31 October 2020

The Evening Earring: Princess Laurentien's Gold Chain Earrings

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands wears earrings featuring milky blue gemstones and gold chain pendants for Prinsjesdag in The Hague, September 2017; see more of the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Victoria's Strawberry Leaf Tiara

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Irene Mountbatten, Marchioness of Carisbrooke wears Queen Victoria's Strawberry Leaf Tiara as she departs from the State Opening of Parliament with her husband, Alexander Mountbatten, Marquess of Carisbrooke, October 1938; more on the tiara over here!


Terrifying Tales of Halloween Tiaras and Jewels!

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Happy Halloween, magpies! Today, I've got a roundup of some of the spookiest content I've shared here on The Court Jeweller, just in time for fright night! From cursed diamonds to creepy brooches to haunted tiaras, we've got a little bit of something for every boy and ghoul to enjoy!

30 October 2020

The Evening Earring: Queen Maxima's Chandelier Earrings

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands wears Queen Maxima's Chandelier Earrings (with the Diamond Moth Brooch) for Prinsjesdag in The Hague, September 2016; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: The Dufferin and Ava Shamrock Tiara

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Maureen Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava wears the family's diamond shamrock tiara to the State Opening of Parliament, May 1935; learn about the tiara's history here!


The Royal Jewels of October

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Can you believe it? Another month has flown by! It's time for our overview of some of the interesting royal jewels worn in October.

29 October 2020

The Evening Earring: Princess Laurentien's Leaf Earrings

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands wears gold leaf earrings (plus a round diamond brooch from the Dutch royal collection) for the Prinsjesdag celebrations in the Hague, September 2014; the earrings were designed by Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma, daughter of Princess Irene of the Netherlands


The Daily Diadem: Anne Chamberlain's Tiara

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Anne Chamberlain, wife of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, wears a diamond floral tiara outside Number 10 Downing Street as she prepares to leave for the State Opening of Parliament, October 1937; Anne was photographed in the same tiara on multiple occasions


State Opening of Parliament Tiaras: 2010-2019

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It's time for the final installment of our series on the Queen's jewels at the State Opening of Parliament! Today, we're wrapping up a series with a look at the jewels worn for the State Opening from 2010 until the most recent ceremony in 2019.

28 October 2020

The Evening Earring: The Dutch Sapphire Figure-Eight Earrings

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Sapphire Figure-Eight Earrings with Queen Emma's Engagement Pendant (in its brooch setting) for the annual Prinsjesdag celebrations, September 2013; more on the sapphires over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Marlborough Pearl and Diamond Tiara

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Alexandra Spencer-Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough wears the family's Boucheron-made diamond and pearl tiara for the State Opening of Parliament, October 1937; the tiara, which was originally owned by Alva Vanderbilt, remains with the family today


State Opening of Parliament Tiaras: 1990s and 2000s

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Our trip back in time to see the jewels of State Openings of Parliament past continues today with a look at the splendor and pageantry during the 1990s and 2000s!

27 October 2020

The Evening Earring: Princess Beatrix's Turquoise Earrings

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands wears Princess Beatrix's turquoise and diamond earrings for Prinsjesdag in The Hague, September 2005; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: Lady Allenby's Tiara

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Gertrude Allenby, Viscountess Allenby wears a tiara with a diamond sunray motif at the State Opening of Parliament, October 1937


State Opening of Parliament Tiaras: 1970s and 1980s

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Our look back at the jewels worn during the Queen's reign at the State Opening of Parliament continues today with a glimpse of some of the sparkle worn during the 1970s and 1980s.

26 October 2020

The Evening Earring: Princess Laurentien's Pearl Drop Earrings

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Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands wears pearl drop earrings, plus a pearl necklace with the family's large cabochon emerald pendant, for Prinsjesdag in The Hague, September 2004


The Daily Diadem: The Beaumont Tiara

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Mona Fitzalan-Howard, 11th Baroness Beaumont wears the all-diamond version of the Beaumont Tiara for the State Opening of Parliament, February 1928; the tiara was later sold and subsequently acquired by Imelda Marcos


State Opening of Parliament Tiaras: 1950s and 1960s

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This time of year, we're often treated to a bit of traditional pomp and circumstance in London during the State Opening of Parliament. This year, as expected, is different, with no state opening on the calendar. But never fear -- we can still enjoy the jewels from years past! We'll be taking a look back all week, starting today with the jewels worn in the 1950s and 1960s.

25 October 2020

The Evening Earring: The Swedish Diamond Circle Earrings

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears diamond circle earrings during the Estonian state visit to Stockholm, January 2011; the earrings have also been worn by Crown Princess Victoria


The Daily Diadem: Mary Scott Townsend's Cartier Tiara

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A Belle Époque diamond tiara, made by Cartier in 1905, is displayed in Canberra, March 2018; the tiara originally belonged to American railroad heiress Mary Scott Townsend


The Graving Dock Diamond Brooch

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The Queen's brooch collection is filled with pieces that date to the early part of her life, as well as newer pieces that have been acquired later. Today's brooch, the Graving Dock Diamond Brooch, sort of fits into both categories.

24 October 2020

The Evening Earring: The Swedish Diamond Drop Earrings

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the family's small diamond drop earrings (with one of their floral brooches) for the wedding of Prince Albert II of Monaco, July 2011; see a close-up of the earrings, which come from Queen Josefina's Diamond Stomacher, over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Scroll Kokoshnik

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A diamond and platinum kokoshnik-style tiara, made by Cartier in 1911, is displayed in an exhibition in Madrid, October 2012; the tiara features scrolls and leaves in its design


The Meiji Tiara

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The Japanese imperial vaults are packed with jewels set with glittering diamonds and luminous pearls, but none are more important or impressive than the diadem reserved for the empress: the Meiji Tiara.

23 October 2020

The Evening Earring: The Cameo Parure Earrings

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the earrings and additional pieces from the Cameo Parure for a state dinner in Paris, December 2014; more on the suite over here!


The Daily Diadem: Doris Duke's Cartier Bandeau

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A diamond and pearl bandeau, made by Cartier and once owned by heiress Doris Duke, is displayed in a museum exhibition in Madrid, October 2012; see the tiara on a model over here!


British State Visit Tiaras in Stockholm (1956)

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This week's series on royal-royal state visits from generations past wraps up today with a look at an exceptionally sparkly British state visit to Stockholm in June 1956. This one's got it all: banquets, galas, balls, and even the Olympics!

22 October 2020

The Evening Earring: The Vasa Earrings

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the Vasa Earrings (with one of the family's diamond rose brooches in her hair, plus a diamond riviere and the Swedish Diamond Lozenge Brooch) for a gala dinner at Uppsala Castle, May 2007; more on the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: Cartier's Indian-Inspired Art Deco Tiara

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An Indian-inspired Art Deco diamond tiara from Cartier is displayed in Madrid, October 2012; see the tiara in another grand Cartier exhibition here!


Swedish State Visit Tiaras in Amsterdam (1955)

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Our fourth state visit flashback of the week brings us back to Amsterdam in the spring of 1955, where Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard are preparing to host King Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise of Sweden for a grand state visit!

21 October 2020

The Evening Earring: Queen Silvia's Multi-Colored Pearl Drop Earrings

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears her multi-colored pearl drop earrings with their coordinating necklace during a two-day visit to Germany, October 2006; she often wears this suite of pearls for daytime diplomatic occasions


The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Pearl and Diamond Kokoshnik

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A close-up view of a diamond and pearl kokoshnik, made by Cartier in 1908, during an exhibition in Australia, March 2018; see the entire tiara over here!


Sparkling State Visit Tiaras in Copenhagen (1957)

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Time for another trip in the sparkling royal state visit time machine! This time, we've landed in Copenhagen in May 1957, where King Frederik and Queen Ingrid are preparing to roll out the red carpet for their British royal counterparts.

20 October 2020

The Evening Earring: Queen Silvia's Modern Emerald Earrings

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the earrings and necklace from one of her modern emerald suites for a ball to mark the 350th anniversary of the signing of the Friendship and Alliance Treaty between England and Sweden, April 2004; more on her emeralds over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Allan Tiara

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A diamond and pearl Cartier tiara that once belonged to Lady Allan, and which survived the sinking of the Lusitania, is displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, January 2018; more on the tiara here!


Belgian State Visit Tiaras in London (1963)

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Our flashback to royal-royal state visits from decades past continues today with a closer look at the jewels worn during the Belgian state visit to London in May 1963.

19 October 2020

The Evening Earring: The Swedish Diamond Floral Earrings

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 Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the Swedish Diamond Floral Earrings with a diamond riviere for the Fondation Pour L'enfance gala at the Palace of Versailles, December 2002; see a close-up of the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Essex Tiara

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The Essex Tiara is displayed as part of an exhibition of Cartier jewelry in Paris, December 2013; learn more about this intriguing tiara over here!


British State Visit Tiaras in The Netherlands (1958)

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This week, we're devoting more time to flashbacks to state visits past -- except this time, we're going much further back in history! To kick off a week of royal-royal visits from decades past, we've got a look at the ultra-sparkling British state visit to the Netherlands in March 1958.

18 October 2020

The Evening Earring: Queen Maxima's Snake Earrings

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears a pair of statement earrings with a snake design for an event at the TivoliVredenburg music complex in Utrecht, October 2020; see more of Maxima's creepy-crawly jewelry collection over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Greville Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wears the Greville Tiara to meet Diana Ross and The Supremes after the Royal Variety Performance in London, November 1968; more on the tiara over here!


The Greville Ivy Leaf Clips

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Here in the United States, the leaves in my backyard are finally falling. What better time to discuss a very leafy set of royal brooches? Today, we've got a closer look at the Greville Ivy Leaf Clips.

17 October 2020

The Evening Earrings: The Dutch Pink Gemstone Earrings

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears statement earrings set with pale pink gemstones for the premiere of the musical The Color Purple in Amsterdam, April 2018; more on the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Oriental Circlet

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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wears the Oriental Circlet and the Crown Rubies for RADA's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London, November 1964; more on the tiara over here!


Queen Alexandra's Turquoise Circlet

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Did you know that the Norwegian royal family has British royal roots? Today we've got a closer look at one of their most important British royal jewelry inheritances: Queen Alexandra's Turquoise Circlet.

16 October 2020

The Evening Earring: Queen Maxima's Tanzanite Earrings

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears earrings with striking blue gemstone drops (possibly tanzanites) for the annual diplomatic reception in Amsterdam, January 2020; more over here!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (later the Queen Mother) wears Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara for a night at the theater, July 1946; more on the tiara over here!


Joyas de Pasar: The Brooches

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Today, we've got the last post in our week-long series on the joyas de pasar, the collection of Spanish royal jewels that passes from monarch to monarch. In this fifth and final installment, we're taking a look at the brooches included in Queen Ena's grand collection of royal jewels.

15 October 2020

The Evening Earring: Queen Maxima's Checkerboard Fringe Earrings

 
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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears fringe earrings with a checkerboard design for an official dinner celebrating King Willem-Alexander's 50th birthday in Amsterdam, April 2017; more on the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Teck Crescent Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (later the Queen Mother) wears the Teck Crescent Tiara for a performance by the Comedie Francaise at the Savoy Hotel in London, March 1939; more on the tiara over here!