31 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Crown Princess Mary's Aquamarine and Pearl Choker

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears her pearl, aquamarine, and sapphire choker with aquamarine and diamond earrings, plus her wedding tiara, for a dinner in Stockholm celebrating the 60th birthday of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, April 2006; more on the necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Fife Tiara

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Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife wears the Fife Tiara in a portrait, ca. 1890s; more on the rather spectacular diamond tiara over here!


The Princess Royal's Tiaras

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We're closing out the month of August here at The Court Jeweller with a bit of a bejeweled tribute to a royal who just marked an important milestone: the Princess Royal, who celebrated her 70th birthday on August 15. Today, we've got a look at all of the tiaras she's worn in public!

30 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Empress Masako's Diamond Necklace

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Empress Masako of Japan wears a gold and diamond necklace for a state banquet in Tokyo, May 2019; more over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Baden Sunburst Tiara

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Hereditary Princess Stephanie of Baden wears the family's diamond sunburst tiara for the wedding reception of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, July 2011; more on the tiara over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Week Six Results!


We've got all the results from the second half of round two of our tiara tournament!

29 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Empress Michiko's Pearl and Diamond Necklace

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Empress Michiko of Japan wears a pearl necklace with a diamond enhancer at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo during the celebrations of Emperor Akihito's 75th birthday, December 2008; Michiko has been wearing the necklace since at least the early 1990s


The Daily Diadem: The Vladimir Fringe Tiara

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Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia wears the Vladimir Fringe Tiara in a sunburst form as part of a fancy dress costume, ca. 1870s; more on the tiara here!


The Queen's Rose Brooches

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Brooches depicting various flowers and plants make up a large part of the Queen's extensive collection. Today, we've got a closer look at ten of the Queen's rose brooches.

28 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Empress Michiko's Golden Pearl Necklace

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Empress Michiko of Japan wears an absolutely fascinating necklace of golden and white pearls for a state banquet in honor of the President of Singapore in Tokyo, May 2009; she layered the necklace with a diamond pendant on a simple chain


The Daily Diadem: The Bavarian Sunburst Tiara

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Princess Anna of Bavaria wears the Bavarian Diamond Sunburst Tiara for the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden in Stockholm, June 2010; more on the tiara, which was later sold, over here!


The Royal Jewels of August

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The month of August is always a slow one for royal watchers: few scheduled appearances, lots of families on holiday. August 2020 was no different, but we still have a few interesting pieces of jewelry to enjoy from royal outings this month.


27 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Japanese Crown Princely Wedding Necklace

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Crown Princess Kiko of Japan wears the necklace and tiara from the family's crown princely wedding parure during her brother-in-law's ascension celebrations, May 2019; more over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Louise's Diamond vs Star and Pearl


Time for our final contest of round two!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Marianne's Diamond vs Floral Birthday


This one's a diamond showdown!


26 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Empress Michiko's Diamond Necklace

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Empress Michiko of Japan wears a diamond riviere for a state banquet in Tokyo in honor of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, October 2016; more on Michiko's glittering jewelry collection over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Alexandrine Sapphire vs Antique Corsage


Diamonds and sapphires or diamonds and pearls?


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Khedive of Egypt vs Rosenborg Garnet


Will it be diamond scrolls or garnets and pearls?


25 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Pearl Sunburst Necklace

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Crown Princess (now Empress) Masako of Japan wears the necklace, tiara, and brooch from the Pearl Sunburst Parure for a state banquet in Tokyo in honor of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, April 2017; more on the suite over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Boucheron Laurel vs Aquamarine Kokoshnik


Two of Margaret of Connaught's jewels are matched up this afternoon!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Cut Steel vs Braganza


Two unusual early nineteenth-century tiaras face off in this contest!


24 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Empress Masako's Diamond Rivieres

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Empress Masako of Japan wears a pair of diamond rivieres (with the Meiji Tiara) during a parade in Tokyo to celebrate her husband's enthronement, Novemeber 2019; more over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Connaught Diamond vs Cameo


This one's a battle of the Bernadotte bridal diadems...


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Leuchtenberg Sapphire vs Napoleonic Amethyst


Our tiara tournament has returned to Stockholm!


23 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Victoria's Pearl Tassel Necklace

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Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom is depicted wearing a long pearl necklace with a pearl tassel in a portrait by Heinrich von Angeli, 1899; jeweled tassel pendants like this one were very popular with royals at the time, including Princess Victoria and Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood and Princess Royal


The Daily Diadem: Queen Rania's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Rania of Jordan wears her modern diamond tiara for a banquet at Windsor Castle during the Jordanian state visit to Britain, November 2001; more on the tiara (and all of the Jordanian royal collection) over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Week Five Results!


The results are in from this week's tiara contests!

22 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Victoria's Velvet Choker Necklace

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Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom wears a velvet choker with a circle charm in a portrait, ca. 1880s; the necklace style, which became popular during her long widowhood, was a favorite, appearing with several different attached pendants in various images


The Daily Diadem: Queen Noor's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Noor of Jordan wears her diamond tiara for a state dinner during the British state visit to Amman, March 1984; learn more about the tiara over here!


The Botswana Sorghum Brooch

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The Queen debuted a whole collection of new brooches in 2014, including many of unknown or uncertain provenance. But we know exactly where this brooch, the Botswana Sorghum Brooch, came from -- it's all in the name!


21 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace



Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom wears her Golden Jubilee Necklace in a portrait by W.D. Downey taken during her Diamond Jubilee festivities, 1897; more on the necklace here!


The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Daisy Bandeau

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears the Diamond Daisy Bandeau (and Crown Princess Martha's Silver Wedding Earrings) for the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; more on the tiara over here!


Tackling Tiaragate: Meghan, Harry, and Those Wedding Tiara Rumors

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day, May 2018 (Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

All right, everybody. I think it's finally time to delve into a topic that has been requested consistently for almost two years: the reported conflict that cropped up between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and palace staff over Meghan's wedding tiara. I've avoided writing about the subject in the past for a couple of reasons. For one, the jewelry-centric details of the story just don't totally make sense. And for another, this isn't a website devoted to gossip about the royals. But as more and more versions of the story have been published, I think that a website devoted to facts and history about royal jewels may be the perfect place to straighten out what we know—and what we don't know—about the story that some in the press have begun calling "tiaragate."

So far, we've essentially heard three different versions of the story. All have one thing in common: in February 2018, Harry and Meghan went to Buckingham Palace to choose Meghan's wedding tiara. Afterward, some sort of conflict ensued. Exactly when that conflict happened, and with whom, and for what reason, are the big differences between the three accounts.


20 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Victoria's Pearls

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Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom wears a pair of pearl necklaces (likely the Queen Anne and Queen Caroline Pearl Necklaces) and her small diamond crown (without the arches) for a portrait, ca. 1890s; more on the necklaces over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Olav's Gift vs Norwegian Emerald


Our final contest of the week matches up old and new!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Vasa vs Alexandra Turquoise


Astrid's antique tiaras are matched up in this contest!


18 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Victoria's Emerald and Diamond Necklace



Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom wears her emerald and diamond necklace with its coordinating parure in an illustrated portrait, ca. 1860; more on the suite over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Mary's Edwardian vs Pearl Poire


A new Danish royal addition faces off against a major family heirloom...


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Baden Palmette vs Floral Aigrette


Two of Queen Margrethe's favorite tiaras are matched up in this contest...


17 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Coronation Necklace

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Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom wears the Coronation Necklace (without the Lahore Pendant) and Earrings in a state portrait painted by Winterhalter, 1859; more on the necklace, which had been made shortly before this portrait was painted, over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Dagmar Floral vs Danish Emerald


Will it be the diamond flowers or the heirloom emeralds?


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Danish Ruby vs Alexandrine Diamond Drop


Time for the first contest of round two of the Scandinavian tiara tournament!


16 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Victorian Etruscan Revival Hardstone Necklace

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A gold Etruscal revival necklace, dating to the Victorian period and set with carved carnelian scarabs and banded agate cabochons, is displayed by Sotheby's ahead of its auction in Geneva, June 2020; the necklace did not meet its estimate and was not sold


The Daily Diadem: Queen Sophie's Fleur-de-Lis Tiara



Queen Sophie of the Hellenes wears her diamond fleur-de-lis tiara in a portrait with her grandson, the future King Michael of Romania, ca. 1922; the tiara, which reportedly was a gift from Queen Victoria to her eldest daughter, Vicky, was later given to Princess Irene, Duchess of Aosta and subsequently sold at auction after her death


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Round Two Preview!


It's time for the second round of our Scandinavian Sparkler Spectacular! Here's a look at the tiaras that are still in the running to claim the champion's crown...

15 August 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Bapst Diamond Floral and Dart Necklace

Sotheby's

A model wears a diamond floral and dart necklace by Bapst ahead of its sale at Sotheby's in Geneva, June 2020; the necklace, which was made in the second half of the nineteenth-century, sold at auction for roughly $75,000


The Daily Diadem: The Turquoise Daisy Bandeau

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Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark wears the Turquoise Daisy Bandeau during the celebrations of the Ruby Jubilee of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, January 2012; more on the tiara, which Theodora borrowed from her aunt, over here!