31 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Mary's Wedding Tiara

Chris Jackson/WireImage

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears her diamond wedding tiara for a gala performance during Queen Margrethe II's Ruby Jubilee, January 2012; more on the tiara over here!


Halloween Tiara Madness!

Princess Astrid of Norway wears her diamond aigrette during the Brazilian state visit, September 2007 (Hakon Mosvold Larsen/AFP/Getty Images)

Happy Halloween, magpies! To celebrate, I've got an updated top ten list for you: the very maddest tiaras from royal collections. From spooky to downright confusing, these are some of the strangest sparklers of all...

30 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara

DPA Picture Alliance/Alamy

Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein wears the Kinsky Honeysuckle Tiara for a ball held the night before the wedding of her sister, Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria, September 2004; more on the tiara over here!


On the Block: Lady Smith's Cartier Tiara

Sotheby's

Next month's Magnificent Jewels auction at Sotheby's in Geneva is turning out to be quite a glittering affair. Along with Princess Salimah's emeralds, the sale also includes numerous tiaras. Today, we've got a closer look at one of them: the Cartier sparkler owned by the late Lady Smith.


29 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Cubitt Tiara

Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

The Duchess of Cornwall wears the Cubitt Tiara for the Royal Academy of Arts Annual Dinner in London, June 2015; learn more about this family sparkler over here!


Princess Elisabeth's Birthday Jewels

Olivier Matthys/Getty Images

On Friday, the Duchess of Brabant celebrated her eighteenth birthday in Brussels. Princess Elisabeth will one day succeed her father, King Philippe, as Queen of the Belgians.


28 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Napoleonic Cut Steel Tiara

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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


Chaumet in Majesty: Napoleonic Jewels

Photo generously provided by Royal Warren(t); do not reproduce

I've got a major treat for all of you today! Royal Warren(t), one of our readers here at The Court Jeweller, recently visited the grand Chaumet exhibition in Monaco, and she's offered to share some of her photos with us! The splendor is so great that we'll be dividing the bounty into two posts. Today's post features jewelry and other items associated with the reign of Napoleon I.

27 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Lannoy Tiara

Guy Wolff/Grand-Ducal Court of Luxembourg via Getty Images

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the Lannoy Tiara for her wedding to Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, October 2012; more on the tiara here!


Queen Maxima's Spider Brooches

MARTIJN BEEKMAN/AFP/Getty Images

Halloween is swiftly approaching, and to get you in an appropriately creepy mood, today we've got a set of spooky brooches: Queen Maxima's Spider Brooches.


26 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara

Michel Porro/Getty Images

Princess Viktoria of Bourbon-Parma wears the Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara for her wedding to Prince Jaime in Apeldoorn, October 2013; more on the tiara here!


The Essex Tiara

FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images

Tiara designs often fall into two categories: either they stand as a specific example of design from their era, or they manage to transcend that time period. Today's sparkler, the Essex Tiara, definitely falls into the "timeless" category.


25 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Takamado's Necklace Tiara

TORU HANAI/AFP/Getty Images

Ayako Moriya wears a convertible diamond necklace tiara that belongs to her mother, Princess Takamado, for her wedding banquet in Tokyo, October 2018; more on the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Tiaras: October 18-24


October 18-24, 2019

We've already reviewed the rest of the best royal jewels of the week -- now it's time to rank the tiaras! Don't forget to vote for your favorite in the poll below!


DAVID MAREUIL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

10. Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan wore a gorgeous bandeau-style tiara for the court banquet in Tokyo on Tuesday evening. (More here!)


This Week in Royal Jewels: October 18-24


October 18-24, 2019

It has been an absolute bonanza week for royal jewelry -- so much so that we need a separate poll just for the tiaras! (That roundup will be up later this morning!) Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


Chris Jackson/Getty Images

25. On the final day of the tour of Pakistan, the Duchess of Cambridge wore golden earrings for a visit to an Army Canine Center in Islamabad. (More tour jewels here!)


24 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik

ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images

Princess Eugenie of York wears the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik on her wedding day, October 2018; more on the tiara over here!


A Quartet of Brooches for the Queen

Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Queen recently returned from her annual summer holiday at Balmoral, and she's definitely back in the swing of things! Here's a look at four brooches she wore this week.


23 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Floral Tiara

DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Infanta Cristina of Spain wears the family's diamond floral tiara (with the earrings from the joyas de pasar!) for her wedding to Inaki Urdangarin, October 1997; more on the tiara over here!


Royal Purple for Meghan in London

GARETH FULLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

While the royal world's eyes were on Tokyo on Tuesday, the Duchess of Sussex was out and about in London wearing gorgeous purple and chic diamonds.


22 October 2019

Jewels of Emperor Naruhito's Enthronement (Part 2)

STR/Japan Pool via Jiji Press/AFP via Getty Images

The enthronement celebrations in Japan continued with the first of four court banquets (called Kyoen-no-gi) that will be held at the imperial palace over the next several days. We got major tiaras from the imperial ladies and their foreign guests for this dinner -- enjoy! (And catch up with our first enthronement jewel post over here!)


Jewels of Emperor Naruhito's Enthronement (Part 1)

KAZUHIRO NOGI/Pool/Getty Images

Get ready, everyone: time to survey the jewels of today's magnificent enthronement in Japan! (And this is only part one...!)


The Daily Diadem: The Lotus Flower Tiara

Tony Harris/PA Images/Alamy

The Hon. Serena Stanhope wears the Lotus Flower Tiara as she departs for her wedding to Viscount Linley (now the Earl of Snowdon) in London, October 1993; more on the tiara here!


Looking Back at Emperor Akihito's Enthronement

KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images

Today in Tokyo, the world will watch as Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan are officially enthroned. I'll have a full post on the festivities later today, but first, here's a look back at his father and mother's enthronement ceremony, which took place almost thirty years ago.


21 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara

Guy Wolff/Grand-Ducal Court of Luxembourg via Getty Images

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg (then Countess Stephanie of Lannoy) wears the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara at a gala held the night before her wedding to Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, October 2012; more on the tiara here!


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

FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP via Getty Images

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

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

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

Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby's

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

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

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

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

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!


Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

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

MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images

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

Cour Grand-Ducale

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

MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images

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

Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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

MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images

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

PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images

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

VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

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

MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images

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

FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN/AFP/Getty Images

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

Albert Nieboer/DPA Picture Alliance Archive/Alamy

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

OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images

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

Michel Porro/Getty Images

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

Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

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

AFP/Getty Images

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!

PLEASE NOTE: There's currently an issue with embedded images from Getty on their end. (Using embedded images when necessary is part of my commitment to respecting copyright permissions by using photos legally on this website.) I've contacted them about the issue, and I'm hopeful that they'll resolve it quickly. Thanks for your patience in the meantime.

Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

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