22 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Harcourt Diamond Tiara

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Elizabeth Harcourt, Viscountess Harcourt wears the family's nineteenth-century diamond tiara with her coronet for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, June 1953; the tiara, which was convertible for wear as a necklace, was sold at Sotheby's in 2019


Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 3, Episode 8)



Time for yet another recap of The Crown, Netflix's royal soap. Here's the lowdown on the (disappointing) jewelry and the (mixed-up, as always) history of episode eight, "Dangling Man." (Missed any of our earlier recaps? Catch up here!)


21 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Lotus Flower Tiara

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Mary Elphinstone, Lady Elphinstone wears the Lotus Flower Tiara with her coronet for the coronation of her brother-in-law and sister, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, in Westminster Abbey, May 1937; more on the tiara, which was a loan from her sister, over here!


A Sparkling Summit Reception in London

Looking for our scheduled recap of The Crown? It will be up on the site on Wednesday!

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On Monday evening, we were treated to a little British royal sparkle, thanks to a reception at Buckingham Palace for African heads of state and government.


20 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Bessborough Chaumet Tiara

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Roberte Ponsonby, Countess of Bessborough wears her Chaumet diamond tiara for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953; see a clearer view of the tiara's design here!


The Court Jeweller Book Club: January 2020

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Before January flies away, we've got to take a moment to sit down and chat about what we've all been reading! In this month's installment of The Court Jeweller Book Club, I've got six intriguing books to share with all of you...


19 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Sapphire Parure Tiara for a state banquet in Belgium, June 2006; more on the tiara over here!


Surprise New Year Tiaras in Luxembourg

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Late Thursday, we were treated to a bit of a tiara surprise: the annual new year reception in Luxembourg is now a white-tie gala event!


18 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Button Tiara

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Princess Margriet of the Netherlands wears the Pearl Button Tiara for the annual gala diner for the Diplomatic Corps in Amsterdam, April 2019; more on the tiara here!


The Rosenborg Kokoshnik

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January babies are lucky to have the luscious garnet as their birthstone -- a deep scarlet gem with an intriguing, ruby-like sparkle. Today's tiara, the Rosenborg Kokoshnik, is a rare royal tiara set with the stone.


17 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the tiara from the Mellerio Ruby Parure for the Swedish state banquet in The Hague, April 2009; more on the suite of jewels here!


This Fortnight in Royal Jewels: January 3-16


January 3-16, 2020

From glittering galas to diplomatic receptions, the new year is starting off with a range of royal jewels. Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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30. For a visit to Canada House in London on January 7, the Duchess of Sussex wore a pair of golden swallow earrings by Catherine Zoraida.


16 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara

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Princess Margriet of the Netherlands (pictured with Princess Christina of Sweden) wears the Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara for the opening of the Holland Festival in The Hague, June 1964; more on Margriet's tiara here and Christina's necklace here!


Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 3, Episode 7)



It's time once again for a recap from the latest season of The Crown! Our series has arrived at episode seven, "Moondust," which involves a whole lot of angst about aging and -- sadly -- very little jewelry at all. (Need to catch up on our previous recaps? They're all here!)


15 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands wears Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara during the Yugoslavian state visit to Amsterdam, October 1970; more on the tiara here!


New Year Jewels in the Netherlands

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The royal celebration of the new year has officially reached the Netherlands, where the family gathered for the annual new year reception at the palace in Amsterdam on Tuesday.


14 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara

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Princess Margriet of the Netherlands wears the all-diamond setting of the Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara for a state banquet during a state visit from the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, April 2006; more on the versatile tiara over here!


Treasured Turquoises for Queen Margrethe

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark was busy with diplomatic engagements in Copenhagen on Friday, and she reached into her jewelry box for pieces set with one of her favorite stones: turquoise!


13 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Antique Pearl Tiara

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Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands wears the Antique Pearl Tiara during a state banquet in honor of the President of Turkey in Amsterdam, April 2001; more on the tiara here!


Tiara Troubles: Meghan's Uncertain Royal Jewel Future

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You knew it was coming eventually, magpies. It’s time for a post related to the biggest royal news of the past week: the announcement that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to make changes in their royal roles.


12 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Nine Provinces Tiara

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears the bandeau setting of the Nine Provinces Tiara for a gala dinner at Laeken in honor of the King and Queen of Jordan, May 2016; more on the tiara here!


The Pearl Trefoil Brooch

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Some royal brooches are very event or outfit specific, while others can be worn for a wide range of occasions and with lots of different ensembles. Today's brooch, the Pearl Trefoil, definitely falls into the second category.


11 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Baumer Aigrette

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Princess Charlene of Monaco wears the Baumer Aigrette for the reception following her wedding to Prince Albert II, July 2011; more on the diamond ornament here!


Princess Grace's Diamond Tiara

Grace wears her diamond tiara for a gala performance in Paris, April 1967 (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Today's spotlight sparkler belonged to an American actress who married a prince -- no, not that one! This classic diamond tiara resided in the jewelry box of Princess Grace of Monaco.


10 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Kent City of London Fringe Tiara

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Princess Michael of Kent wears the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara for a state banquet at Windsor Castle in honor of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, February 2000; more on the tiara here!


In Memoriam: Infanta Pilar of Spain

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Looking for our weekly royal jewel roundup? We'll have a super-sized fortnightly version here next Friday. In the meantime, we're devoting our time today to remembering the late Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz. Pilar was the granddaughter, sister, and aunt of Spanish kings, and she had a jewelry collection that was definitely suited for a princess.


09 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: Princess Claire's Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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Princess Claire of Belgium wears her pearl and diamond tiara for the reception following the wedding of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, July 2011; more on the tiara here!


The Duchess of Cambridge's Royal Jewels

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Happy Birthday to the Duchess of Cambridge, who celebrates 38 sparkling years today! We're joining in the festivities with a massive roundup of the royal jewels that Kate has worn since she became part of the royal family almost a decade ago. From rings to tiaras, necklaces, and bracelets, Kate's worn a whole lot of impressive heirloom jewels!


08 January 2020

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 here!


Pascua Militar Pearls for Queen Letizia

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The Spanish royals rang in the new year on Monday with the annual Pascua Militar celebrations in Madrid, and Queen Letizia accessorized with some fantastic family heirloom earrings.


07 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara

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The Countess of Wessex wears her convertible diamond and aquamarine tiara for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; more on the tiara here!


Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 3, Episode 6)



Time for another recap of Netflix's royal soap, The Crown! Today, we've got a look at the history and jewelry presented in episode six, "Tywysog Cymru." (Missed any of my previous recaps? You'll find them all here!)


06 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Bulgarian Fleur-de-Lis Tiara

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Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela wears the Bulgarian Fleur-de-Lis Tiara to marry Simeon II of Bulgaria in Switzerland, January 1962; more on the tiara's history here!


05 January 2020

Hollywood Royalty: Golden Globes Jewels 2020

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On Sunday night, awards season kicked off in Hollywood with the Golden Globes, and the stars of film and television glittered in some seriously incredible pieces for the presentation. Fantastic necklaces, especially those set with diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds, were the trend of the night. Here's a look at some of my favorite jewels from this year's red carpet!


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Diamond Bandeau

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Princess (now Queen) Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Diamond Bandeau for a state banquet at the Presidential Palace in Berlin, April 2011; more on the tiara here!


The Williamson Pink Diamond Brooch

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The Queen's magnificent jewelry collection includes several pieces so incredibly rare that they manage to stand out among the rest of the spectacular glitter. Today's piece, the Williamson Pink Diamond Brooch, includes one of the rarest flawless pink diamonds in the world!


04 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Empire Tiara

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Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte wears the Luxembourg Empire Tiara for a state banquet in Amsterdam, September 1967; more on the grand diadem here!

(Can you name the Dutch royal jewels also shown in this picture???)


Queen Alia's Cartier Tiara

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It's hard to find a more collectively glamorous group of royal women than the ladies of the Jordanian royal family. Today's tiara, the Cartier tiara that belonged to the late Queen Alia, has been worn by three of the country's queens and princesses.


03 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Danish Floral Aigrette

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the Danish Floral Aigrette for a gala dinner at Fredensborg celebrating her 70th birthday, April 2010; more on the fascinating ornament over here!


This Fortnight in Royal Jewels: December 20-January 2


December 20, 2019-January 2, 2020

The holidays have brought us a bounty of bling to enjoy in this jewelry roundup! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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35. On Christmas Day, the Countess of Wessex wore earrings with petite round drops for church near the Sandringham estate. (More here!)


02 January 2020

New Year Tiaras in Tokyo

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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako led the Japanese imperial family in receiving New Year greetings at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday, and as always, the ladies of the family wore their best diamonds.


New Year Jewels in Copenhagen

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The senior Danish royals gathered together on Wednesday evening for the first of the annual New Year's Levees in Copenhagen. The sumptuous event took place at Christian VII's Palace at Amalienborg, and there were some major royal jewels in attendance, too.


01 January 2020

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik

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Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik with additional diamond pieces (can you name them?), ca. 1930s; more on the tiara over here!


Here's to a Sparkling 2020!

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Happy New Year, everyone! 

(And I have to wish a very Happy Blog Birthday to The Court Jeweller, which officially turns six years old today!)