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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!


The Best Royal Books of 2019



For our December book club post here at The Court Jeweller, I thought I'd highlight some of my very favorite royal books that were published (in the US) this year -- just in case you hadn't decided what to ask Santa to put under your tree just yet!

The Daily Diadem: The Wolfers Tiara

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears the Wolfers Tiara for a banquet during the Australian visit to Brussels, June 2018; more on the tiara here!


The Swedish Diamond Arrow Brooch

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The Bernadotte jewel collection is one of the most fantastic in all of Europe, with heirloom pieces dating back centuries. Today, we're looking at one of my favorites of their brooches: their lovely diamond arrow ornament.


The Daily Diadem: The Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears the Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara for a state dinner in honor of the President of Poland, October 2004; more on the tiara over here!


The Bonaparte Olive Wreath Tiara

Princess Marie Bonaparte and her daughter, Princess Eugenie of Greece, 1953 (Photo 12/Alamy)

What do you get when you combine a classic tiara design, a renowned jeweler, and one of the most fascinating princesses of the twentieth century? The answer, of course, is today's tiara: the olive wreath diadem created by Cartier for Princess Marie Bonaparte.


The Daily Diadem: Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau

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Queen Paola of Belgium wears Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau at the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; more on the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: November 28-December 5


Before we get to the royal jewelry review this week, I've got a small request. On Thanksgiving, my family said farewell to my beloved grandfather, who lived for years with Alzheimer's disease. On the day of my grandfather's funeral, the world also lost royal biographer Robert K. Massie, whose work we've discussed here recently, and who also passed away after suffering from Alzheimer's.

Today is my birthday, and I'd like to ask you for a present. Please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association, which cares for families, provides education initiatives, and supports research to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure Alzheimer's disease. I've heard from so many of you already with stories about saying the long goodbye to your own loved ones. In honor of my grandfather, as well as Robert Massie and everyone who has been touched by Alzheimer's, please consider joining me in contributing. I've set up a tribute page for donations here. 

Thank you all so much.
--Lauren



November 28-December 5, 2019

'Tis the season for diplomacy, holiday celebrations, and all the jewels that come with them. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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25. On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge wore sleek hoops to help children pick out Christmas trees during an event with one of her new patronages, Family Action.


The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara

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Queen Fabiola of Belgium wears the Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara for a gala at the Royal Palace in Brussels, January 1963; more on the tiara over here!


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



We've got another look at the jewels and the history behind The Crown today, covering episode three, the tragic and touching "Aberfan." (Catch up on our previous recaps here!)


The Daily Diadem: Queen Astrid's Emerald Necklace Tiara



Queen Astrid of Belgium wears her convertible diamond and emerald tiara in a portrait, ca. 1920s; you can see another view of this convertible necklace, current status sadly unknown, over here!


Jewels in Motion: Philippe and Mathilde's Royal Wedding (1999)

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Twenty years ago today, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians tied the knot in Brussels. Today, we've got a look back at the wedding day -- and the wedding jewels!


The Daily Diadem: The Stockholm Pearl Tiara

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Queen Astrid of Belgium (with her brother-in-law, Prince Charles) wears the Stockholm Pearl Tiara for a private audience with Pope Pius XI at the Vatican, January 1930; the diamond and pearl tiara, made by Andersson, was Astrid's wedding gift from the people of Stockholm, and its current whereabouts are not known


Queen Mathilde's Engagement Ring

Philippe and Mathilde announce their royal engagement, September 1999 (HERWIG VERGULT/AFP via Getty Images)

Twenty years ago, the royal watchers of the world were preparing for the wedding of a future monarch. Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant (and heir to the Belgian throne) proposed to Mathilde d'Udekem d'Acoz in September 1999, and today, we're starting our coverage of their milestone anniversary with a look at their engagement announcement -- and her engagement ring!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Elisabeth's Cartier Bandeau

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Queen Elisabeth of Belgium wears her diamond bandeau from Cartier for an official portrait, ca. 1920s; more on the tiara over here!


Royal Jewel Rewind: Nobel Prize Jewels 2014

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If you're a royal jewelry lover, December only really means one thing: it's Nobel Prize season! The awards will be distributed this year, as always, on December 10 in both Stockholm and Oslo. Today, we've got a look back at the glittering jewels worn for the Swedish ceremony five years ago.


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

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara with additional pieces from the joyas de pasar collection for the final state banquet of her husband's reign, June 2014; read more about the joyas here!


The Diamond Clematis Brooch

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Some of the Queen's jewels are relics of their time, while other pieces are true classics. Today's jewel, the Diamond Clematis Brooch, definitely falls into the latter category.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!)


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!


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.