30 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Laurel Wreath Tiara during a state visit from Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, March 1958; more on the tiara here!


Opals Fit for a Romanov

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Dame Helen Mirren may not be royal herself, but she's played so many royals on television and in films that she surely counts, right? The sparkling jewels that she wore for her most recent premiere were certainly more than fit for a queen.


29 September 2019

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 for the Nobel Prize Ceremony, December 2004; more on the jewels here!


Elizabeth Taylor's Victorian Sapphire Brooch

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As September draws to a close, I've got one more fantastic sapphire brooch to share with all of you -- and, even better, you've soon got a (theoretical) chance to own it yourself!


28 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Ocean Tiara

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Prince Albert and Prince Charlene of Monaco admire the Ocean Tiara, one of his wedding gifts to her, in an exhibition devoted to their marriage at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, July 2011; more on the tiara over here!


Luxembourg's Sapphire Tiaras

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The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg may be small, but the royals who reign there have an absolutely massive collection of gorgeous jewels. Today, we're looking at four (!) of the sapphire tiaras you'll find in the family's collection.

27 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Albanian Sapphire Ram Tiara

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Elia Zaharia wears the Albanian Sapphire Ram Tiara to marry Leka of Albania, grandson of the country's last king, in Tirana, October 2016; more on the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: September 20-26


September 20-26, 2019

We've got royal tours, royal visits, and even a royal engagement in today's jewelry review! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. On Tuesday, Queen Letizia of Spain wore her Chanel diamond star earrings for an event at the Reina Sofia Art Museum in Madrid.


26 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandrine's Russian Sapphire Tiara

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Queen Alexandrine's Russian Sapphire Tiara is displayed ahead of its sale at auction, November 2018; more on the tiara's incredible history here!


Princess Beatrice Is Engaged!

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Big news from Buckingham Palace this morning: Princess Beatrice of York is engaged!


Royal Tour Update: Meghan and Harry in South Africa

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (and Archie!) are currently on a tour of South Africa, and today we've got a look at some of the jewels that Meghan has worn so far during the visit.


25 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Sapphire Necklace Tiara

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Sapphire Necklace Tiara for a dinner honoring the Prince of Monaco in Apeldoorn, June 2014; more on the tiara over here!


Queen Marie of Romania's Sapphire Pendant

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In a month dedicated to the glorious sapphire, we've already seen a whole lot of incredible examples of royal pieces set with the gemstone. But today, we've got a look at what is perhaps the greatest royal sapphire of all, which belonged to two twentieth-century queens.


24 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Thyra's Sapphire Tiara

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Princess Elisabeth of Denmark wears Princess Thyra's Sapphire Tiara to celebrate Queen Margrethe II's Ruby Jubilee at Christiansborg Palace, January 2012; more on the tiara here!


Tiaras of Downton Abbey

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A lot of you have been leaving comments and sending messages asking for a post about the tiaras featured in the recent Downton Abbey movie -- and you're in luck! I got to see the movie on Friday evening, and today, I've got a little sneak peek at some of the royal (and non-royal) tiaras featured in the film.


23 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: Infanta Pilar's Sapphire Tiara

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Barbara Cano wears Infanta Pilar's Sapphire Tiara at her wedding to Pilar's son, Bruno Gomez-Acebo y Borbon, in Madrid, October 2002; read more about the tiara here!


Hollywood Royalty: Emmy Jewels 2019

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The 71st annual Emmy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday evening, and we've got a rundown today of some of the most interesting jewels worn on the red carpet...

22 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Essex Tiara

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Clementine Spencer-Churchill, Lady Churchill wears the Essex Tiara at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, June 1953; see another view of the tiara here!


The Connaught Sapphire Brooch

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has embraced the world of royal jewelry enthusiastically since joining the Danish royal family in 2004, and today, she wears a number of heirloom pieces from the family collection. Today, we've got a look at a small piece of jewelry that packs a major sentimental punch: her sapphire, diamond, and pearl brooch.


21 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears the Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara at a gala dinner celebrating the 50th birthday of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, May 2018; more on the tiara over here!


Crown Princess Mary and the Ruby Parure Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary has been a member of the Danish royal family for fifteen years, and in that time, the Ruby Parure Tiara has become her signature sparkler. Today, we're looking back at some of her most glamorous appearances wearing the heirloom tiara and its coordinating jewels...

20 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Pearl and Diamond Kokoshnik

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A pearl and diamond kokoshnik, made in 1908 by Cartier, is exhibited in Canberra along with numerous other jewels made by the jewelry firm, March 2018; see more from the exhibition here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: September 13-19


September 13-19, 2019

We've got one of our biggest royal jewel roundups ever for you today! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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30. Queen Letizia of Spain chose her Double Dagger earrings from Gold and Roses for the opening of a scholarship course in Torrejoncillo on Tuesday.


19 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Connaught Diamond Tiara

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Princess Sibylla of Sweden wears the Connaught Diamond Tiara at the annual Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, December 1948; more on the tiara over here!


Jewels from Rosenborg Castle

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One of the most fun things about running a royal jewelry website is definitely the way my readers share their royal jewel experiences with me. I'm always so honored when readers contact me and offer to share photos they've taken at various jewelry exhibitions, and I was thrilled when Annika reached out recently to share photos she took on a recent visit to Rosenborg Castle in Denmark.


18 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Mary's Edwardian Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears her Edwardian-era tiara of diamonds, rubies, and spinels for an 80th birthday gala dinner for King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway, May 2017; more on the convertible tiara over here!


Jewels of Prinsjesdag 2019

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On Tuesday, the Dutch royal family gathered in The Hague for Prinsjesdag, the annual opening day of the parliamentary year. As usual, the occasion provided an opportunity to bring some beautiful jewels out of the family vaults.


17 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Allan Tiara

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The Allan Tiara, made by Cartier, is displayed in an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, January 2018; learn more about the tiara, which survived the sinking of the Lusitania, over here!


Rubies and Gold for the Spanish Royals

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain hosted the Spanish national basketball team at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on Monday, and Letizia wore patriotic jewels for the event.


16 September 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 a state banquet in Tokyo, March 2007; more on the tiara over here!


Tiaras and Cake at Lancaster House

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It's September, which means it's time once again for Queen Charlotte's Ball, a recent revival of an old British society tradition.


15 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara for a gala dinner in Madrid in honor of the President of Portugal, April 2018; more on the tiara over here!


The Queen Mother's Sapphire Flower Brooch

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Our month-long celebration of sapphire brooches continues today with a look at a lovely example from Britain: the Queen Mother's Sapphire Flower Brooch.


14 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau

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Queen Paola of Belgium wears Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau for the Portuguese state dinner in Brussels, October 2005; more on the tiara over here!


King Olav's Gift Tiara

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It’s something of a Scandinavian tradition for royal princesses to receive tiaras as an eighteenth birthday present. Today, let’s look at the birthday tiara received by a member of the Norwegian royal family, Princess Märtha Louise.


13 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara

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Marie-Chantal of Greece wears Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara during a gala dinner to celebrate the Ruby Jubilee of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, January 2012; more on the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: September 6-12


September 6-12, 2019

Late summer has brought out some gorgeous jewels this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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20. The Duchess of Sussex wore her turquoise earrings (and a sentimental necklace featuring the initials of her husband and son) as she watched the women's final match at the US Open on Saturday.


12 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Japanese Crown Princely Wedding Tiara

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Crown Princess Kiko of Japan wears the family's crown princely wedding tiara for the celebrations of the ascension of Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo, May 2019; more on the tiara here!


The Court Jeweller Newsletter Launch


I mentioned briefly in a recent post that I'm launching The Court Jeweller Newsletter soon -- very soon, in fact! The first issue will launch later this evening, and I want to make sure that you're all able to enjoy this new bonus bejeweled royal content!

11 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Nine Provinces Tiara

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Queen Paola of Belgium wears the Nine Provinces Tiara for the Dutch state dinner in Brussels, June 2006; much more on the tiara here!


Picnic Sparkle in Monaco

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On Friday, the Grimaldis attended the traditional September picnic celebration, part of the regular Monegasque calendar year.


10 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara

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Princess Martha Louise of Norway wears the smaller setting of (the replica of) Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara at the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris O'Neill, June 2013; more on the tiara's story over here!


Jewels of the Braemar Highland Games

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This weekend, the British royals gathered for one of the most festive events of their annual Balmoral residence: the Braemar Highland Games. Here's a look at some of the jewels we saw at this year's event.


09 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Diamond Loop Tiara

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears the Cartier Diamond Loop Tiara for a royal gala dinner in Madrid in honor of President Xi Jinping of China, November 2018; more on the tiara here!


Talking Royal Jewels with the Royal Dish Podcast!

The Queen wears the Vladimir Tiara with the Cambridge emeralds for the CHOGM banquet in Malta, November 2015 (Toby Melville-Pool/Getty Images)

I recently sat down to chat about royal jewels with Kay Quinn and Brandie Piper, hosts of the Royal Dish podcast. The show is produced in my hometown of St. Louis, so I was especially excited to talk about jewelry so close to home! Kay and Brandie asked me to talk about three favorite pieces of jewelry, and here's a sneak peek of what I chose to discuss...

08 September 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Ogilvy Tiara

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Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy wears the sapphire setting of her diamond floral tiara for a Variety Clubs dinner reception with Cary Grant, April 1972; more on the tiara here!


The Sapphire and Diamond Grapes Brooch

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Our journey through Queen Elizabeth II's collection of sapphire brooches continues today with a look at an exuberant little bauble: her Sapphire and Diamond Grapes Brooch.