15 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace

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The Countess of Wessex wears the necklace setting of the Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara for the ChildLine and Mission Enfance Royal gala dinner at Banqueting House, March 2006; more on the necklace over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Danish Emerald vs Nuits Claires


Will it be the family heirloom or the modern tiara?


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Dagmar's Floral vs Turquoise Daisy


This contest is a floral tiara match-up!


14 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The King Faisal Necklace

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The Countess of Wessex wears the King Faisal Necklace (and the Aquamarine Ribbon Tiara) for the pre-wedding gala in honor of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg, October 2012; more on the necklace over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Alexandrine Diamond Drop vs Thyra's Sapphire


This contest pairs up glittering diamonds with superb sapphires...


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Danish Rubies vs Golden Poppies


Will it be the rubies or the poppies???


13 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Sophie's Diamonds Are Forever Necklace

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The Countess of Wessex wears a simple necklace and fringe earrings for the Duke of Edinburgh Award's Diamonds Are Forever Gala at Stoke Park, June 2016; Anna identified the necklace as a Heavenly Necklaces piece


The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Halo Tiara

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Cartier Halo Tiara on her wedding day at Westminster Abbey, April 2011; more on the tiara's history over here!


The Scandinavian Sparkler Spectacular!

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12 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Princess Grace's Wedding Gift Pearls

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears the earrings and necklace from her wedding gift pearl suite to distribute Christmas gifts in Monaco, December 1976; read all about the pearls here!


The Daily Diadem: The Mikasa Pearl Drop Tiara

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Princess Takamado wears the Mikasa Pearl Drop Tiara for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; more on the tiara's history here!


Tournament of Brooches: And the Winner Is...


We've got a winner in our first-ever Tournament of Brooches!

11 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Princess Grace's Van Cleef and Arpels Rubies

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears a suite of ruby and diamond jewels (necklace, earrings, and tiara) from Van Cleef and Arpels for a gala supporting the renovation of Versailles, November 1973; more on the (likely borrowed) rubies here!


The Daily Diadem: The Nassau Floral Tiara

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Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria wears the Nassau Floral Tiara for her wedding to Count Rodolphe of Limburg-Stirum in Mechelen, December 2008; another view of the tiara here!


The Nocturnal Creatures Tiara

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden treated us to a festival of heirloom jewels in her recent tenth anniversary portraits -- and the debut of a very modern bejeweled headpiece! Here's a closer look at the Nocturnal Creatures Tiara.


10 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Princess Grace's Cartier Coffee Bean Necklace

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears the necklace and earrings from her Cartier Coffee Bean Suite during a bullfight in Seville, April 1966; more on the set over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Cubitt Tiara

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The Duchess of Cornwall wears the Cubitt Tiara for the Royal Academy Annual Dinner in London, June 2015; more on the tiara here!


Tournament of Brooches: The Championship!


The votes are in for our Final Fabulous Four round of the Tournament of Brooches! I've got the results -- and now you get to vote to crown a champion!


09 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Bains de Mer Necklace

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears the necklace setting of the Bains de Mer Tiara as she attends a performance of Flower Drum Song in New York, December 1958; more on the convertible tiara here!


The Daily Diadem: The Baden Fringe Tiara

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the Baden Fringe Tiara and the Processional Jewels for the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, December 2005; more on the tiara here and the necklace here!


Jewels in Motion: The Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian

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One of the most fascinating gems in the world, the Hope Diamond, has been on display at the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C., for more than half a century. Today, we've got a look at the diamond in the museum's exhibition, including two of its most famous settings -- in motion!

08 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Princess Grace's Festoon Necklace

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Princess Grace of Monaco wears her diamond festoon necklace with the Bains de Mer Tiara for dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, October 1959; more on the necklace here and the tiara here!


The Daily Diadem: Princess Sibilla's Art Deco Tiara

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Countess Diane de Nassau wears the small setting of Princess Sibilla's Art Deco Tiara for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume's pre-wedding ball in Luxembourg, October 2012; more on the tiara here!


Tournament of Brooches: Cullinan V vs Russian Sapphire Cluster


Will it be the dazzling diamond or the spectacular sapphire?


07 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Grace Kelly's Cannes Pearls

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Grace Kelly (later Princess of Monaco) wears a classic single strand of pearls for a reception held during the Cannes Film Festival, May 1955; only a few days earlier, she had met her future husband, Prince Rainier, during a Paris Match photo shoot


The Daily Diadem: Princess Alexia's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark wears her diamond tiara during the 70th birthday celebrations for her aunt, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, April 2010; more on the tiara here!


Tournament of Brooches: Cullinan III and IV vs Crown Ruby


This one's a battle of the bejeweled heavyweights...


06 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Grace Kelly's To Catch a Thief Necklace

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Grace Kelly (later Princess of Monaco) wears a costume bib necklace during the filming of To Catch a Thief, 1954; the necklace was rented by the production for filming, at a total cost of $75, and returned to the rental company after the production wrapped


The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the replica of Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara with additional pearl jewels (including the Drapers' Company Brooch) for the Austrian state banquet in Oslo, April 2007; more on the tiara here and the brooch over here!


Tournament of Brooches: Elegant Eight Results!


The results for our Elegant Eight round of the Tournament of Brooches are in!

05 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Cartier La Peregrina Necklace

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor wears the diamond, ruby, and pearl necklace setting she designed with Cartier's Al Durante to showcase La Peregrina (one of the most important royal heirloom pearls in the world!) for a screening of Giant as part of the Cinema Against AIDS Benefit during the 56th International Cannes Film Festival, May 2003; the necklace (including La Peregrina) sold at auction in December 2011 for $11.8 million


The Daily Diadem: The Nine Provinces Tiara

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Queen Fabiola of Belgium wears the Nine Provinces Tiara during her religious wedding to King Baudouin, December 1960; more on the tiara over here!


Princess Amelia's Topaz Parure

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An intriguing set of topazes with a fascinating royal backstory will be hitting the auction block later this month! Here's what we know about the topaz parure that belonged to Princess Amelia, daughter of King George III.


04 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The House of Taylor Frost Necklace

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor wears the diamond and cultured pearl bib necklace from her own House of Taylor "Frost" collection for 75th birthday party at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, February 2007; the necklace and its accompanying bracelet and earrings sold at auction in December 2011 for $782,500


The Daily Diadem: The Greville Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wears the Greville Tiara (with the Greville Pear Drop Earrings and Queen Alexandra's Wedding Necklace) as she helps cut a cake in London, November 1960; more on the tiara over here!


Jacqueline Kennedy's Diamond Waterfall Earrings

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Happy Independence Day to my fellow American magpies! To celebrate the national holiday, I've got some classic American jewelry for you to enjoy: the diamond waterfall earrings worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.


03 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Elizabeth Taylor's Mouawad Sapphire Necklace

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor wears the necklace and accompanying earrings from her Mouawad Sapphire Suite for a benefit fashion show for AIDS/HIV research in Santa Monica, September 2000; the necklace and earrings sold at auction in December 2011 for $386,500


The Daily Diadem: Queen Sirikit's Ruby Floral Bandeau

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Queen Sirikit of Thailand wears her Ruby Floral Bandeau during a banquet in Belgium, October 1960; more on the tiara over here!


Tournament of Brooches: Kent Amethyst vs Russian Sapphire Cluster


Our final contest of this round features a pair of gorgeous colorful gems...


02 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Reine Marguerite Necklace

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor wears the necklace from the Reine Marguerite set by Van Cleef and Arpels, featuring daisies of gold, white diamonds, yellow diamonds, and chrysoprase, in 1993; the necklace and accompanying earrings and brooch sold at auction in December 2011 for $746,500


The Daily Diadem: The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara to attend the Royal Variety Performance in London, May 1960; more on the tiara here!


Tournament of Brooches: Williamson Pink Diamond vs Cullinan V


Famous diamonds face off in this brooch contest...


01 July 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Clonbrock Diamond Necklace

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor wears a diamond necklace, made in 1806 by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell for Anastasia, Lady Clonbrock, for the Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in Los Angeles, February 2005; the necklace sold at auction in December 2011 for $2.65 million


The Daily Diadem: The Poltimore Tiara

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Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom wears the Poltimore Tiara to greet the crowds after her wedding to Antony Armstrong-Jones in London, May 1960; more on the tiara here!


Tournament of Brooches: Albert vs Crown Ruby


This one's a battle of Prince Albert's colorful clusters...