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The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #1 (The Japanese Imperial Enthronement)

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And now, for the sparkliest royal jewelry moment of the year...

#1: The Japanese Imperial Enthronement

The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #2 (The Queen's Emeralds)

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We've almost reached the top of our countdown of the best royal jewels of the year!

#2: The Queen's Emeralds


The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #3 (Charlotte's Wedding Necklace)

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Our countdown of the best royal jewels of the year makes a glittering stop in Monaco...

#3: Charlotte's Wedding Necklace


The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #4 (Sophie's Tiara Redesigned)

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Our countdown of the best royal jewels of the year rolls on with a major royal tiara overhaul...

#4: Sophie's Tiara Redesigned


The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #5 (Queen Victoria's Tiara on Display)

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Halfway through our countdown of the best royal jewels of the year, we've arrived in a particularly sparkly corner of London...

#5: Queen Victoria's Tiara on Display

The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #6 (Lady Gabriella's Windsor Wedding)

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She may not be a princess, but Lady Gabriella Windsor looked exceptionally royal in her family wedding tiara this May...

#6: Lady Gabriella's Windsor Wedding


The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #7 (Royal Fabergé in the Spotlight)

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2019 has been a banner year for royal jewelry auctions, but few sales drummed up as much interest as a pair of Fabergé tiaras...

#7: Royal Fabergé in the Spotlight

The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #8 (A Very Royal Garter Day)

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We continue our countdown of the best royal jewelry moments of 2019 with an especially sparkly June day in Windsor...

#8: A Very Royal Garter Day

The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #9 (Beatrice's Engagement Ring)

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Our countdown of the best royal jewelry moments of 2019 continues with a major British royal diamond...

#9: Beatrice's Engagement Ring


The Best Royal Jewels of 2019: #10 (Princess Sofia's New Tiara Setting)

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The end of the year is fast arriving, and you all know what that means: it's time for our annual countdown of the best royal jewels of 2019! We're kicking off our review with a tiara surprise from Sweden...

#10: Princess Sofia's New Tiara Setting


The Daily Diadem: Queen Elisabeth's Star Tiara

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Queen Elisabeth of Romania wears her petite star tiara in an illustrated portrait; see a photograph of the sparkler, and read a little more about it, over here!


British Royal Christmas Jewels 2019

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On Christmas Day, the royals made their official trek to St. Mary Magdalene's near the Sandringham estate for church. Here's a look at some of the jewels worn by the senior royal ladies for the occasion!


The Daily Diadem: The Diadem of the Stars

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Queen Amelia of Portugal wears the Diadem of the Stars for a formal portrait, ca. 1900; learn more about this Portuguese crown jewel over here!


Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, everyone! As always, whether you celebrate today's holiday or any other festive day this time of year, I hope you're having a wonderful season with the people you love.

This year has been one of the best and most exciting of my life so far, and it's been a wonderful year for The Court Jeweller, too! I'm so thankful for the community of readers who have embraced this site, making it a regular part of your day. Thank you so much for enjoying all of the sparkle with me! I really can't express my gratitude enough.

There will be a bit more sparkle and cheer coming today, with a starry Daily Diadem post, and then we'll all enjoy the jewels from the annual British royal Christmas church outing here on the blog tomorrow! In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Happy Holidays!
Lauren

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Star Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Star Tiara for the Israeli state banquet in The Hague, October 2013; more on the tiara over here!


Prince Albert's Brooch for the Queen's Christmas Message

(Looking for today's scheduled recap of The Crown? I've moved the next recap to the new year, so stay tuned for episode six in January!)

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This weekend, we all speculated about which brooch the Queen would wear for her annual Christmas Message, and now we've got the answer! She's chosen Prince Albert's Brooch for Christmas 2019.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara

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Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wears Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara for a gala performance during Queen Margrethe II's Ruby Jubilee, January 2012; more on the Swedish royal heirloom over here!


Swedish Academy Jewels 2019

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We've got one final royal gala event of the year to enjoy, everybody! Here's a look at the royal jewels worn on Friday for the annual Grand Ceremony at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm.


The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Tiara

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Infanta Elena of Spain wears the Prussian Tiara for a gala dinner during the Japanese state visit to Madrid, October 1994; more on the tiara over here!


The Queen's Christmas Message Brooches

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With Christmas Day swiftly approaching, it's almost time to see which brooch the Queen chooses for her annual Christmas message! To get us ready for the big moment, here's a look back at a whole lot of the brooches worn by the Queen for the television broadcast, right from the very start!

The Daily Diadem: The Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the tiara and jewels from the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure for the Nobel Prize ceremony and banquet in Stockholm, December 2004; more on the jewels here!


The Luxembourg Sapphire Bracelet Bandeau

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Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein is one of the rare European royals who is part of two different reigning families. Married to the brother of the Prince of Liechtenstein, Margaretha is also a sister of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Such a well-connected princess definitely needs a tiara or two, and today's sparkler, the Luxembourg Sapphire Bracelet Bandeau, currently resides in her jewelry box.

The Daily Diadem: The Kent Diamond Bandeau

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Princess Alexandra of Kent (with her brother, the Duke of Kent) wears the Kent Diamond Bandeau for the wedding reception celebrating Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and Princess Maria Pia of Savoy, February 1955; more on the tiara, which has since been remodeled, over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: December 13-19


December 13-19, 2019

Time really does fly -- this is our final weekly jewel review of the year! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. For the Norwegian royal family's annual Christmas portraits, Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore a small silver-toned brooch with bracelets and rings. (See more here!)


The Daily Diadem: The Aosta Stars and Knots Tiara

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Claude of Orleans wears the Aosta Stars and Knots Tiara to marry Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta in Sintra, July 1964; more on this Italian royal heirloom over here!


Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 3, Episode 5)



It's time for yet another recap of the history and jewels of The Crown. Buckle up -- Episode 5, "Coup," is a pretty awful mishmash of both topics, I'm afraid. (If you need to refresh your memory with any of our earlier recaps, you'll find them here!)

The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Six Button Tiara

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Princess Sofia of Sweden wears the Diamond Six Button Tiara for a gala celebrating the 80th birthdays of King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway in Oslo, May 2017; more on the tiara here!


Royal Christmas Jewels in Oslo

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The Norwegian royals released official images from their annual Christmas photoshoot this week, and there were some festive jewels on display!


The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Sunburst Tiara

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Crown Princess (now Empress) Masako of Japan wears the Pearl Sunburst Tiara and its coordinating jewels for an official dinner during the Spanish state visit to Japan, April 2017; more on the tiara and jewels over here!


British Royal Heirlooms Sold at Auction

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On Friday, a very royal auction was held at Christie's in London. Furniture, artwork, and other treasures from the collections of the Gloucester and Harewood families were sold, including several objects that I thought would be of interest to readers here at The Court Jeweller. Here's a little peek inside the sale.


The Daily Diadem: Maria Vladimirovna's Pearl Kokoshnik

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Maria Vladimirovna Romanova, one of the claimants of the imperial throne of Russia, wears a pearl kokoshnik at the wedding reception for Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, July 2011; learn more about the tiara over here!


The Savoy-Aosta Tiara: An Updated Look

Astrid wears the tiara for the pre-wedding gala in Luxembourg, 2012 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Tiaras are special because they're beautiful works of art, but some of them are doubly interesting because of their royal pasts. Every now and then, one of today's princesses wears a tiara that came from a royal house of the past. Today's tiara, the Savoy-Aosta Tiara, is one of those -- it started off with a branch of the former reigning family of Italy, and now it graces the head of a Belgian princess.


The Daily Diadem: The Cameo Tiara

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the Cameo Tiara for the Nobel Prize festivities, December 2005; more on the grand tiara over here!


The City of London Lily Brooch

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We've covered so many brooches from the Queen's early collection here on the site that it's hard to believe there could be more we haven't discussed in depth -- but there are! Today's jewel, the City of London Lily Brooch, has been in the Queen's jewelry box for more than seventy years.


The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Six Button Tiara

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the Diamond Six Button Tiara with jewels from the family's amethyst parure for the Nobel Prize celebrations, December 2009; more on the tiara here and the amethysts over here!


The Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Diamond Spike Tiara

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The Danish royal family doesn't just include Queen Margrethe II and her descendants. The extended family also encompasses the former royal family of Greece, as well as the German House of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. Today's sparkler, the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Diamond Spike Tiara, is worn by a member of Princess Benedikte's family.


The Daily Diadem: Countess Alice's Diamond Floral Tiara

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Countess Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister, Chief Court Mistress to Queen Silvia, wears her diamond floral tiara at the Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm, December 2004; see another view of the tiara here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: December 6-12


December 6-12, 2019

What an incredible week for royal jewels! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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25. Queen Letizia of Spain wore her Skyline earrings from Gold and Roses in Madrid for Thursday's forum on the socio-economic impact of traffic accidents with child victims.


The Daily Diadem: The Baden Fringe Tiara

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Princess Lilian of Sweden wears the Baden Fringe Tiara with Queen Josefina's Diamond Stomacher Necklace for the Nobel Prize celebrations, December 2004; more on the heirloom tiara here and the necklace over here!


Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 3, Episode 4)



It's time again for another look at the invented history and jewels behind this season of The Crown, everybody! Buckle up -- "Bubbikins" takes a bumpy ride through the "history" of the royals in the late '60s.


Jewels of the Diplomatic Reception 2019

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Tonight, the British royals attended the annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace, and the Queen brought a major jewelry surprise along with her!


Nobel Jewels 2019: Princess Madeleine

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Princess Madeleine sparkled in a favorite tiara this year for the Nobels in Stockholm. Here's a closer look at all of her jewels!


Nobel Jewels 2019: Princess Sofia

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Princess Sofia brought a delightful surprise with her to the Nobels this year -- a new setting of her tiara! Here's a look at all her jewels.


Nobel Jewels 2019: Queen Silvia

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For one of the most important royal galas of the year, the annual presentation of the Nobel Prizes, Queen Silvia of Sweden reached for major heirloom jewels. Here's a look at all the sparkle!


Nobel Jewels 2019: Crown Princess Victoria

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden dazzled on Tuesday evening at the annual presentation of the Nobel Prizes in Stockholm. Here's a closer look at her jewelry!


The Daily Diadem: The Modern Fringe Tiara

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden wears the Modern Fringe Tiara for the Nobel Prize Banquet, December 2003; more on the tiara over here!


Nobel Jewels: Review and Predictions

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One of the best tiara days of the year has finally arrived! This afternoon and evening, the Nobel Prizes will be awarded in Stockholm and Oslo. The Swedish celebration features the royal family dressed in grand gala jewels, photographed in wonderful detail. As we get ready for all the sparkle this evening, here's a look back at some of the recent jewels worn for the Swedish festivities.

The Daily Diadem: The Connaught Diamond Tiara

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Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson wears the Connaught Diamond Tiara at the Nobel Prize Banquet, December 2001; more on the tiara here!