05 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Marie Feodorovna's Sapphire Necklace

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Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia wears an elaborate diamond and sapphire festoon necklace, as well as additional jewels from a coordinating parure, in a portrait by Konstantin Makovsky, ca. late nineteenth century; the necklace, which includes a sapphire that measured a whopping 159 carats, was confiscated after the revolution and later disappeared


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Floral Birthday vs Bettina's Cufflink


Both of these tiaras cleverly repurpose other pieces of heirloom jewelry!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Marianne's Diamond vs Pearl Circle


Diamonds and pearls are matched up in this contest...


04 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Maria Pavlovna's Pearl Drop Necklace

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Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia wears a diamond and pearl drop necklace (with the Vladimir Tiara) in a formal portrait, ca. 1900; the necklace, which she sometimes wore as a tiara on a velvet kokoshnik backing, was sold at auction after her death


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Antique Corsage vs Swedish Malachite


This contest pairs up two very intriguing antique tiaras!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Alexandrine Sapphire vs Wisborg Amethyst


Will it be the sapphires or the amethysts?


03 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Marie Feodorovna's Diamond Wave Necklace

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Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia wears her diamond and pearl wave necklace (with her diamond fringe tiara, two pearl necklaces, and the necklace's coordinating brooch) in a portrait by Ivan Kramskoi, ca. 1881; the necklace and brooch were part of a parure (possibly made by Cartier) that was confiscated by the Soviets after the revolution and subsequently disappeared


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Rosenborg Kokoshnik vs Boucheron Circle


This match-up features two unusual pearly tiaras...


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Khedive vs Gunnila's Aigrette


The first contest of our wild card round tips off now!


02 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Gloucester Sapphire and Gold Necklace

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears a gold necklace set with sapphire, ruby, and diamond charm-like elements, as well as a coordinating brooch, for a garden party at Buckingham Palace, May 2016; the necklace is a rearranged version of a more solid gold choker necklace from Birgitte's collection


The Daily Diadem: The Antique Pearl Tiara

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Princess Irene of the Netherlands wears the Antique Pearl Tiara at a dinner held the night before her sister's abdication and her nephew's inauguration in Amsterdam, April 2013; more on the tiara here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Week Three Results!


We've got all the results from our week of Swedish tiara contests!


01 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Gloucester Pearl and Emerald Pendant Necklace

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears the Pearl and Emerald Pendant Necklace for a gala held the night before the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, April 2011; more on the necklace here!


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

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Princess Christina, Mrs. Magnuson wears Queen Sofia's Pearl and Diamond Tiara for the Nobel Prize Banquet in Stockholm, December 2011; the tiara was later stolen and never recovered


The Crystal Orchid Brooch

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The Queen's brooch collection is packed with jewels that feature floral designs and motifs. Among that group, today's brooch, the Crystal Orchid Brooch, manages to stand out thanks to its delicate materials.