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

08 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Pearl Kokoshnik

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A diamond and pearl kokoshnik tiara, made in 1908 by Cartier, is displayed at the National Gallery of Australia, March 2018; the tiara is owned by Cartier as a part of their archives


Queen Ena's Brooch for Letizia

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Queen Letizia of Spain just keeps surprising us with more and more heirloom royal jewels, and I couldn't be more delighted! This week, she reached for Queen Ena's Gray Pearl Drop Brooch.


07 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Mary's Wedding Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the pearl setting of her wedding tiara (and her wedding earrings!) for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; more on this versatile tiara over here!


06 January 2019

Hollywood Royalty: Golden Globes Jewels 2019

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It's that time again, everybody: awards season has dawned! Today, we've got all the trendiest red carpet jewels straight from the Golden Globe Awards.

The Daily Diadem: The Diadem of the Stars



Queen Amelie of Portugal wears the Diadem of the Stars in a portrait, ca. 1900; learn more about this intriguing Portuguese tiara over here!


The Pearl of the Dee Brooch

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Lots of royal brooches are designed with nature in mind, but how many are devoted to the sport of fishing? At least one: the Pearl of the Dee Brooch.


05 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Meiji Tiara

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Empress Haruko (later Empress Shoken) of Japan wears the star setting of the Meiji Tiara in a portrait; learn more about the tiara over here!


The Congo Diamond Necklace Tiara

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Convertible tiaras are often some of the most popular jewels in royal vaults, but it's been quite a while since we've seen the Congo Diamond Necklace Tiara, one of the heirloom wedding tiaras of the grand ducal family of Luxembourg.


04 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara

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Princess Benedikte of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wears Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara for the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris O'Neill, June 2013; more on the tiara here!


This Fortnight in Royal Jewels: December 21-January 3


December 21, 2018-January 3, 2019

Time for our first royal jewel review of the year, everyone! We're wrapping up the holiday season with a supersized countdown. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. Queen Sonja wore her suite of modern silver jewels to a church service at Holmenkollen Chapel on Christmas Day.


03 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Wedding Gift Tiara

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Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom wears her wedding gift tiara with diamond stars in a portrait, ca. 1880s; more on the wedding gift parure here!


New Year Tiaras in Japan



The Japanese imperial family gathered on Tuesday in Tokyo, where Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko received the annual new year greetings at the imperial palace for the last time. We saw plenty of jewels for the event -- including a tiara from a surprise attendee!


02 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Ingeborg's Star Tiara

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Princess Ingeborg of Sweden wears her star tiara for the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, December 1937; more on the tiara over here!


New Year Jewels in Denmark

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The Danish royal family attended the annual New Year's Levee in Copenhagen on Tuesday, and we had some suitably glittering jewels (and a lot of elephants!).

01 January 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Star Tiara

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Star Tiara for the annual gala dinner for the diplomatic corps in Amsterdam, June 2015; more on the tiara over here!


Here's to a Bejeweled 2019!

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Happy New Year, Magpies!

It's January 1st, which means it's time to celebrate The Court Jeweller's birthday! Can you believe that the site turns five years old today? (We've earned our golden bracelet!)

2018 was an absolutely incredible year for royal jewels, and now that 2019 has arrived, we can only hope for as much wonderful sparkle in the new year! We've got some events already penciled on the calendar, including the birth of a new British royal baby and a Windsor wedding in the spring, as well as the Japanese imperial transition at the end of April and an enthronement ceremony in the autumn.

On a personal note, I've had a truly remarkable 2018. I was lucky enough to appear on one of my favorite television shows -- and I celebrated my own engagement! I'm getting married in the summer of 2019, and you know I'll be keeping you updated on my jewelry choices here at The Court Jeweller, too. Thank you all for your kind words and support here all year long!