31 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Maud of Norway wears her diamond tiara in a lithograph, ca. 1906; more on the tiara over here!


Sparkling Jewels from Britain's Royal Duchesses

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Britain's young royal duchesses were out and about this week visiting two of the nation's important institutions focusing on the arts. Let's have a look at the jewels that Kate and Meghan wore for their respective engagements, shall we?


30 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Modern Gold Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the green tourmaline setting of her Modern Gold Tiara for a gala dinner in Oslo in honor of the President of Vietnam, June 2008; more on the tiara here!


Queen Maxima's Garnet Tassel Earrings

Willem-Alexander and Maxima participate in a water pageant after his inauguration ceremony, April 2013 (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

As January draws to a close, it's time for a celebration of the month's lovely birthstone, the rich and wonderful garnet. Our spotlight today shines on the garnet and diamond tassel earrings worn by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.


29 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: King Olav's Gift Tiara

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Princess Martha Louise of Norway wears King Olav's Gift Tiara for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; more on the tiara here!


Mathilde Makes a Statement in Brussels

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians hit all the right notes with her outfit and accessories for a special concert held in Brussels on Saturday.


28 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Daisy Bandeau

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears the Diamond Daisy Bandeau for a pre-wedding ball for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, October 2012; more on the tiara here!


Sainte Devote Diamonds for Charlene

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Monaco celebrated its patron saint, Sainte Devote, this weekend, bringing us some bejeweled appearances from the princely family.


27 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara



Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom wears Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara, borrowed from her sister, for the coronation of their parents, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, in 1902; more on the tiara over here!


Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (Season 3, Episode 2)



This week's episode of Victoria wasn't exactly a jewelry jubilee. With the birth of Princess Louise, and a plot that revolved around whether or not the Chartists were going to try to hurt the Queen (spoiler -- they weren't), there was little room for grand jewelry.


26 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Bernstorff-Gyldensteen Floral Tiara

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Carina Axelsson wears a diamond floral tiara for the wedding of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark, May 2008; the tiara was loaned to her by the Bernstorff-Gyldensteen family


The Connaught Turquoise Bandeau

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Today's tiara is one of the most intriguing mysteries from the world of Swedish-Danish royal jewels: a little beaded bandeau worn by two fascinating royal women. Here's what we know (and don't know!) about the Connaught Turquoise Bandeau.


25 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Tatiana's Bulgari Tiara

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Tatiana of Greece and Denmark wears a petite diamond tiara from Bulgari at the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; see another view of the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: January 18-24


January 18-24, 2019

We've got some seriously intriguing sparkle on this week's royal jewel roundup! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below...


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15. Queen Letizia of Spain wore earrings with delicate beaded dangles at the FITUR Fair at Ifema in Madrid on Wednesday.


24 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Sibilla's Art Deco Tiara

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Sylvie d'Arenberg wears a diamond tiara loaned by Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg for the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013; more on the tiara over here!


A Lucky Brooch for Camilla in London

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The Duchess of Cornwall undertook a series of engagements in East London on Wednesday, and she was accompanied by a very intriguing diamond, ruby, and sapphire brooch.


23 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Marie-Chantal's Modern Floral Tiara

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Marie-Chantal of Greece wears a modern diamond floral tiara for the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; the tiara was reportedly loaned to her by a British jeweler, William and Son


Diplomatic Diamonds for Queen Letizia

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On Tuesday, Queen Letizia of Spain dazzled in diamonds in Madrid. Let's take a closer look, shall we?


22 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Turquoise Daisy Bandeau

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Princess Martha of Sweden (later Crown Princess Martha of Norway) wears the Turquoise Daisy Bandeau at the wedding of her sister, Princess Astrid, to the future King Leopold III of Belgium, November 1926; learn more about this Scandinavian sparkler over here!


The Thai Tiarapedia Has Arrived!

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The latest section of the updated Tiarapedia is officially here! Today, we're talking all about the most sparkling tiaras worn by the royal ladies of Thailand.


21 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Sophie's Diamond Floral Button Tiara

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The Countess of Wessex wears a diamond floral button tiara for a theatre gala in Copenhagen ahead of the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; the tiara, which was only worn on this occasion, was almost certainly loaned to Sophie by a jeweler


Jewels in Motion: Belgian Sparkle in Denmark

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Yesterday, one of my favorite royals -- the elegant Queen Mathilde of the Belgians -- celebrated her birthday. In her honor, we're devoting today to a glittering flashback to the 2017 Belgian state visit to Denmark. Enjoy the sparkle!


20 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara

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Princess Ingeborg of Sweden wears the Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara and jewels (and her daughter, Princess Margaretha, wears her mother-in-law's floral tiara) at the wedding of her daughter, Princess Astrid, to the future King Leopold III of Belgium, November 1926; more on Ingeborg's tiara here and Margaretha's tiara here!


Queen Mary's Richmond Brooch

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The Queen's personal jewelry collection is massive, thanks in large part to the inheritance she received from Queen Mary. One of the largest brooches in the Queen's jewelry box is yet another legacy from her grandmother: the Richmond Brooch.


19 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Mary's Diamond Scroll Tiara

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Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood wears her diamond scroll tiara with its sapphire center ornament for the coronation of her brother, King George VI, in 1937; see another view of the tiara (from another coronation!) over here!


The Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara

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The principality of Liechtenstein may be one of the tiniest countries in the world, but its princely family still has a couple of pretty impressive tiaras in the vaults. Today, let's have a look at their second major diadem, the Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara.


18 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara

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Princess Desiree, Baroness Silfverschiold wears the Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara for the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013; more on the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: January 11-17


January 11-17, 2019

We were blessed with a bevy of daytime sparkle this week -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. The Duchess of Cambridge chose her go-to pair of outdoor earrings, leaf-shaped earrings from Kiki McDonough, for a visit to the Islington Community Garden on Tuesday.


17 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears the Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara at a pre-wedding ball for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, October 2012; more on the family heirloom tiara here!


Luxembourg's Reigning Sisters: Jewels of Marie-Adelaide and Charlotte

Luxembourg's Reigning Sisters: Grand Duchesses Marie-Adelaide and Charlotte (Grand Ladies Site)

A hundred years ago this week, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was in turmoil. Its ruler, Grand Duchess Marie-Adelaide, had abdicated under intense pressure, making way for her sister, the new Grand Duchess Charlotte, to become the nation's new ruler and to try to preserve the monarchy. Today, we've got a look at jewels worn by both women -- a rare example of a pair of sisters who both served as heads of state of their country.


16 January 2019

The Duchess of Sussex Sparkles for Sentebale

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the premiere of a new Cirque du Soleil show in London on Wednesday evening at the Royal Albert Hall, and Meghan brought along a little old fashioned Markle Sparkle with her.


The Daily Diadem: The Vasa Tiara

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Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen wears the Vasa Tiara at the National Theater in Oslo during the British state visit, June 1955; learn more about the tiara's history here!


Jewels on Film: VICTORIA (Season 3, Episode 1)



This Sunday, the first episode of the latest season of Victoria aired here in the States on PBS. Today, we've got a look at the jewels from the premiere.


15 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Lalla Aicha's Tiara

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Princess Lalla Aicha of Morocco wears an elaborate tiara for a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace during a visit to London, July 1965; for more on the tiaras currently worn by the nation's princesses, head over here!


Meghan Gleams in Birkenhead

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On Monday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an official visit to Birkenhead, and Meghan wore gleaming gold jewels to coordinate with her cheerful, colorful ensemble.


14 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Victoria's Diamond Floral Tiara

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Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom wears a diamond floral tiara for the wedding celebrations of the future King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and Princess Margaret of Connaught at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, June 1905; no additional information about the tiara appears to be available


Jewel History: Northland Princess to Marry Norway's Heir (1929)

Crown Prince Olav of Norway and Princess Märtha of Sweden after their betrothal ceremony in Stockholm, January 1929 (National Library of Norway/Wikimedia Commons)

"Northland Princess to Marry Norway's Heir"
(originally appeared in the Ottawa Journal, 14 Jan 1929)

STOCKHOLM, Jan 14 -- The engagement of Princess Martha of Sweden [1] to Crown Prince Olaf of Norway [2] was officially announced today.


13 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Baden Seed Pearl Tiara

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The Baden Seed Pearl Tiara, now owned by the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, is displayed; learn more about this early nineteenth-century tiara over here!


The Dutch Pearl Pin Brooch

Maxima wears the brooch for the traditional New Year reception at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, January 2017 (EVERT ELZINGA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Dutch collection is stocked with some incredible royal brooches, but in recent years Queen Maxima has tended to favor today's piece: the Dutch Pearl Pin Brooch.


12 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Ancona Tiara

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Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies wears the Ancona Tiara for the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; more on the tiara here!


Queen Alexandra's Wedding Gift Parure

A colorized version of Edward VII and Alexandra's wedding portrait (Grand Ladies Site)

For many years, one of the biggest tiara mysteries surrounding the British royal family had to do with a showstopper tiara associated with one of the family's matriarchs, Queen Alexandra. But in recent years, much more has been revealed about the piece, which was part of a parure of jewels that Alexandra received as a wedding gift -- and its eventual fate.


11 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Cameo Tiara

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the Cameo Tiara for her wedding to Prince Daniel in Stockholm, June 2010; more on this important family tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: January 3-10


January 3-10, 2019

Jewels of the new year continue to sparkle in this week's royal jewel roundup! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. On Wednesday, Queen Letizia of Spain wore a pair of modern, diamond-studded earrings from Gold and Roses for a Foundation Against Drug Addiction in Madrid.

10 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Allan Tiara

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The diamond and pearl Cartier tiara that belonged to Lady Allan -- and survived the sinking of the Lusitania -- is displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, January 2018; more on the tiara's fascinating history over here!


The Moroccan Tiarapedia Is Here!

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Our project to update and expand the Tiarapedia, the original online encyclopedia of tiaras, has arrived in Morocco!


09 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Kent Pearl Festoon Tiara

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Princess Michael of Kent wears the Kent Pearl Festoon Tiara for a Guildhall banquet, June 2003; learn more about the family heirloom tiara over here!


TCJ Book Club Pick: Jennifer Robson's THE GOWN



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


TCJ Book Club Discussion: BEHIND THE THRONE

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Get excited: it's finally time to discuss our November/December selection for The Court Jeweller Book Club, Adrian Tinniswood's Behind the Throne!