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The Daily Diadem: Princess Takamatsu's Floral Tiara

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Princess Takamatsu wears her diamond floral tiara for a state banquet at the Imperial Palace in honor of President Lubke of the Federal Republic of Germany, November 1963; Kikuko died in 2004, and the tiara hasn't yet reappeared in public


Crown Princess Masako's Diamond Scroll Brooch

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As the imperial transition begins in Japan today, I thought it was an especially appropriate time to highlight one of my favorite pieces from Crown Princess Masako's jewelry box. Today, we're looking at the diamond scroll brooch worn by the woman who soon becomes the Empress of Japan.


The Daily Diadem: The Meiji Tiara

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Empress Nagako (Kojun) of Japan wears the Meiji Tiara with its diamond star toppers for a state banquet at the Imperial Palace in honor of President Lubke of the Federal Republic of Germany, November 1963; more on the important imperial tiara here!


King's Day Jewels 2019

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On Saturday, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands celebrated his 52nd birthday in Amersfoort, where the annual Koningsdag festivities were in full swing!

The Daily Diadem: The George IV Diamond Diadem

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Diamond Diadem that was made for King George IV at the State Opening of Parliament, May 2016; see close-ups of this important jewel here!


The Centenary Rose Brooch

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As April showers begin to give way to May flowers, we've got a lovely royal floral brooch to gaze upon today: the Centenary Rose Brooch.


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 state banquet honoring the President of Mexico, March 2015; more on the tiara here!


Empress Michiko's Tiaras

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend the Diamond Jubilee festivities in Thailand, 2006 (Pool/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, Empress Michiko of Japan will become her nation's Empress Emerita when her husband, Emperor Akihito, abdicates. As their thirty-year reign draws to a close, today we have a glittering overview of the tiaras she has worn since becoming a member of Japan's imperial family.


The Daily Diadem: The Oriental Circlet

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Oriental Circlet for a state banquet in Malta, November 2005; more on this tiara, which was designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria, over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: April 19-25


April 19-25, 2019

Celebrations of all kinds brought us plenty of royal sparkle this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. The Princess of Asturias wore petite pearl earrings to celebrate Easter in Palma de Mallorca this Sunday. (More here!)


The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara (Emerald Setting)

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Vladimir Tiara (with the Cambridge emerald drops) and jewels from the Delhi Durbar Parure as she exchanges gifts with King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand ahead of a state banquet in Bangkok, October 1996; more on the tiara here, on the emeralds here, and on the additional jewels here!


Letizia Sparkles for the Cervantes Award

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Queen Letizia of Spain reached for a favorite pair of diamond earrings on Tuesday for the awarding of one of the world's most prestigious literary prizes.


The Daily Diadem: The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the full setting of the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara with rubies, including the Baring Ruby Necklace, for a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, October 1986; more on the tiara here and the necklace here!


On the Block: Glorious Royal Emeralds at Christie's

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The major jewelry auctions this coming May are the gift that keeps on giving, bling-wise! Today, we've got a peek at two incredible lots of royal emeralds from the Magnificent Jewels sale coming up soon at Christie's in Geneva.


The Daily Diadem: The Burmese Ruby Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Burmese Ruby Tiara as she greets Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, and other dancers after the Silver Jubilee Gala at Covent Garden, May 1977; more on the tiara over here!


Spanish Easter Jewels in Palma de Mallorca

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Our review of royal jewels worn this Easter travels to Spain today, where we catch up with the royal family for their traditional Easter appearance.


The Daily Diadem: The Belgian Sapphire Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Belgian Sapphire Tiara for the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium, November 1965; learn more about this intriguing royal tiara over here!


Easter Jewels at Windsor

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On Sunday, the Queen celebrated both Easter and her 93rd birthday at Windsor, surrounded by her family. Here's a look at the jewelry we saw during their annual Easter Parade.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara

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Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom wears Queen Mary's (hastily-repaired) Fringe Tiara on her wedding day, November 1947; read more about the famous tiara mishap over here!


The Queen's Birthday Celebrations at Windsor (1969)

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As the Queen marks her 93rd birthday at Windsor today, we've got a look back at the way she celebrated her birthday at the castle half a century ago...


The Daily Diadem: The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

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Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom wears the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara (without its diamond base) for a Guildhall reception in London, March 1950; more on this iconic tiara here!


Grand Duchess Alexandra's Faberge Tiara

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We recently chatted here about the stunning Prussian diamond tiara headed for auction in May -- but guess what? It's not the only sparkler from the extended family that will be available for a lucky buyer! Today, we've got a look at the gorgeous Fabergé tiara owned by Crown Princess Cecilie's sister-in-law, Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.


The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of United Kingdom wears the original pearl setting of the Vladimir Tiara for the premiere of Richard III in Leicester Square, December 1955; more on the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: April 12-18


April 12-18, 2019

Pearls and diamonds shone this week in the world of royal jewels -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. For the Royal Maundy service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on Thursday, Princess Eugenie of York wore a simple pair of hoop earrings.


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

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara for a gala event, 1962; more on the tiara over here!


King's Day Concert Jewels in the Netherlands

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The royal ladies of the House of Orange sparkled on Monday in Amersfoort for the annual King's Day Concert. Here's a look at some of the jewels we caught a glimpse of at the event.


The Daily Diadem: The Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the original setting of the Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara for the Royal Film Performance of George Cukor's Les Girls at the Odeon, Leicester Square, November 1957; learn more about this evolving diadem over here!


The Beaumont Emerald Art Deco Necklace

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As the upcoming magnificent jewelry sale at Sotheby's approaches, we've got the scoop on one of the most important piececs in the auction: the Beaumont Emerald Art Deco Necklace.


The Daily Diadem: The Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara and its coordinating necklace for the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium, November 1952; more on the now-dismantled tiara over here!


Silver and Roses for Empress Michiko

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As Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan celebrate both their diamond wedding anniversary and the thirtieth year of their reign, we've been seeing a lot of them lately. This weekend, the imperial couple make a pair of visits that celebrated each milestone.


The Daily Diadem: The Plunket Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Plunket Tiara for the Fanfare for Europe Gala at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, January 1973; more on this intriguing loaner tiara here!


Queen Ena: A Life in Jewels

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Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of one of the royal matriarchs of the twentieth-century: Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, who is better known to history as Queen Ena of Spain. Today, we've got a bejeweled look back on her fascinating royal life.

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Tiara

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The Princess of Asturias wears the Prussian Tiara for a gala dinner in Madrid in honor of the President of France, 27 April 2009; more on the sparkler over here!


The Duchess of Cambridge's Pearl Pendant Brooch

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As the Queen's birthday approaches, we've got a look at one of the most timeless heirlooms in her jewelry box: the Duchess of Cambridge's Pearl Pendant Brooch.


The Daily Diadem: The Niarchos Ruby Bandeau

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the bandeau setting from the Niarchos Ruby Parure for a gala dinner in honor of the President of France in Madrid, 27 April 2009; more on the suite here!


Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet Goes on Display

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The wait is over -- museum-goers in London can now come face to face with one of Queen Victoria's most famous jewels!


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Aquamarine Tiara

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Princess Margriet of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Aquamarine Tiara for a dinner at the Societeit de Witte in The Hague, 22 April 2009; more on the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: April 4-11


April 4-11, 2019

We've got jewels galore to enjoy this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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25. Queen Letizia of Spain wore modern earrings from Gold and Roses to attend a memorial service for José Pedro Pérez-Llorca in Madrid last Thursday.

The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Floral Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Spanish Floral Tiara for a gala dinner in honor of the President of India in Madrid, 21 April 2009; more on the tiara here!


Dazzling Diplomatic Tiaras in Amsterdam

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The Dutch royals dug into the family vaults on Tuesday evening to provide us with some seriously glittering moments at the annual diplomatic gala in Amsterdam. Here's a look at the tiaras and jewels on display!


The Daily Diadem: The Antique Pearl Tiara

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Princess Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Antique Pearl Tiara for a state banquet in honor of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden in The Hague, 21 April 2009; more on the tiara over here!


Royal Wedding Jewels: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko

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As Japan prepares to say farewell to one emperor and welcome another, the imperial family is celebrating another milestone today: the 60th wedding anniversary of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Here's a look back at the couple's wedding, which took place in Tokyo six decades ago today.


The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara for a state banquet in honor of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden in The Hague, 21 April 2009; more on this fantastic suite of ruby jewels here!


Coronation Brooch Heading for New Home

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Last summer, we discussed the possible fate of one of Princess Elisabeth of Denmark's grandest jewels: the Russian Coronation Brooch that belonged to her great-grandmother, Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna. Now we know where it's headed!


The Daily Diadem: The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the tiara and jewels from the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure during a state banquet at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, 21 April 2009; more on the jewels here!


Royal Diamonds at the Olivier Awards

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The Duchess of Cornwall stepped out in London on Sunday evening in the best way possible -- dripping in diamonds.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Sirikit's Diamond Fringe Tiara

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Queen Sirikit of Thailand wears her diamond fringe tiara in a formal portrait; more on the heirloom royal tiara over here!