19 November 2019

Grace Kelly's Engagement Rings

Prince Rainier, Grace Kelly, and her parents pose during a press conference announcing Grace and Rainier's engagement, January 1956 (Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy)

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.


07 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Henckel von Donnersmarck Tiara

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The Henckel von Donnersmarck Tiara, likely made by Chaumet at the turn of the twentieth century, is displayed in London ahead of its auction at Sotheby's in Geneva, May 2011; learn more about the tiara here!


Royal Purple at the Royal British Legion for the Queen

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Ahead of this weekend's Remembrance Sunday observances, Queen Elizabeth II headed to Aylesford on Wednesday for an event linked to the Royal British Legion.


06 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Bessborough Chaumet Tiara

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Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, wife of Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, wears a diamond Chaumet tiara lent by the Countess of Bessborough for presentation at court with daughters Kathleen and Rosemary in London, May 1938; see Lady Bessborough in the tiara at the 1937 coronation here!


Bejeweled British Remembrance Poppies

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Each November, the people of Britain wear poppies pinned to their clothes to remember military men and women who have died in service to the country. Many royals wear the traditional paper poppies sold by the Royal British Legion, but in more recent years, some royal ladies have opted for poppy brooches sold by the appeal.


05 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Murat Tiara

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The Murat Tiara, made by Chaumet in 1920 for the wedding of Prince Alexandre Murat and Yvonne Gillois, is displayed at Sotheby's ahead of its sale at auction, April 2012; the diamond and pearl tiara sold in Geneva for more than $3.8 million USD


The Court Jeweller Book Club: November 2019

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The new month has begun, so it's time to chat about what we've all been reading! If you missed last month's post, we've been switching up the format for our book club, and this month's post includes a rundown of my recent royal reading and some new royal books that will be in stores this month...


04 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Chaumet Pearl Sunburst Tiara

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Isabelle of Orleans, Countess of Paris wears a diamond and pearl tiara from Chaumet for an event in France, October 1992; the tiara was made in 1950 and loaned to Isabelle


Chaumet in Majesty: Tiaras (and More!)

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Our journey through some of the jewels from the Chaumet in Majesty exhibition, which was recently mounted in Monaco, continues today with a tiara-focused look on the history of the jewelry firm. Thanks to lovely reader Royal Warren(t), we're all able to enjoy some of the wonderful pieces shown in the exhibition!

03 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Akishino Tiara

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Crown Princess Kiko of Japan wears the Akishino Tiara and pieces from the coordinating parure for the Spanish state dinner in Tokyo, April 2017; more on her tiaras here!


The Dutch Citrine Brooch

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November babies are blessed with a pair of sunny birthstones: the topaz and the citrine. To kick off the month here at The Court Jeweller, we've got a closer look at one of the loveliest citrine brooches in any royal collection: the Dutch Citrine Brooch.


02 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Butterfly Tiara

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears her diamond butterfly tiara for the National Day Gala, June 2016; the tiara and coordinating earrings, which Stephanie has had for several years, were made by Van Cleef and Arpels


The Norwegian Emerald Parure

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One of the most delightful things about royal jewelry is the extensive history witnessed by the glittering gems. Today, we're discussing a parure that has seen a whole lot over the past two centuries: the grand emerald set now owned by the Norwegian royal family.


01 November 2019

The Daily Diadem: The Vifte Tiara

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears the Vifte Tiara during the birthday celebrations for King Harald V and Queen Sonja, May 2017; more on this heirloom jewel over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: October 25-31


October 25-31, 2019

Royal birthdays and royal receptions were some of the bejeweled highlights of the week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. Queen Letizia of Spain wore the Double Dagger earrings from Gold and Roses on Wednesday for the International Friendship Award at the IESE Business School in Madrid.


31 October 2019

The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Mary's Wedding Tiara

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!