05 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Marie Feodorovna's Sapphire Necklace

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Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia wears an elaborate diamond and sapphire festoon necklace, as well as additional jewels from a coordinating parure, in a portrait by Konstantin Makovsky, ca. late nineteenth century; the necklace, which includes a sapphire that measured a whopping 159 carats, was confiscated after the revolution and later disappeared


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Floral Birthday vs Bettina's Cufflink


Both of these tiaras cleverly repurpose other pieces of heirloom jewelry!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Marianne's Diamond vs Pearl Circle


Diamonds and pearls are matched up in this contest...


04 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Maria Pavlovna's Pearl Drop Necklace

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Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia wears a diamond and pearl drop necklace (with the Vladimir Tiara) in a formal portrait, ca. 1900; the necklace, which she sometimes wore as a tiara on a velvet kokoshnik backing, was sold at auction after her death


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Antique Corsage vs Swedish Malachite


This contest pairs up two very intriguing antique tiaras!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Alexandrine Sapphire vs Wisborg Amethyst


Will it be the sapphires or the amethysts?


03 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Marie Feodorovna's Diamond Wave Necklace

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Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia wears her diamond and pearl wave necklace (with her diamond fringe tiara, two pearl necklaces, and the necklace's coordinating brooch) in a portrait by Ivan Kramskoi, ca. 1881; the necklace and brooch were part of a parure (possibly made by Cartier) that was confiscated by the Soviets after the revolution and subsequently disappeared


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Rosenborg Kokoshnik vs Boucheron Circle


This match-up features two unusual pearly tiaras...


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Khedive vs Gunnila's Aigrette


The first contest of our wild card round tips off now!


02 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Gloucester Sapphire and Gold Necklace

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears a gold necklace set with sapphire, ruby, and diamond charm-like elements, as well as a coordinating brooch, for a garden party at Buckingham Palace, May 2016; the necklace is a rearranged version of a more solid gold choker necklace from Birgitte's collection


The Daily Diadem: The Antique Pearl Tiara

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Princess Irene of the Netherlands wears the Antique Pearl Tiara at a dinner held the night before her sister's abdication and her nephew's inauguration in Amsterdam, April 2013; more on the tiara here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Week Three Results!


We've got all the results from our week of Swedish tiara contests!


01 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Gloucester Pearl and Emerald Pendant Necklace

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears the Pearl and Emerald Pendant Necklace for a gala held the night before the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, April 2011; more on the necklace here!


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

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Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson wears Queen Sofia's Pearl and Diamond Tiara for the Nobel Prize Banquet in Stockholm, December 2011; the tiara was later stolen and never recovered


The Crystal Orchid Brooch

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The Queen's brooch collection is packed with jewels that feature floral designs and motifs. Among that group, today's brooch, the Crystal Orchid Brooch, manages to stand out thanks to its delicate materials.

31 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Gloucester Pink Topaz Necklace

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears a pink topaz and diamond necklace (with Queen Mary's Honeysuckle Tiara) for a banquet at the Guildhall in honor of the President of India, October 2009; the pink topaz element was originally a brooch that belonged to Queen Mary and was placed in a necklace setting by Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester


The Daily Diadem: Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau

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Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein wears Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau for her wedding to Prince Amedeo of Belgium, July 2014; more on the tiara over here!


The Royal Jewels of July

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Time for another roundup of the royal jewels worn during the last month! Here's a look at the royal jewels of July.

30 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Duchess of Gloucester's Black Pearl Necklace

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears a single strand of silvery black pearls with a diamond enhancer for a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2018; the pendant, a diamond and enamel lozenge, features Queen Victoria's imperial monogram


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Aquamarine Kokoshnik vs Sofia's Palmette


It's time for our final tiara contest of the week!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Queen Sofia vs Laurel Wreath


This contest matches up two unusual diamond sparklers!


29 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Gloucester Diamond Pendant Necklace

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears a necklace featuring a large diamond pendant and a trio of diamond drops for a charity gala at the Palace of Versailles, December 2004; the necklace and brooch/pendant were part of a suite of pearl and diamond jewelry given by King George V and Queen Mary to Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Braganza vs Modern Fringe


Versatility faces off against sheer size in this tiara match-up...


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Napoleonic Cut Steel vs Six Button


This contest features two tiaras with links to the Napoleonic era...


28 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Gloucester Eleven-Row Pearl Choker

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears the Eleven-Row Pearl Choker (with the Iveagh Tiara) for a banquet at the Guildhall in honor of the President of China, October 1999; the necklace was bequeathed by Queen Mary to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, and was worn occasionally by his wife, Princess Alice, who passed it to the present Duchess


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Cameo vs Four Button


Two unusual royal heirlooms face off in this match-up!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Connaught Diamond vs Edward Ruby


This one's a Connaught wedding gift contest!


27 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Gloucester Emerald Festoon Necklace

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears the Gloucester Emerald Festoon Necklace (plus the emerald setting of Queen Mary's Honeysuckle Tiara) for a banquet in honor of the President of South Africa, March 2010; the necklace originally belonged to her mother-in-law, Princess Alice

Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Baden Fringe vs Napoleonic Amethyst


Will it be dazzling diamonds or amazing amethysts?


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Leuchtenberg Sapphire vs Aquamarine Bandeau


Our first Swedish tiara match-up features brilliant blue gemstones!


26 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Coronation Necklace

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Coronation Necklace and Earrings (as well as the Imperial State Crown) during the State Opening of Parliament, November 2009; more on the incredible diamonds over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Nine Provinces Tiara

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears the bandeau base of the Nine Provinces Tiara with Queen Fabiola's Pearl Drop Earrings and Diamond Fringe Brooch for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; more on the tiara here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Week Two Results!


We've got all the results from our Norwegian tiara bracket!

25 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The City of London Fringe Necklace

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the City of London Fringe Necklace with Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik and diamond girandole earrings for a banquet in Kingston, Jamaica, February 2002; more on the necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Wolfers Tiara

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears the Wolfers Tiara with Queen Fabiola's Pearl Drop Earrings and the Brabant Laurel Wreath Necklace for an official dinner at the presidential palace in Warsaw, October 2015; more on the tiara over here!


Princess Raiyah's Wedding Tiara

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Princess Beatrice wasn't the only royal who celebrated a quiet, private wedding in July! Princess Raiyah of Jordan married her sweetheart this month, and she wore a piece of suitably regal jewelry for the occasion.

24 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Jordanian Turquoise Necklace

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Jordanian Turquoise Necklace and its coordinating earrings for the Berlin Tattoo at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin during her state visit to Germany, October 1992; more on the turquoise demi-parure over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians (then Duchess of Brabant) wears the Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara with Queen Fabiola's Diamond Fringe Brooch and her own diamond fringe earrings for a pre-abdication dinner in the Netherlands, April 2013; more on the tiara over here!


National Day Jewels in Belgium

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This week, the Belgian royal family celebrated the country's National Day -- and wore some interesting pieces of jewelry along the way!


23 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Baring Ruby Necklace

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Baring Ruby Necklace (with the Burmese Ruby Tiara and the Dorset Bow Brooch) for a banquet at Buckingham Palace in honor of the President of South Korea, December 2004; learn more about the necklace over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Norwegian Emerald vs Diamond Aigrette


Antique emeralds face off against diamond wings in our final contest of the week!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Vifte vs Olav's Gift


This contest features a pair of petite tiaras!


22 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Delhi Durbar Necklace

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the necklace and earrings from the Delhi Durbar Parure with the Vladimir Tiara for a gala during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, November 2015; more on the jewels over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Alexandra Turquoise vs Modern Gold


Will it be the royal heirloom or the modern sparkler?


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Vasa vs Maltese Cross


This contest pairs up two tiaras full of symbolism...


21 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Greville Ruby Necklace

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Greville Ruby Necklace (with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara and Queen Mary's Ruby Cluster Earrings) for the Queen's Dinner during the annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, April 2018; more on the necklace here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Maud's Pearl vs Sofia's Gold Bandeau


Two family heirlooms face off in this contest!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Maud's Diamond vs Martha's Bandeau


This one's a battle of the brilliants!


20 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The King Khalid Necklace

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the King Khalid Necklace for a reception at Windsor Castle in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan, March 2018; more on the necklace over here!