31 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Russian Bandeau

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Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom wears Queen Mary's Russian Bandeau with its sapphire center element for a reception for President Heuss of Germany at Lancaster House, 1958; more on the tiara over here!


The Windsor Anniversary Heart Brooch

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Our month-long focus on royal rubies wraps up today with a look at a piece that used rubies to emphasize the "royal" part of a milestone wedding anniversary. Here's a closer look at the Windsor Anniversary Heart Brooch.

30 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Diamond Lozenge Tiara

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Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom wears Queen Mary's Diamond Lozenge Tiara for a reception at Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium during the inauguration of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, September 1948; more on the tiara over here!


Jewels of the 2019 Red Cross Gala

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On Friday evening in Monaco, the Grimaldis were out and about at the annual Red Cross Gala. Here's a look at some of the jewels worn by Princess Charlene and the other guests!


29 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Halo Tiara

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Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom wears the Cartier Halo Tiara for a concert held during the inauguration of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, September 1948; more on the tiara here!


Princess Margaret's Ruby Girandole Earrings

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Princess Margaret's extensive jewelry collection contained a whole lot of one favorite stone: July's birthstone, the mighty red ruby. Today, we've got a closer look at her delicate ruby and diamond girandole earrings.


28 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Burmese Ruby Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Burmese Ruby Tiara for a state banquet at Brdo Castle in Slovenia, October 2008; more on the tiara over here!


Queen Alexandrine's Ruby Bow Brooch

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The former royal family of Greece no longer has a throne, but they do still have an impressive jewelry collection -- thanks, in part, to Queen Anne-Marie's Danish royal descent. Today, we've got a look at one of the Danish royal heirlooms now in Princess Alexia's jewelry box: Queen Alexandrine's Ruby Bow Brooch.


27 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Angouleme Ruby Tiara



A grand diamond and ruby tiara, made for the Duchess of Angouleme, is displayed during an exhibition at the Louvre in Paris, ca. 1962; the tiara was sold with the crown jewels in 1887, later acquired for Cornelia, Countess of Craven, and eventually sold at auction again in 1961


The Vladimir Tiara

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Get ready, magpies: we've got a heck of a tiara story for your Saturday enjoyment! The Vladimir Tiara survived revolution and upheaval to become one of the most iconic diadems in the world.


26 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Bavarian Ruby and Spinel Diadem

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The imposing diadem from the Bavarian Ruby and Spinel Parure is displayed at the Residenz Museum in Bavaria; more on the suite over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: July 19-25


July 19-25, 2019

Summer is in full swing, and we've got the seasonal royal jewels to prove it! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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10. Queen Letizia wore the Skyline climber-style earrings from Gold and Roses to receive decorated Spanish synchronized swimmer Ona Carbonell at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on Tuesday.


25 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara

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Queen Fabiola of Belgium wears the ruby setting of the Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara with her ruby and diamond bracelet in Brussels, ca. 1960; more on the tiara here!


Queen Friederike's Ruby Pendant

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Queen Sofia's jewelry box is full of Spanish royal treasures, but she also has pieces that come from her own Greek royal family. Today's jewel is the diamond and ruby pendant she inherited from her mother, Queen Friederike.


24 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Milford Haven Ruby Kokoshnik

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The ruby and diamond kokoshnik that once belonged to Nada Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven, is displayed at the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, March 2004; the tiara may still be in the family's collection, though there were rumors of a possible sale


Elizabeth Taylor's Cartier Rubies

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most famous jewelry collector of her time, with a collection featuring virtually every important gemstone and jeweler. Today, we've got a closer look at a very July-appropriate set: her Cartier Ruby Suite.


23 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Niarchos Ruby Bandeau

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Niarchos Ruby Bandeau for the French state banquet in Madrid, April 2009; more on the ruby suite over here!


Summery Jewels for the Dutch Royals

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The annual royal summer holiday season is fast approaching, which means that we're starting to see some of the seasonal family portrait sessions! Today, we've got a look at the summery jewels worn by Queen Maxima and her daughters over in the Netherlands.

22 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Dragonfly Tiara

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Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies wears the Ruby Dragonfly Tiara for the wedding reception of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, July 2011; the ruby and diamond tiara was likely made in France at the turn of the twentieth century


Book Review: RUBY (2017)

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As our celebration of July's birthstone continues, I've got a review of the latest addition to my personal royal jewelry library: Joanna Hardy's Ruby: The King of Gems.


21 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Nassau Floral Tiara

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Marie-Christine of Austria wears the Nassau Floral Tiara for her wedding to Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum in Mechelen, December 2008; more on the tiara over here!


Princess Margaret's Ruby and Diamond Flower Brooch

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July is the month for rubies, and one of the biggest royal ruby collectors of all was Princess Margaret. Today, we've got a look at one of her favorite pieces featuring the bright red gem: her Ruby and Diamond Flower Brooch.


20 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Sibilla's Art Deco Tiara

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Countess Diane de Nassau wears the small setting of Princess Sibilla's Art Deco Tiara for a pre-wedding ball for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg, October 2012; more on the tiara over here!


Princess Madeleine's Modern Fringe Tiara

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The Swedish royal family's royal jewelry treasures largely reside in the family's jewel foundation, which cleverly ensures that the collection remains intact as it travels through time. But some of their tiaras, including today's sparkling diamond fringe, are personal possessions.

19 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Alexia's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark wears her diamond tiara at the wedding of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark, May 2008; more on the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: July 12-18


July 12-18, 2019

Brooches and birthday jewels dominate this week's royal jewel review! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. The Duchess of Sussex paired simple turquoise earrings with rings on both hands at Wimbledon on Saturday. (More here!)


18 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the full setting of (the replica of) Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara at a gala celebrating Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's Ruby Jubilee, January 2012; more on the tiara here!


The Queen Gleams at the Palace's Summer Opening

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On Wednesday, the Queen popped over to the summer exhibition space at Buckingham Palace to preview this year's Summer Opening exhibit, which is dedicated to Queen Victoria's life at the palace.


17 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Cubitt Tiara

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The Duchess of Cornwall wears the Cubitt Tiara for the Royal Academy of Arts Annual Dinner to celebrate the Summer Exhibition, June 2015; more on the tiara over here!


Birthday Jewels for Crown Princess Victoria

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The Swedish royal family gathered on the island of Oland this weekend to mark the 42nd birthday of Crown Princess Victoria. Here's a look at some of the jewelry they sported for the occasion!


16 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Miller Fringe Tiara

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Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark wears the Miller Fringe Tiara at a gala celebrating Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark's 50th birthday, May 2018; more on the tiara here!


TCJ Book Club Pick: Massie's CATHERINE THE GREAT


Get excited, magpies: our July/August selection for The Court Jeweller Book Club is...

TCJ Book Club Discussion: ROYAL SISTERS

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Grab your copy of our latest book club selection, magpies: it's time to discuss Anne Edwards's Royal Sisters!


15 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara with pieces from the Cameo Parure for the Nobel Prize Ceremony, December 2016; more on the tiara here and the cameos over here!


Double Duchess Jewels in London

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Fans of Britain's young royal duchesses were treated this weekend to a trio of royal appearances from the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, and we've got a look today at all of their jewels!


14 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the tiara and jewels from the Mellerio Ruby Parure for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; more on the suite here!


The Bird of Paradise Jubilee Brooch

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Few things say sunny summertime like gold, diamonds, and flowers. Today's brooch, the Bird of Paradise Jubilee Brooch, has all three!


13 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Bains de Mer Tiara

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears the Bains de Mer Tiara with her diamond festoon necklace, ca. 1950s; more on the tiara over here and the necklace over here!


Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau

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The Belgian royal tiara collection may be small, but the pieces they have are fascinating. Today we're discussing one of the most classic sparklers of the bunch: the diamond art deco bandeau that has been worn by generations of Belgian queens.


12 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The King Edward VII Ruby Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the King Edward VII Ruby Tiara for or dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, March 2007; more on the tiara here!


This Fortnight in Royal Jewels: June 28-July 11


June 28-July 11, 2019

We've got a super-sized royal jewel review for you this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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30. Queen Letizia of Spain wore her diamond butterfly studs for a meeting of the Spanish Association Against Cancer in Madrid on July 1.


11 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara for the French state banquet in Copenhagen, August 2018; more on the tiara and its accompanying parure here!


German Jewels for Queen Mathilde

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians made a two-day visit to Germany this week, complete with stops in the home of Philippe's Saxe-Coburg-Gotha ancestors.

10 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wears the Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara for the 80th birthday celebrations of King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway in Oslo, May 2017; more on the tiara over here!


Holyrood Week Jewels 2019

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While I was away last week, the Queen was very busy up in Scotland! Today, we've got a look at the jewels she wore during Holyrood Week, her annual residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.


09 July 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Ruby Peacock Tiara

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Princess Irene of the Netherlands (standing behind her mother, Queen Juliana) wears the Ruby Peacock Tiara for a gala in The Hague, March 1960; learn more about the tiara here (and Juliana's tiara here!)


Christening Jewels for Archie at Windsor Castle

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I'm officially married and back to work, so it's time to get caught up on some of the jewels we saw during my break last week! (Don't worry, I'm going on a honeymoon, but not until the end of the year!) Let's get started with a look today at the jewels worn for the christening of little Archie Mountbatten-Windsor at Windsor Castle on Saturday.