31 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Swan Lake Necklace

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears a diamond and South Sea pearl necklace was made by Garrard to see a performance of Swan Lake by the English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall, June 1997; more on the necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the tiara and jewels from the Norwegian Emerald Parure for a banquet in honor of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's Ruby Jubilee, January 2012; more on the jewels here!


Tournament of Brooches: Week Seven Results!


The results for your Week Seven votes are in!


30 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Japanese Four-Row Pearl Choker

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears the Japanese Four-Row Pearl Choker with the Lover's Knot Tiara for a banquet at Hampton Court Palace in honor of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, November 1982; more on the necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Danish Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the tiara and jewels from the Danish Emerald Parure for a pre-wedding dinner in honor of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, May 2004; more on the important suite of gems over here!


Queen Mary's Tiaras: The Lost and Hidden Gems

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Our celebration of the birthday of Queen Mary continues today with a look at some of her tiaras that have been sold, dismantled, or have just plain faded into history. (If you missed yesterday's look at her currently-worn tiaras, you can find that here!)

29 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Delhi Durbar Emerald Choker Necklace

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears the Delhi Durbar Emerald Choker Necklace for a gala dinner at the Tate Gallery in London, July 1997; more on the emerald suite over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Greek Emerald Parure Tiara

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Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark wears the Greek Emerald Parure for a ball held the night before her wedding to King Constantine II of Greece, September 1964; more on the suite over here!


Queen Mary's Tiaras: The British Royal Collection

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This week, we celebrated the anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest royal jewelry collectors of all time, Queen Mary. To mark her birthday here, I've got a special treat: a two-part series about her tiaras! Today, we're kicking things off with a look at the tiaras from her personal collection that are still being used by the royal family today.


28 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Sultan of Oman Sapphire Necklace

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears the necklace and earrings from the Sultan of Oman Sapphire Suite with the Spencer Tiara for a banquet in Germany, November 1987; Diana received the modern sapphire and diamond jewels from the Sultan during her 1986 tour of the Gulf States


Tournament of Brooches: Queen Mary's Richmond vs Russian Sapphire Cluster


Will it be the Richmond or the Romanov?


Tournament of Brooches: Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake vs Pearl Triangle


This contest matches up yellow diamonds and Canadian sapphires...


27 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Diana's 18th Birthday Necklace

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears a triple-stranded pearl choker necklace with a pearl-studded clasp in London, 1989; the necklace was an eighteenth-birthday gift from members of her family, the Spencers


Tournament of Brooches: Palm Leaf vs Kent Amethyst


This contest matches up diamonds from two famous royal mothers...


Tournament of Brooches: Cambridge Pearl Pendant vs Cullinan VI and VIII


It's a battle of the pendants!


26 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The King Khalid Necklace

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears the King Khalid Necklace at the Barbican Arts Centre in London, March 1982; learn more about the necklace here!


Tournament of Brooches: Queen Mary's Russian vs Jardine Star


Will it be the sugarloaf sapphire or the stunning star?


Tournament of Brooches: Adelaide vs Cullinan V


This one's a showdown between two absolute classics!


25 May 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Diana's Pearl and Sapphire Choker Necklace

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears her pearl choker necklace with the large sapphire and diamond clasp for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, July 1991; more on the necklace here!


Tournament of Brooches: Maple Leaf vs Aquamarine Clips


Two royal classics face off in this contest...


Tournament of Brooches: Williamson Pink Diamond vs Brazilian Aquamarine


Will pink or blue triumph in this morning's contest?


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!