21 February 2020

This Week in Royal Jewels: February 14-20


February 14-20, 2020

Classic jewels were all the rage with the royals this week! Don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. Queen Letizia of Spain wore sleek gold hoops on Friday for a visit to DoƱana National Park in Andalusia. (More here!)


20 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Amethyst Tiara

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Princess Mary, Duchess of York (later Queen Mary of the United Kingdom) wears her amethyst parure in a portrait, 1893; more on the suite of jewels here!


The Queen Wears Amethyst Flowers in London

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The Queen was out and about in London yesterday, wearing very appropriate jewels for February.


19 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Tavistock Amethyst Tiara

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Nicole Russell, Duchess of Bedford wears the family's amethyst parure in a portrait taken at Woburn Abbey, ca. 1970; more on the jewels over here!


Feathers and Gems for Queen Maxima

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King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were out and about in Amsterdam on Tuesday, preparing for a very sparkling upcoming event!


18 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Amethyst Tiara

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears the family's amethyst tiara for a gala performance held on the eve of the Danish royal wedding, May 2004; more on the parure here!


Diamonds, Gold, and Pearls for Queen Letizia

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Diamonds, gold, and pearls were Queen Letizia's jewels of choice for a trio of recent outings in Spain. Here's a look at all the jewels...


17 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: Queen Alexandra's Sapphire Tiara

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Lady Maud Carnegie (later the Countess of Southesk) wears the amethyst setting of Queen Alexandra's Sapphire Tiara as she blows her nose during the 1937 coronation; the tiara, given to Alexandra her brother-in-law, Tsar Alexander III of Russia, was later sold by Maud's descendants


The Kent Amethyst Demi-Parure

The Queen wears the Kent Amethyst Brooch in Aylesford, November 2019 (Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

I may not be a February baby, but I am extremely partial to amethysts. Whether they're deep purple or another shade -- lately I'm quite attracted to the pale green variety -- they're always showstoppers. Today, we're looking at the amethyst set that belongs to the British royal family -- which also happens to be one of the oldest sets of jewelry in their entire collection.


16 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: The East of Paris Tiara

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The East of Paris Tiara, designed by Slim Barrett, is displayed ahead of its sale at Bonhams in London, November 2013; the petite coronet was famously worn by Victoria Beckham on her wedding day in 1999


Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Brooch

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As Valentine weekend draws to a close, today we've got a look at an appropriately named royal jewel: Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Brooch.


15 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: Gigi Hadid's Dolce Rose Tiara

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Gigi Hadid wears a golden rose tiara as she walks in the Dolce and Gabbana show during Milan Fashion Week, March 2015


Queen Alexandrine's Russian Sapphire Tiara on Display

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Good news, tiara fans: we've got another chance to get a glimpse of a classic Danish royal sparkler! Queen Alexandrine's Russian Sapphire Tiara has gone on public display in Copenhagen.


14 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: Sabina Gadecki's Gold Tiara

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Sabina Gadecki wears a golden tiara for the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, November 2019


This Week in Royal Jewels: February 7-13


February 7-13, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Hope you find something to love in this week's royal jewel review ... and don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. Queen Letizia of Spain wore diamond climber earrings for the announcement of the scientific research award winner of the Princess of Girona Awards in Valencia on Wednesday.


13 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: Golden Vesna Milosevic Tiara

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A model wears a golden tiara at a show featuring the work of designer Vesna Milosevic during Serbian Fashion Week in New York, September 2016


Romantic Danish Royal Jewels

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Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to highlight a rather romantic collection of royal jewels. The late Prince Henrik of Denmark loved to lavish inventive modern jewels on his wife, Queen Margrethe II. Here's a look at some of the interesting pieces he gave her during their five decades of marriage.


12 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: Ly Nha Ky's Cannes Tiara

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Vietnamese actress Ly Nha Ky wears a colorful tiara for the premiere of the movie Elle at the Cannes Film Festival in France, May 2016


New Bejeweled Spanish Royal Portraits

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Casa Real released a series of new official portraits of the Spanish royal family this week, including images featuring a whole lot of sparkle.


11 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: ATC Fashion Lunch Tiara

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A model wears a gold tiara with an Alexander McQueen dress at the Australian Turf Club's Autumn Fashion Lunch in Sydney, April 2019

Would you wear a golden tiara???


Catching Up with Jazmin's Jewels

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Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, eldest child of Prince Albert II of Monaco, has been out and about quite a bit in interesting jewelry lately. Here's a look at some of her most recent bejeweled appearances...


10 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: Joanna Newsom's Wedding Tiara

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Joanna Newsom wears a tiara made of gold, fire opals, black opals, and diamonds to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, February 2020; the tiara was made by Irene Neuwirth for Newsom's wedding in 2013, and the pearl and turquoise necklace is also a Neuwirth piece


09 February 2020

Hollywood Royalty: Jewels of the 2020 Oscars

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On Sunday evening, the world celebrated the best films of the year at the annual Academy Awards. Here's an (alphabetical!) look at some of the most interesting jewels and jewelry-wearers of the night!

The Daily Diadem: The Cambridge Sapphire Tiara

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The Duchess of Kent wears the Cambridge Sapphire Tiara during the Japanese state visit to the United Kingdom, October 1971; learn more about the tiara here!

Which other royals/tiaras do you spot in this picture?


Queen Sophie's Strawberry Leaf Brooch

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The Dutch royal jewel collection is one of the very best in Europe, stocked with both antique and modern pieces. Today's jewel, Queen Sophie's Strawberry Leaf Brooch, is one of the heirloom jewels in their royal vault.


08 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Citrine and Pearl Bandeau

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the tiara, necklace, and earrings from the family's citrine and pearl parure for the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013; more on the bandeau over here!


Queen Paola's Diamond Necklace Tiara

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Queen Paola of Belgium's jewelry box has always been on the petite side. As the wife of a younger son, the jewelry she received at the beginning of her marriage was more modest -- and it actually remained that way throughout her life as a princess and as a queen. Today, we're talking about one of the lovely small diamond pieces that she owns: a diamond necklace that can also be worn as a tiara.


07 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Emerald Peacock Necklace Tiara

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Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria wears the Emerald Peacock Necklace Tiara for a pre-wedding gala in honor of her nephew, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, October 2012; more on the tiara over here!


This Week in Royal Jewels: January 31-February 6


January 31-February 6, 2020

We've got an interesting range of royal jewels in this week's review -- don't forget to vote for your favorites in the poll below!


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15. Queen Letizia of Spain wore her gold bamboo hoop earrings for a forum on the economic and social impacts of cancer in Madrid on Tuesday.


06 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara

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Princess Marie of Denmark wears Princess Dagmar's Floral Tiara for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden in Stockholm, June 2015; more on the tiara's history here!


The Flame Lily Brooch

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Today marks the 68th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. It seems like a particularly appropriate time to take a closer look at one of the jewels associated with that moment: the Flame Lily Brooch.


05 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Midnight Tiara

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears the Midnight Tiara for the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden, June 2013; read more about the tiara over here!


Jewels on Film: THE CROWN (Season 3, Episode 10)



It's time for our final recap of The Crown for the season! Today, we've got a deep dive on the jewels and history shown in the final episode of season three, "Cri de Coeur." (Missed any of my previous recaps? You can find them all here!)


04 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Aquamarine Bandeau

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Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg wears the family's aquamarine bandeau for the National Day gala, June 2018; more on the tiara over here!


Book Review: DIAMOND JEWELRY (2019)

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Longtime readers here will know that I'm a big collector of royal jewelry books, and today I've got a sneak peek at one of the latest additions to my royal jewelry library! Here's a look at Diana Scarisbrick's newest book, Diamond Jewelry: 700 Years of Glory and Glamour.


03 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Gold Bandeau

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Princess Astrid of Norway wears Queen Sofia's Gold Bandeau with its matching earrings, brooch, and bracelet in a portrait taken to celebrate her 25th birthday, February 1957; the parure, which Astrid still owns today, originally belonged to Princess Pauline of Wurttemberg, mother of Queen Sofia of Sweden


Kate Brings Some Magic to the BAFTAs

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out on Sunday evening to attend the BAFTA ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and Kate gleamed in brand-new jewels for the occasion.


02 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Connaught Diamond Tiara

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Princess Sibylla of Sweden wears the Connaught Diamond Tiara with her sapphire necklace in a formal court portrait, ca. 1947; more on the tiara here and the necklace here!


The Queen's Amethyst Floral Brooches

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The Queen's collection of amethyst jewels is much smaller than her collections of many other gemstones, but the pieces she does have are particularly lovely and interesting. Today, we're looking at a pair of brooches that go together: her Amethyst Floral Brooches.


01 February 2020

The Daily Diadem: Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna's Fringe Tiara

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Queen Maria of Yugoslavia wears Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna's Fringe Tiara in a formal portrait; learn all about the tiara's history here!


Crown Princess Victoria and the Amethyst Parure

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It's the first of February, which means that Amethyst Season has officially arrived! Our celebration of this month's birthstone begins with a look at the way Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has worn pieces from the family's glorious Napoleonic Amethyst Parure.