24 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Alexandrine's Diamond Sautoir Necklace

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece wears her portion of Queen Alexandrine's Diamond Sautoir Necklace for a gala dinner before the wedding of her nephew, the future King Felipe VI of Spain, May 2004; more on the necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Diamond Loop Tiara

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears the Cartier Diamond Loop Tiara with the diamond earrings from the joyas de pasar collection for a gala dinner in Madrid in honor of the President of China, November 2018; more on the tiara over here!


Tournament of Brooches: Week Six Results!


The results of this week's brooch votes are in!

23 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Princess Sofia's Star and Pearl Necklace

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Princess Sofia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (now Duchess of Calabria) wears a pearl necklace with a diamond star clasp for the gala dinner held the night before the Spanish royal wedding, May 2004


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

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Pearl and Diamond Tiara with the earrings from the joyas de pasar collection for a gala dinner in Madrid in honor of the President of Portugal, April 2018; more on the tiara over here!


Luxembourg's Sparkling Bandeau Collection

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The little grand duchy of Luxembourg has a tiara collection to rival most other royal families in Europe. Today we're looking an interesting subsection of their sparklers: their collection of mid-century bandeaux.


22 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Savoy Pearl and Emerald Choker Necklace

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Marina of Savoy wears a pearl choker necklace with a diamond and emerald clasp for a gala dinner held the night before the Spanish royal wedding, May 2004; the diamond and emerald clasp was originally part of a suite of emerald jewels that belonged to Queen Margherita of Italy


The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Floral Tiara

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears the Spanish Floral Tiara and her diamond wedding earrings for a gala dinner in Madrid in honor of the President of Peru, July 2015; more on the tiara here!


Royal Faberge Egg Heads for Auction

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Fabergé lovers rejoice: a royal Easter egg pendant has resurfaced, and it will be sold at auction in June! Here are all the details on this unusual nautical egg.


21 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Sonja's Modern Gold Necklace

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the gold, diamond, and green tourmaline necklace from her suite of modern gold jewelry for a dinner held the night before the Spanish royal wedding, May 2004; see a closer view of the necklace here!


Tournament of Brooches: Graving Dock Diamond vs Crown Ruby


Will it be dazzling diamonds or radiant rubies?


Tournament of Brooches: London Lily vs Scallop-Shell


Two jewels inspired by nature are matched up in this contest...


20 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Niarchos Ruby Necklace

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Queen Sofia of Spain (with Nelson Mandela) wears the earrings and necklace from the Niarchos Ruby Suite for a dinner held the night before the wedding of her son, Felipe, May 2004; more on the suite of rubies over here!


Tournament of Brooches: Queen Victoria's Diamond Fringe vs Queen Alexandra's Wedding


This contest pairs up two spectacular nineteenth-century royal jewels...


Tournament of Brooches: Albert vs Australian Hibiscus


A Victorian sentimental treasure faces off against an Australian floral gift...


19 May 2020

18 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Countess of Barcelona's Sapphire and Pearl Necklace

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Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (now Queen Letizia of Spain) wears a diamond, sapphire, and pearl necklace and coordinating earrings that belonged to the late Countess of Barcelona for a dinner held the night before her wedding to the Prince of Asturias, May 2004; more on the set over here!


Tournament of Brooches: Australian Wattle vs Cambridge Emerald Cluster


An Aussie gift faces off against an emerald heirloom in this contest!


Tournament of Brooches: Cullinan III and IV vs Lover's Knot


Our first contest of round two begins right now!


17 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Danish Ruby Parure Necklace

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the Danish Ruby Parure Necklace without its festoon sections for the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito of Japan in Tokyo, October 2019; more on the necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: Princess Anne's Festoon Tiara

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Autumn Kelly wears Princess Anne's Festoon Tiara for her wedding to Peter Phillips at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, May 2008; more on the tiara over here!


Tournament of Brooches: Week Five Results!


The results are in for last week's brooch contests!


16 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Crown Princess Mary's Moonlight Grape Necklace

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Crown Princess Mary wears the Moonlight Grape Necklace and its coordinating earrings for a dinner at Hamburg City Hall, February 2006; the silver suite of jewelry was made by Georg Jensen


The Daily Diadem: Princess Andrew's Meander Bandeau

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Zara Phillips wears Princess Andrew's Meander Bandeau for her wedding to Mike Tindall in Edinburgh, July 2011; more on the tiara over here!


The Florentine Diamond

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Some famous diamonds are set in pieces of jewelry, while others reside in museums. And then there are the really fascinating gems that have been stolen, lost, or otherwise disappeared into the mists of time. Today's gem, the Florentine Diamond, belongs to that roster of gone-but-not-forgotten stones.


15 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Crown Princess Mary's Pearls

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears a necklace of large round pearls for the annual New Year's reception for the diplomatic corps at Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen, January 2020; the necklace has been a staple piece in her jewelry wardrobe for more than a decade


The Daily Diadem: The Snowdon Floral Tiara

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Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones wears the Snowdon Floral Tiara for her wedding to Daniel Chatto in London, July 1994; more on the tiara here!


A Look at One of My Vintage Brooches

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We've been spending a lot of time on the blog lately chatting about royal brooches, and today, I decided to feature a brooch from my own decidedly non-royal collection!


14 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Crown Princess Mary's Edwardian Tiara Necklace

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the necklace setting of her Edwardian Tiara for a birthday concert for Queen Margrethe II in Aarhus, April 2015; more on the convertible jewel over here!


Tournament of Brooches: Russian Sapphire Cluster vs Golden Trellis


A Romanov jewel faces off against a royal wedding present in this match-up...


Tournament of Brooches: Queen Mary's Richmond vs Queen Mary's Turquoise


This match-up is a contest between two of Queen Mary's wedding gifts...


13 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Crown Princess Mary's Lynggaard Morganite Necklace

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears a necklace and earrings set with diamonds and pale pink morganites for a pre-wedding gala in honor of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, June 2010; the set was made by Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen


Tournament of Brooches: Flame Lily vs Pearl Triangle


Will it be the delicate flower or the modern pearl piece?


Tournament of Brooches: Victoria's Diamond Jubilee vs Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake


This morning's contest pairs up two brooches made to celebrate royal jubilees...


12 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Crown Princess Mary's Black and White Pearl Necklace

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Mary Elizabeth Donaldson wears a black and white pearl necklace for the official dinner following her engagement to Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, October 2003; more on the pearls here!


Tournament of Brooches: Kent Amethyst vs Golden Dahlia


Will it be the heirloom amethyst or the modern flower?


Tournament of Brooches: Palm Leaf vs Greville Scroll


Two brooches from the Queen Mum's collection face off in this contest!


11 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Crown Princess Mary's Aquamarine and Pearl Choker Necklace

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears her aquamarine, diamond, sapphire, and pearl choker necklace for a gala dinner celebrating the 60th birthday of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, April 2006; more on the aquamarines over here!


Tournament of Brooches: Cullinan VI and VIII vs Sapphire Chrysanthemum


We've got a Cullinan and Chrysanthemum face-off in this afternoon's post!


Tournament of Brooches: Cambridge Pearl Pendant vs Greville Ivy Leaf Clips


A classic royal heirloom faces off against 20th century clips in this contest...


10 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Modern Fringe Necklace

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the Modern Fringe Tiara in its necklace form (and the Leuchtenberg Pearl and Ruby Brooch in her hair) for the American-Scandinavian Foundation's Centennial Ball in New York, October 2011; more on the tiara here and the brooch over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Tiara

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears the Prussian Tiara on her wedding day in Madrid, May 2004; more on the classic heirloom tiara over here!


Tournament of Brooches: Week Four Results!


The votes have been tallied in our latest brooch tournament contests...

09 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Processional Jewels

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the sapphire, diamond, pearl, and gold necklace that the family calls the "Processional Jewels" for a dinner at the presidential palace in Warsaw, May 2011; more on the heirloom necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Cameo Tiara

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Princess Birgitta of Sweden wears the Cameo Tiara for her civil wedding to Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern in Stockholm, May 1961; more on the tiara over here!


Princess Margaret of Connaught's Tiaras

Princess Margaret of Connaught wears the Khedive of Egypt Tiara

This month marks the 100th anniversary of a tragic royal event: the death of Princess Margaret of Connaught. Margaret was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the future King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. In May 1920, she died following surgery at the age of 38. When he announced her death, Sweden's prime minister declared that "the ray of sunshine at Stockholm Palace has gone out." To remember Margaret's too-brief life, today we've got a look at some of the remarkable tiaras she wore during her time as Crown Princess of Sweden.

08 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Bernadotte Emerald Necklace

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the Bernadotte Emeralds with Queen Sofia's Tiara and the Vasa Earrings for the Nobel Prize Banquet in Stockholm, December 2018; more on the jewelry look here!