30 September 2020

The Evening Earring: Queen Letizia's Girandole Earrings

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears blue topaz and diamond girandole earrings during the Princess of Asturias Award celebrations in Oviedo, October 2017; more from the event over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Emerald Peacock Necklace Tiara

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Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg wears the Emerald Peacock Necklace Tiara during the Luxembourgish state visit to Britain, November 1976; more on the tiara over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Leuchtenberg Sapphire vs Aquamarine Kokoshnik


Beautiful blue gems are matched up in this contest!


29 September 2020

The Evening Earring: Princess Caroline's Girandole Earrings

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears her diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald girandole earrings for the AMADE Association Gala Dinner in Monaco, April 2010; see another appearance of the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Congo Diamond Necklace Tiara

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg (with Hereditary Grand Duke Jean) wears the Congo Diamond Necklace Tiara on her wedding day in Luxembourg, April 1953; more on the convertible jewel over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Josefina's Diamond vs Norwegian Emerald


Will it be the intricate diamonds or the impressive emeralds?


28 September 2020

The Evening Earring: Princess Marina's Girandole Earrings

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The Duchess of Kent wears diamond girandole earrings from the collection of her late mother-in-law, Princess Marina (with the Kent Diamond Bandeau), for a gala event at the Palace of Versailles, December 1972; the eighteenth-century diamond earrings were later sold by the family, reportedly to help pay inheritance taxes on Princess Marina's estate


The Daily Diadem: The Belgian Scroll Tiara

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Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte of Luxembourg wears the Belgian Scroll Tiara for a concert during a state visit to the Netherlands, September 1967; more on the tiara over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Danish Ruby vs Floral Aigrette


Which floral wreath will win the day?


27 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Empress Marie Feodorovna's Pearl and Sapphire Choker

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Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears Empress Marie Feodorovna's Pearl and Sapphire Choker (with her diamond honeysuckle tiara with the sapphire central element, as well as Empress Marie Feodorovna's Sapphire Brooch) for a portrait, ca. 1937; more on the necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: Princess Sandra's Diamond Tiara

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Princess Alexandra of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (with her husband, Prince Ernst II) wears a diamond tiara in a formal portrait, ca. 1900; see another view of the tiara over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: The Elegant Eight!


Get excited: we're getting closer to crowning a tournament champion!

26 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Ladies of England Necklace

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The Princess of Wales (later Queen Mary) wears the Ladies of England Tiara in its necklace setting (with additional necklaces, as well as the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara and the Richmond Brooch) for an official portrait; more on the tiara/necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: Grand Duchess Alexandra's Faberge Tiara

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Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin wears her aquamarine and diamond tiara by Faberge for an official portrait, ca. 1904; more on the tiara over here!


Princess Charlotte's Sapphires

Princess Caroline wears the sapphires in Denmark, May 2004 (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

As September draws to a close, we've got one more celebration of the month's spectacular birthstone! Here's a look at the stunning cabochon sapphire suite owned by the Grimaldis of Monaco.


25 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Alexandra's Collier Resille

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Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears Queen Alexandra's Collier Resilee (with Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik) in a formal portrait, ca. 1930s; the necklace was made for Alexandra in 1904 by Cartier, and presumably it remains in the royal vaults today


The Daily Diadem: Crown Princess Thyra's Diamond Bandeau

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Crown Princess Thyra of Hanover wears a diamond necklace as a bandeau in a formal portrait, ca. late nineteenth century; learn more about Thyra's jewels here!


Luxembourg Celebrates a Royal Baptism (and a Royal Wedding!)

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On Saturday, the royals of Luxembourg celebrated an important occasion: the baptism of a future grand duke! Here's a look at some of the jewelry we saw during the baptism of Prince Charles of Luxembourg and the wedding of his cousin, Archduchess Gabriella.


24 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Mary's Amethyst Necklace

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The Duchess of York (later Queen Mary) wears her parure of amethyst jewels, including a necklace, tiara, and brooch, for a formal portrait, ca. 1893; more on the necklace, which was most recently seen on Anna Wintour, over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Romanian Greek Key Tiara

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Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma wears the Romanian Greek Key Tiara for her wedding to King Michael of Romania, June 1948; more on the tiara over here!


State Visit Jewels: The Queen Visits Germany (2015)

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Today, our final state visit spotlight of the week falls on the Queen's most recent foreign diplomatic visit: her 2015 state visit to Germany.


23 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Delhi Durbar Necklace

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Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears the necklace and jewels from the Delhi Durbar Parure (stacked with several other necklaces) in a formal portrait, ca. 1913; more on the necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Hesse Strawberry Leaf Tiara



Grand Duchess Eleonore of Hesse and by Rhine wears the Hesse Strawberry Leaf Tiara in a portrait; more on the tiara's fascinating story over here!


State Visit Jewels: The Queen Visits France (2014)

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Our survey of the jewels worn by the Queen during her most recent state visits abroad continues today with a very important visit: 2014's diplomatic trip to France, which also marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day.


22 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Mary's Love Trophy Collar

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The Princess of Wales (later Queen Mary) wears the Love Trophy Collar (with the Iveagh Tiara and the Dorset Bow Brooch) in a photographic portrait taken by Alice Hughes, ca. 1905; more on the necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Brunswick Tiara

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Princess Viktoria Luise, Duchess of Brunswick wears the Brunswick Tiara in a photographic portrait taken in Berlin, ca. 1918; more on the tiara over here!


State Visit Jewels: The Queen Visits Ireland (2011)

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The spring of 2011 was a momentous time for the Windsors. Not only did the family celebrate the wedding of a future king, the Queen embarked on one of the most important state visits of her entire reign: the first visit of a reigning British monarch to the Republic of Ireland.


21 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Mary's Eleven-Row Pearl Choker

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Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears her eleven-row pearl and diamond choker necklace (plus other pearls, as well as the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara with its pearl toppers) for a formal portrait, taken ca. 1912; see the present Duchess of Gloucester wearing the necklace here!


The Daily Diadem: The Greek Emeralds

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Queen Olga of the Hellenes wears her emeralds, including several attached to a kokoshnik, in this court portrait, taken near the end of the nineteenth century; learn more about the emeralds over here!


State Visit Jewels: The Queen Visits the UAE and Oman (2010)

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One of the things I've been missing most of all lately is state visits -- the pomp, the glamour, the banquets! Since this autumn won't be bringing us our usual round of visits, let's have a look back at some of the Queen's most recent visits abroad. Today, we're beginning with a look at the jewels she wore in the United Arab Emirates and Oman in November 2010.

20 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Blue and Yellow Sapphire Necklace

 

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A stunning necklace of diamonds and blue and yellow sapphires, made in 1957 by Cartier, is displayed at Christie's ahead of its sale in New York, October 2013; the necklace sold at auction for $785,000 USD



The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Diamond Bandeau

 

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Diamond Bandeau (with Queen Emma's Sapphire Stomacher, set with the citrine cluster) for the Swedish state banquet in Amsterdam, April 2014; more on the tiara over here!



Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Week Eight Results!

 


The results are in from our latest tiara tournament contests!

19 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Star Sapphire Pendant Necklace

 

Christie's

A unique gold and enamel pendant necklace, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany ca. 1910 and set with a luminous star sapphire, is displayed at Christie's ahead of its auction in New York, June 2017; the necklace sold at auction for $32,500 USD



The Daily Diadem: Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara

 

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara for a state dinner in New Zealand, November 2016; more on the tiara's history here!



The Cambridge Sapphires

Queen Mary wears the Cambridge Sapphires (Wikimedia Commons)


Queen Mary's jewelry collection included several complete parures featuring colorful gemstones. Today, we're talking about the history of one of those sets -- the Cambridge Sapphires -- as well as their current royal status today.

18 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Van Cleef and Arpels Sapphire Necklace

Christie's

A classic diamond and sapphire necklace by Van Cleef and Arpels, which is also able to be worn as a pair of bracelets, is displayed at Christie's ahead of its auction in New York, April 2015; the necklace sold at auction for $581,000 USD


The Daily Diadem: The Antique Pearl Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Antique Pearl Tiara (and the Dutch Diamond and Pearl Devant de Corsage) for a diplomatic gala in Amsterdam, April 2019; more on the tiara over here!


Jewels of Prinsjesdag 2020

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September brings the annual opening of parliament in the Netherlands, and though this year's celebrations were a little different, we've still got royal jewelry to enjoy!


17 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Antique Koch Sapphire and Diamond Necklace

Christie's

A diamond and sapphire necklace composed of nineteenth-century elements, assembled in 1939 by Koch, is displayed at Christie's ahead of its sale in London, June 2013; the necklace sold at auction for approximately $386,279 USD


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Aquamarine Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Aquamarine Tiara, plus other pieces from Queen Juliana's aquamarine collection, for a diplomatic reception in Amsterdam, April 2018; more on the tiara over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Floral Birthday vs Louise's Diamond


Our final match-up of our Sparkling Sixteen round is a diamond dazzler!


16 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Sapphire and Diamond Bib Necklace

Christie's

A 1960s diamond and sapphire bib necklace from Van Cleef and Arpels, formerly owned by an unnamed "lady of title," is displayed by Christie's ahead of its sale in Geneva, November 2016; the necklace sold at auction for approximately $338,244 USD


The Daily Diadem: The Wurttemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Wurttemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara for a state banquet in Tokyo, October 2014; more on the tiara over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Khedive of Egypt vs Alexandrine Sapphire


Our Wild Card bracket returns with a pair of Danish sparklers!


15 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Tiffany Arts and Crafts Sapphire Necklace

Christie's

A gold and sapphire pendant necklace, designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany ca. 1910 in the Arts and Crafts style, is displayed by Christie's ahead of its sale in New York, December 2006; the necklace sold at auction for $262,400 USD


The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; more on the jewels over here!


Scandi Sparkler Spectacular: Braganza vs Aquamarine Kokoshnik


This contest matches up two incredible Bernadotte jewels!


14 September 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Blue Belle of Asia Necklace

Christie's

A diamond tassel necklace set with the 392.52-carat Blue Belle of Asia Sapphire is displayed by Christie's ahead of its sale in Geneva, November 2014; the necklace sold for approximately $18,661,194 USD


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara for a dinner in honor of Prince Albert II of Monaco in Apeldoorn, June 2014; more on the tiara over here!