30 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Shell Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Mellerio Shell Tiara for the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, June 2010; more on the tiara here!


The Marichalar Meander Tiara

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Jewels are often sentimentally associated with relationships, but today's sparkler, the Marichalar Meander Tiara, has remained in one royal collection even after the end of the marriage it crowned.


29 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Niarchos Ruby Bandeau

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the bandeau, necklace, and earrings from the Niarchos Ruby Suite for a state dinner in honor of the President of France, April 2009; more on the jewels here!


New Details About Prince Albert's Brooch

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Recently, Dutch royal jewelry historian Erik Schoonhoven published a new article on the history of one of the most recognizable British royal brooches: Prince Albert's Brooch.


28 November 2019

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

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara for a state banquet in honor of the Emperor and Empress of Japan in Madrid, October 1994; more on the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: November 22-27


November 22-27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! To celebrate, here's this week's royal jewelry review a day early! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. Queen Letizia of Spain wore gold hoops on Tuesday in Madrid for an awards ceremony honoring those working to stop domestic and gender-based violence.


27 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Floral Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Spanish Floral Tiara (with Infanta Elena in the Prussian Tiara and Queen Silvia in the Amethyst Tiara) during a state visit from the Swedish royals to Madrid, March 1983; more on Sofia's tiara here, Elena's tiara here, and Silvia's tiara here!


Royal Jewel Heist in Dresden

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One of the world's oldest museums was the latest institution to suffer a royal jewelry theft when burglars stole millions of dollars worth of royal diamonds on Monday. Here are some of the details we know so far.


26 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Diamond Loop Tiara

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The Princess of Spain (later Queen Sofia of Spain) wears the Cartier Diamond Loop Tiara during the 2,500 year celebration of the Persian Empire in Persepolis, October 1971; more on the tiara here!


Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 3, Episode 2)



Our journey through the jewels of this season of The Crown has arrived at episode two, where we're all going to study a bit of "Margaretology." (Missed any of our recaps? You can find them here!)


25 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Tiara

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Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark (now Queen Sofia of Spain) wears the Prussian Tiara (and her mother, Queen Friederike of the Hellenes, wears the Ruby Olive Wreath Tiara) during a reception at the Royal Palace in Athens in honor of President Heuss of West Germany, May 1956; more on Sophia's tiara here and Friederike's tiara here!


Princess Natalia Paley's Jewelry at Sotheby's

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It's been a banner year for major royal jewelry auctions, with several important pieces coming up for sale especially in recent months. The excitement continues in December with the sale of a collection of jewelry that belonged to a Romanov: Princess Natalia Paley.


24 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Grace's Century Ball Tiara

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears a diamond floral tiara at the Century Ball, celebrating Monte-Carlo's 100th anniversary, May 1966; the tiara, which has an interesting history, was loaned to Grace by Van Cleef and Arpels for the occasion


The Duchess of Cornwall's Pink Topazes

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November babies are particularly lucky: one of their birthstones, the topaz, comes in a rainbow of shades. Today we're looking at some royal jewels set with the pink variety: the Duchess of Cornwall's pink topaz jewels.


23 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Brunswick Tiara

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears the Brunswick Tiara with Princess Charlotte's Sapphires for the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; more on the tiara here and the sapphires here!


Grand Duchess Alexandra's Faberge Tiara Finds a Home!

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Great news, tiara lovers! The grand aquamarine and diamond Fabergé tiara that belonged to Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin has found an excellent new home in the Houston Museum of Natural Science.


22 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Grace's Diamond Hair Ornament

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears a diamond hair ornament for a gala during a visit by Princess Anne of the United Kingdom to Monaco, June 1972; Grace often experimented with hair ornaments like these, especially in the '60s and '70s


This Week in Royal Jewels: November 15-21


November 15-21, 2019

National celebrations, galas, and official visits brought us some lovely royal jewels this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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25. Queen Letizia of Spain wore her gold bamboo hoops to visit "Rastrillo Nuevo Futuro" in Madrid on Tuesday.


21 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Hanoverian Floral Tiara

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears the Hanoverian Floral Tiara for a theater performance ahead of the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; see a recent bridal appearance of the tiara here!


Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 3, Episode 1)



Season three of The Crown is here, everybody -- and that means it's time for our first recap! Here's a closer look at episode one, "Olding." (Need a refresher on seasons one and two? Head over here!)


20 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Grace's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears her small diamond tiara (and the ruby and diamond clips from the Bains de Mer Tiara) as she dances with the Aga Khan at the Bal de Petit Lits Blancs in Monaco, July 1966; read more about the tiara here and the clips here!


Jewels of Monaco's National Day 2019

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Monaco celebrated its National Day on Tuesday with a day full of festivities, and we've got a look at all the Grimaldi jewels on display!


19 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears her grandmother's Cartier Pearl Drop Tiara with a diamond fringe necklace for the pre-wedding gala in Luxembourg, October 2012; more on the tiara here and the necklace here!


Grace Kelly's Engagement Rings

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As Monaco celebrates its National Day today, I've got a closer look at two of the most intriguing jewels from the late Princess Grace's collection: her engagement rings.


18 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Bains de Mer Tiara

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears the Bains de Mer Tiara (and her diamond festoon necklace) as she dances with Prince Rainier at the Imperial Ball, held at the Astor Hotel in New York, December 1958; more on the tiara here and the necklace here!


The Countess of Craven's Rubies Sold

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Last week, we talked about the jewels once owned by the late Lady Granard, several of which were up for sale at Christie's. That same sale also included numerous other intriguing pieces of jewelry, including this diamond and ruby necklace -- which may particularly fascinating royal legacy.


17 November 2019

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

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Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) of the United Kingdom wears the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara for a reception in honor of President Auriol in London, March 1950; more on the tiara over here!


The Royal Jewels of The Crown



Fans of Netflix's royal soap opera, The Crown, can rejoice: it's season three premiere day! To celebrate, we've got a look back at some of the replicas of real royal jewels that were featured in the first two seasons. Which royal jewels do you hope we'll be seeing in season three?

16 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears Queen Sofia's Tiara with the Vasa Earrings and the Bernadotte Emeralds at the Nobel Prize banquet, December 2018; more on the tiara here, the earrings here, and the emeralds here!


The Dutch Diamond Festoon Tiara

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Here's how you know the Dutch royal vaults are some of the biggest in Europe: I've been writing this blog for five years, and there are still Dutch royal tiaras we haven't covered here! One of those sparklers is today's jewel: the Dutch Diamond Festoon Tiara.


15 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara

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Princess Martha Louise of Norway wears the small setting of Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara for the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden in Stockholm, June 2013; more on the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: November 8-14


November 8-14, 2019

Festivals, somber remembrances, and galas brought us a wide range of jewels to enjoy this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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25. For the official welcome ceremony during the this week's official trip to Cuba, Queen Letizia of Spain wore a pair of petite gold hoops with a bamboo design. (More here!)


14 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Kent Pearl Festoon Tiara

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The Duchess of Kent wears the Kent Pearl Festoon Tiara (loaned to her by her mother-in-law, Princess Marina) during Uganda's independence celebrations, October 1962; more on the tiara here!


Casual Jewels for Queen Letizia in Cuba

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King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain are currently on their first official visit to Cuba. The trip, which coincides with the celebrations of Havana's 500th anniversary, has featured breezy, beautiful attire -- and some chic casual jewels.


13 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Kako's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Kako of Akishino wears her diamond tiara and coordinating parure for her twentieth-birthday audience at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, December 2014; more on the tiara here!


Crown Princess Mary Sparkles in Nairobi

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark headed to Kenya this week to participate in a conference, and she brought along some suitably sparkly daytime jewelry in her luggage.


12 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Button Tiara

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Queen Beatrix (now Princess Beatrix) of the Netherlands wears the Pearl Button Tiara for a state banquet in honor of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg in The Hague, April 2006; learn more about the tiara over here!


Lady Granard's Diamonds

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Today in Geneva, Christie's will auction an impressive collection of jewels that belonged to an intriguing British aristocrat. Here's a closer look at the jewels that once belonged to Beatrice Forbes, Countess of Granard.


11 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: Princess Anne's Festoon Tiara

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The Princess Royal wears her diamond festoon tiara and accompanying jewels for a state banquet at Windsor Castle in honor of the President of France, March 2008; more on the jewels here!


Glittering Jewels for Empress Masako in Japan

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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan continued their enthronement celebrations with a grand party and parade in Tokyo this weekend, and Masako wore gorgeous jewels for the occasion.

10 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Chaumet Emerald Tiara

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Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg wears the Chaumet Emerald Tiara (and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Diamond Bandeau) during the Dutch state visit to Luxembourg, June 1951; more on Charlotte's tiara here and Juliana's tiara here!


Remembrance Sunday Jewels 2019

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The British royals gathered at the Cenotaph in London this morning to mark Remembrance Sunday, and the ladies of the family chose appropriate jewels to commemorate the occasion.


09 November 2019

Festival of Remembrance Jewels 2019

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Tonight at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the British royals attended the annual Festival of Remembrance. The annual festival commemorates the lives of service members lost in conflicts. Here's a look at the jewels the royals wore to honor them.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Ena's Chaumet Fleur-de-Lis Tiara



Queen Ena of Spain wears her Chaumet Fleur-de-Lis Tiara in a formal portrait, ca. 1920; more on the tiara, which was a gift from King Alfonso XIII, over here!


Archduchess Marie Valerie's Pearl Tiara

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At the end of October, an Austrian auction house announced the upcoming sale of an exciting suite of royal jewelry: a tiara and corsage ornament that belonged to the youngest daughter of one of Austria's last emperors.


08 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Chaumet Choker Tiara

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wears the family's Chaumet Choker Tiara for a reception held the night before the wedding of her eldest son, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, October 2012; more on the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: November 1-7


November 1-7, 2019

From brooches to tiaras, we've got plenty of royal jewels to enjoy this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. The Princess of Asturias wore classic gold hoop earrings to deliver remarks in Catalan at the Princess of Girona Foundation Awards in Barcelona on Monday.