greville Festoon for Camilla

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On Thursday evening, a special concert was held in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace to mark the upcoming 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales, and his wife brought out a major heirloom necklace for the occasion.


The Japanese Tiarapedia Is Here!

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The wedding day of an imperial princess seems like a good time to debut a section of the Tiarapedia devoted to Japanese tiaras, doesn't it? To celebrate Princess Ayako of Takamado's nuptials, we're bringing you a look at the family's sparklers.


28 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Teck Turquoise Tiara

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Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester wears the Teck Turquoise Tiara for a banquet at the Carpenters' Hall in London during the Dutch state visit, April 1972; more on the turquoises here!


The Women of Hampshire Brooch

Queen Elizabeth II wears the Women of Hampshire Brooch at the farewell ceremony during the Dutch state visit, October 2018 (CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Queen Mary's wedding presents included a number of important pieces of jewelry. We talk a whole lot about the magnificent tiaras that she received, but the gifts included other pieces as well. Today, we're looking at a lovely smaller piece from the collection of gifts: the Women of Hampshire Brooch.


27 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Lotus Flower Tiara

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Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon wears the Lotus Flower Tiara for a banquet at the Carpenters' Hall in London during the Dutch state visit, April 1972; more on the tiara here!


The Teck Ears of Wheat Tiara

Princess Alice wears the Teck Ears of Wheat Tiara during the 1911 coronation celebrations (Grand Ladies Site)

Autumn is in full swing here at the Court Jeweller HQ, and I've been in the mood to discuss a rather autumnal jewelry design: diamond ornaments in the shape of ears of wheat. Today, we're talking about one interesting royal example of the type, the Teck Ears of Wheat Tiara.


26 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Greville Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, standing beside Prince William of Gloucester, wears the Greville Tiara (and the Greville Emerald Necklace) for a banquet at the Carpenters' Hall in London during the Dutch state visit, April 1972; more on the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Tiaras: October 19-25


October 19-25, 2018

What. A. Week! I'll let the tiaras speak for themselves. Good luck with your decisions in this week's poll -- it's a tough one! (PS: please note that some gifs in this post contain flash photography!)


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20. The Countess of Wessex dazzled in the aquamarine and diamond tiara loaned to her by the Queen for Tuesday's Dutch state banquet at Buckingham Palace. (More on the tiara here!)


This Week in Royal Jewels: October 19-25


October 19-25, 2018

This was easily our biggest week of royal jewelry content so far -- I've even had to put the tiaras in a separate poll! (It'll be up later this morning.) Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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25. On Monday, Princess Martha Louise of Norway wore sparkling earrings for a book presentation in Oslo.


25 October 2018

Another Joyas de Pasar Debut for Letizia!

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In a week filled to the brim with exciting royal jewelry moments, Queen Letizia delivered yet another one in Spain on Wednesday, debuting yet another piece from the joyas de pasar collection.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik for a banquet at the Carpenters' Hall in London during the Dutch state visit, April 1972; much more on the tiara here!


The Luxembourgish Tiarapedia Has Launched!

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The grand ducal family of Luxembourg may live in one of the smallest nations in the world, but their tiara collection is truly massive. Luckily, the newest section of the Tiarapedia has a handy guide to the varied and wonderful sparklers of the Nassaus.


24 October 2018

Dutch State Visit to Britain: Day Two Engagements and Farewell Jewels

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The last day of the Dutch state visit to Britain didn't include a glittering gala, but we did get to spot a few significant pieces of jewelry -- including an outing from an heirloom British brooch!


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara

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Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears the grand Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara for a banquet at the Carpenters' Hall in London during her state visit to Britain, April 1972; more details on the tiara over here!


Meghan Sparkles in Fiji

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour has moved from Australia to Fiji, where a formal program on the first day of their visit meant some exciting jewel moments for royal watchers.


23 October 2018

Dutch State Visit to Britain: State Banquet Jewels

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We were hoping for some sparkle at tonight's Buckingham Palace state banquet, and man alive, did the Dutch and British royals deliver! Here's a look at what we saw sparkling away tonight at the palace.

The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Vladimir Tiara for a state banquet at Windsor Castle in honor of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, April 1972; learn more about the tiara here!


Dutch State Visit to Britain: Welcome Ceremonies

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The visitors have officially arrived! Today marks the start of the first Dutch state visit to the United Kingdom since 1982, and King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were welcomed to Britain with all the usual pomp and circumstance.


Belgian State Visit Jewels in Portugal

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Everybody's been buzzing about the Dutch state visit to the United Kingdom, which kicks off later today, but on Monday, we had more state visit jewels in a different corner of the continent.


22 October 2018

The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara Returns!

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This weekend, a wedding of a descendant of the royal family of Wuerttemberg allowed several family tiaras to pop up in public -- including a very exciting appearance from the original Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara!


The Daily Diadem: The Stuart Tiara

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Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears the Stuart Tiara with pieces of the accompanying parure for a state banquet at Windsor Castle, April 1972; learn more about the tiara here!


Glittering Gala Jewels in Monte-Carlo

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We were just chatting here recently about our desire for more glittering galas in Monaco, and on Friday, the Grimaldis delivered.


21 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: Queen Farida's Wedding Tiara

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Queen Farida of Egypt wears her wedding tiara, with peacock and lotus designs, for an event, ca. 1940; see a larger view of the tiara over here!


The James Bow Brooch

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We've talked a lot lately about the generous gifts of jewels that Brits made to the late Queen Mother. Today's brooch is another piece of that bejeweled category -- The James Bow Brooch, which was presented to Elizabeth by someone very close to her.


20 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Butterfly Tiara

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears her tiara of diamond butterflies and its coordinating earrings at the National Day Gala, June 2016; the suite has been in Stephanie's collection since at least 2014


Empress Eugenie's Emerald Tiara

Empress Eugenie wears her emerald tiara, ca. 1865 (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Last week, a royal Eugenie stunned us all by wearing long-lost emeralds from her grandmother's vault. Today, we've got a feature on another emerald tiara from a royal Eugenie -- Empress Eugenie's Emerald Tiara, which included gems that were passed from an empress to a queen.


19 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: Princess Astrid's Diamond Aigrette

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Princess Astrid, Mrs. Ferner wears her wing-shaped diamond aigrette for a gala dinner in honor of President Zuma of South Africa, August 2011; the base of the tiara can also be worn with another aigrette, set with diamonds and rubies


This Week in Royal Wedding Jewels: October 12-18


October 12-18, 2018

When there's a British royal wedding, you know there's going to be a separate, bonus royal jewelry review for the week! Here's my top ten list of the best royal jewels worn at Princess Eugenie's wedding -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Lady Gabriella Windsor, who recently announced her own engagement, wore a pair of stunning blue statement earrings for the wedding. (More here!)

This Week in Royal Jewels: October 11-18


October 11-18, 2018

It's been an amazingly busy week for royal jewelry -- we've got a super-sized roundup here, and there will be a separate review later this morning just for the jewels from the royal wedding! In the meantime, enjoy these non-wedding jewels, and remember to vote for your favorites in the poll!


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20. On Friday, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wore her signature gold earrings to attend the 25th anniversary celebration of the Belgian Council for Durable Development in Brussels.

18 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Peacock Tiara

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Princess Irene of the Netherlands wears the Ruby Peacock Tiara and its coordinating brooch for a theater gala in The Hague, March 1960; learn more about the suite of jewels over here!


Bourbon-Parma Jewels Glitter in New York

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The magnificent jewelry collection of the Bourbon-Parma family, which will be auctioned at Sotheby's in Geneva in a few weeks, has made it to America. Selected pieces are currently on display at the auction house in New York, and, as you may have expected, the links to Marie Antoinette are being very heavily advertised.


17 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara for the annual Nobel Prize Banquet in Stockholm, December 2010; see amazing close-ups of the tiara here!


The Dutch Fire Opal Suite

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Some royals throughout history have been wary of the opal, the birthstone of October babies. But the Dutch royal family apparently doesn't subscribe to this superstition, as their royal vaults include a set of opal jewels in a very appropriate shade of orange. Today, we've got a closer look at the Dutch Fire Opal Suite.


16 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Emerald Peacock Necklace Tiara

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Marie-Astrid of Austria wears the Emerald Peacock Necklace Tiara (borrowed from her brother, Grand Duke Henri) at the pre-wedding gala for her nephew, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, October 2012; see another view of the tiara here!


Diana's Butterflies for Meghan in Sydney

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It's been a big week already for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: they've kicked off their first royal tour and announced that they're expecting a baby next spring! And, perhaps most exciting of all, they've dug deep into the family jewelry vaults to bring out an heirloom surprise in Sydney.


15 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Dragonfly Tiara

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Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies wears the Ruby Dragonfly Tiara at the reception following the princely wedding in Monaco, July 2011; see another view of the tiara here!


Liechtenstein's Tiarapedia Has Landed!

Hereditary Princess Sophie wears the Habsburg Fringe Tiara in Amsterdam, April 2003 (Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Our Tiarapedia renovation process has arrived at one of the tiniest principalities in the world: Liechtenstein, a nation with only a few tiaras -- but they're good ones!


14 October 2018

The Daily Diadem: The Bavarian Lover's Knot Tiara



Princess Antonia of Luxembourg, the last Crown Princess of Bavaria, wears the Bavarian Lover's Knot Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1921; learn more about the tiara here!


The Courtauld Thomson Scallop-Shell Brooch

The Queen wears the brooch at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, June 2010 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

You know you have a serious amount of charisma when multiple people who are not family members leave you glittering jewels in their wills. Such was the luck of the Queen Mum, who famously received the gigantic Greville jewel bequest from a family friend; even better, she also inherited today's piece, the Courtauld Thomson Scallop-Shell Brooch, from a loyal subject.