21 October 2019

Royal Wedding Jewels: Jean-Christophe, Prince Napoleon and Countess Olympia of Arco-Zinneberg

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Royals from all over Europe gathered in Paris for something special this weekend: the wedding of a member of one of France's former reigning families to a descendant of German, Italian, and Austrian royalty.


20 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Honeysuckle Tiara

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears Queen Mary's Honeysuckle Tiara for the Guildhall banquet during the Norwegian state visit, October 2005; more on the tiara over here!


Princess Salimah's Emeralds

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The leaves are officially turning outside the office window here at TCJ headquarters, but I couldn't resist featuring a little green this weekend -- emeralds, that is!

19 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Daisy Bandeau

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears the Diamond Daisy Bandeau for the Guildhall banquet during the British state visit, October 2005; more on the tiara here!


The Noor-ol-Ain Tiara

Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and Farah Diba on their wedding day, December 1959 (AFP via Getty Images)

The Treasury of National Jewels in Iran holds a stunning collection of gems and jewels from the Persian imperial past. Today, we've got a closer look at one of the nation's most important treasures: the Noor-ol-Ain Tiara.


18 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara at the Guildhall banquet during the British state visit, October 2005; more on the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: October 11-17


October 11-17, 2019

It's been an absolutely banner week for royal jewels, and we've got one of the biggest reviews we've ever seen here at TCJ! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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35. For the Spanish royal family's arrival in Oviedo on Thursday for the Princess of Asturias award festivities, Queen Letizia wore a pair of delicate black and white earrings.


17 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Amethyst Tiara

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears the family's amethyst tiara and coordinating jewels for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace during the British state visit, October 2005; more on the amethysts over here!


Major Royal Sparkle in Luxembourg

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The King and Queen of the Belgians embarked on a state visit to their cousins in Luxembourg on Tuesday, and we've got plenty of jewels (including tiaras!) to enjoy from the trip so far.

16 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Delhi Durbar Tiara

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The Duchess of Cornwall wears the Delhi Durbar Tiara for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace during the Norwegian state visit, October 2005; more on the tiara here!


Royal Tour Update: William and Kate in Pakistan

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What an incredibly busy royal week! Today, we've got a recap for you of the first part of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of Pakistan, including some lovely local jewels.


15 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja wears the Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara and its coordinating jewels for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace during the British state visit, October 2005; see more of the important heirloom parure over here!


State Visit Jewels: Queen Maxima in India

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October means state visit season has begun, and on Monday, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands began a five-day visit to India.


14 October 2019

Jewels of the State Opening of Parliament 2019

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Today in London, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom opened parliament for the first time since 2017 -- and in grand jewels for the first time since 2016. But there's been a big change, one I've suspected was coming for some time...


The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Vladimir Tiara with the Gloucester Pendant Earrings, Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace, and the Dorset Bow Brooch for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace during the Norwegian state visit, October 2005; more on the tiara here!


Note: A post on today's jewels from the State Opening of Parliament will be up in a few hours!


The Top Ten: Royal Opals

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October babies, let's face it: you've got a pretty cool birthstone. Opals come in a variety of colors, and often they look like they're literally glowing from within. Most of the world's opals are mined in Australia, so it's no surprise that it's also the country's national gemstone. Royals have been attracted to opals for centuries, from the "Burning of Troy" opal given by Napoleon to Josephine all the way to the Duchess of Sussex's engagement earrings, though many royal collections lack major opal pieces. Today, we're running down ten of the most intriguing opals in royal collections past and present.


13 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara

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Princess Aimee of Orange-Nassau wears the Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara on her wedding day, October 2005; more on the tiara here!


Spanish National Day Jewels 2019

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On Saturday, Spain celebrated its National Day, and the royal family was on hand to join in the festivities.


12 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Habsburg Fringe Tiara

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Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein wears the Habsburg Fringe Tiara for a gala dinner before the Dutch royal inauguration, April 2013; find out how the tiara got from the Habsburg court to the tiny principality here!


Queen Letizia's Tiaras

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Today is Spain's National Day, and to mark the occasion, we've got a sparkling roundup of all the tiaras worn by the lovely Queen Letizia. Enjoy!


11 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Noor-ol-Ain Tiara

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Farah Pahlavi, then Empress of Iran, wears the Noor-ol-Ain Tiara in Persepolis, May 1971; more on this fantastic tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: October 4-10


October 4-10, 2019

From galas to games, we've got a whole lot of royal glitter in our roundup this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!

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20. In Madrid, Queen Letizia of Spain wore simple stud earrings and her gold ring for audiences at Zarzuela Palace on Tuesday.


10 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Mako's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Mako of Akishino wears her diamond tiara and accompanying jewels for a visit to the Imperial Palace to mark her twentieth birthday, October 2011; more on the Akishino tiaras here!


Dazzling Danish Jewels in Paris

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Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark headed to Paris for an official visit this week, and we've got a look at all of the sparkling jewels worn by the royals for the trip.

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09 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Saleha's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Saleha of Brunei wears a large diamond tiara at the wedding of her son, Crown Prince Billah, September 2004; see more of her jewels here!


Bold Jewelry for Queen Maxima

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For a series of outings in the Netherlands this week, Queen Maxima has worn a range of jewelry -- from the super bold to the completely minimal.


08 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Louise's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Margaretha of Sweden wears Queen Louise's Diamond Tiara for a state banquet in honor of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands in Stockholm, May 1957; more on the tiara here!


Grimaldi Glitter at the Secret Games Party

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The Grimaldis were out and about in Monaco for a glittering gala event on Saturday, and we've got a look at the best jewels of the evening.


07 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Japanese Crown Princely Wedding Tiara

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Crown Princess (later Empress) Michiko of Japan wears the Japanese Crown Princely Wedding Tiara in a portrait with her husband, the future Emperor Akihito, June 1971; more on the tiara here!


The Court Jeweller Book Club: October 2019

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It's time for our monthly book club post, magpies! This month, we're switching things up a bit...


06 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Hesse Strawberry Leaf Tiara

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Grand Duchess Alice of Hesse and by Rhine wears the Hesse Strawberry Leaf Tiara in a portrait, May 1871; more on the fascinating tiara here!


The Australian Opal Spray Brooch

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A few weeks ago, I received a reader email inquiring about this brooch from the Queen's collection. Because it's set with October's birthstone, I decided to wait until this week to feature it. Here's some background information on the Australian Opal Spray Brooch.


05 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Emerald Wreath Bandeau

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Empress Augusta Viktoria of Germany (with her daughter, Princess Viktoria Luise) wears the Emerald Wreath Bandeau as a traditional tiara in a portrait by Ernst Sandau, ca. 1912; more on the bandeau over here!


The Harewood Fringe Tiara

Princess Mary wears her diamond fringe tiara, ca. 1922

With a recent appearance (as a replica) in the new Downton Abbey film, there's been a lot of chatter about the diamond fringe tiara that belonged to Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood. Today, we've got a look at this tiara's history.


04 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Bonaparte Olive Wreath Tiara

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Princess Marie Bonaparte wears the Bonaparte Olive Wreath Tiara in a portrait taken ca. 1907, the year of her marriage to Prince George of Greece and Denmark; more on the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: September 27-October 3


September 27-October 3, 2019

We've got lots of royal sparkle to enjoy this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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25. On Thursday, Queen Letizia of Spain wore her Skyline earrings from Gold and Roses for the inauguration of the 14th International Seminar of Language and Journalism in San Millan de la Cogolla.


03 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara

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Queen Ingrid of Denmark wears the Danish Ruby Parure Tiara with its accompanying jewels for a portrait taken at Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, ca. 1960s; more on this fabulous heirloom here!


Royal Tour Update: Meghan and Harry in Johannesburg

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex continued their visit to Africa this week, and we saw the Duchess out and about for several engagements in Johannesburg. Here's a look at the jewels she chose for the second half of the tour. (Don't miss our recap of last week's engagements!)


02 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wears the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara for a gala dinner celebrating the 70th birthday of King Harald V of Norway in Oslo, February 2007; more on this classic sparkler over here!


Parliamentary Jewels in Copenhagen

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Parliament season continued this week in Europe, with the Danish royals attending the annual opening of the parliamentary session in Copenhagen.


01 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Iveagh Tiara

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears the Iveagh Tiara for a Guildhall banquet in London during the Chinese state visit, October 1999; more on the tiara here!


Empress Carlota's Emeralds Found

Detail from Albert Grafle's portrait of Charlotte of Belgium as Empress of Mexico, ca. 1860s (Wikimedia Commons)

I've received numerous excited messages from readers about the recent royal jewel news out of Switzerland: the "discovery" of a suite of emerald and diamond jewelry that belonged to Princess Charlotte of Belgium, who is perhaps better known to history as Empress Carlota of Mexico.