08 April 2020

Queen Margrethe's 70th Birthday Flashback: Princess Benedikte's Dinner Jewels

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Our look back at the jewels worn to celebrate Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's 70th birthday in 2010 continues with Princess Benedikte's accessories for the Christiansborg Palace dinner!


07 April 2020

Queen Margrethe's 70th Birthday Flashback: Princess Marie's Dinner Jewels

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Our look back at the jewels of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark's 70th birthday celebrations continues with the jewels worn by Princess Marie for the birthday dinner at Christiansborg!


Queen Margrethe's 70th Birthday Flashback: Crown Princess Mary's Dinner Jewels

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Our flashback to the glittering 70th birthday celebrations of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, ten years ago this month, continues with the jewels Crown Princess Mary wore to the birthday gala dinner at Christiansborg Palace!

Queen Margrethe's 70th Birthday Flashback: Queen Margrethe's Dinner Jewels

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I know we were all looking forward to a truly grand royal celebration this month: the 80th birthday of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Because the bejeweled events had to be canceled, I thought it was high time we took a look back at how she celebrated her birthday ten years ago: with detailed posts on the guests' jewels all week long!

Tiara Tournament: And the Winner Is...!


We've got a winner in our very first Tiara Tournament!


06 April 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Doris Duke's Cartier Diamond and Pearl Pendant Necklace

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A model displays a magnificent diamond and pearl pendant necklace, made in Cartier in 1908, before its sale at Christie's in 2004; the necklace was a gift to heiress Doris Duke from her father, James Buchanan Duke, who also supplied some of the diamonds for the piece's creation; the necklace fetched $2.35 million at auction

(PS: the bandeau-style tiara worn by the model was also made by Cartier, and you can see another view of it over here!)


The Daily Diadem: The County of Surrey Tiara

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The Duchess of Cornwall and York (later Queen Mary of the United Kingdom) wears the County of Surrey Tiara in an official photograph taken to coincide with a royal tour of Canada, 1901; more on the (dismantled) tiara over here!


Tiara Tournament: The Championship!


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


05 April 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Fan Bingbing's Cartier Sapphires

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Fan Bingbing wears a diamond and sapphire necklace by Cartier, along with matching earrings, on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2011


Tiara Tournament: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs Greville Emerald Kokoshnik


Our final match of round four is a kokoshnik face-off!


Tiara Tournament: Girls of Great Britain and Ireland vs Vladimir


This Final Four match-up is one for the ages...


04 April 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Cartier Art Deco Amethyst and Turquoise Suite

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A complete set of amethyst and turquoise jewelry from Cartier, made in 1938, is displayed in Jakarta, November 2003; see a similar set from the collection of the Duchess of Windsor over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Poltimore Tiara

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Helen Molesworth of Christie's holds the Poltimore Tiara ahead of its sale in London, June 2006; learn more about Princess Margaret's signature tiara over here!


Tiara Tournament: The Final Four!


The results are in, and we officially have our Tiara Tournament Final Four! Here's how you voted in round three...

03 April 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Elizabeth Taylor's Cartier Ruby Necklace

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Elizabeth Taylor wears her Cartier ruby necklace and earrings at the London premiere of Around the World in Eighty Days, July 1957; read all about the rubies over here!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Amethyst Tiara



A young Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears her amethyst tiara with the Love Trophy Collar in a formal portrait; more on the tiara here and the necklace here!


Tiaras at Sotheby's

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As we all shift to spending more time together online, Sotheby's is putting on one of their fantastic virtual jewelry auctions! In March, we previewed a few pieces from the sale, which was originally scheduled to be held in London, and today, I've got a look at the tiaras up for grabs.

02 April 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Nellie Melba's Cartier Corsage Necklace

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Dame Nellie Melba's 1902 Cartier diamond and pearl devant-de-corsage, now converted for wear as a necklace, is displayed at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, March 2018; read more on the necklace over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Russian Pearl Bandeau

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Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy wears the Russian Pearl Bandeau for a film premiere in London, December 1967; more on the tiara over here!


Tiara Tournament: Greville vs Greville Emerald Kokoshnik


This round's final contest is a Mrs. Greville vs. Mrs. Greville showdown!


01 April 2020

The Nightly Necklace: Princess Salimah's Cartier Emerald Necklace

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A model wears Princess Salimah's Cartier Emerald Necklace ahead of its sale at Sotheby's in Geneva in November 2019; read more about the necklace, which appears to have been withdrawn from the planned sale, over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Boucheron Loop Tiara

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The Princess of Wales (later Queen Mary of the United Kingdom) wears the Boucheron Loop Tiara with the Love Trophy Collar and the County of Surrey Necklace; read more about the (dismantled) tiara here, the collar here, and the (dismantled) necklace here!


Tiara Tournament: Queen Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs Iveagh


Classic diamond kokoshniks face off in this match-up!


31 March 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Patiala Necklace

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Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala wears the original Patiala Necklace in a formal portrait, ca. 1930s; learn more about the astonishing necklace, which was made by Cartier, later dismantled, and then recreated, over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Cambridge Sapphire Tiara

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Queen Mary of the United Kingdom wears the original Cambridge Sapphire Tiara with jewels from the accompanying parure in a formal photographic portrait, ca. 1925; more on the set here!


Tiara Tournament: Vladimir vs Lover's Knot


Queen Mary's tiaras go head to head in this sparkling match-up...


30 March 2020

The Nightly Necklace: The Mackay Emerald Necklace

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The Mackay Emerald Necklace, designed by Cartier and set with a whopping 167.97 carat Colombian Emerald, is displayed at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.; the Art Deco necklace was made in 1931 as a wedding gift from Clarence Mackay to his second wife, Anna Case, a soprano who sang with the New York Metropolitan Opera


The Daily Diadem: The Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara

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Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (now Queen Elizabeth II) wears the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara with the Greville Ruby Necklace in a formal portrait, ca. 1950; more on the tiara here and the necklace here!


Tiara Tournament: Girls of Great Britain and Ireland vs Lotus Flower


Our first match-up of round three tips off right now!

29 March 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Ligne Aquamarine Tiara

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Isabella Orsini wears the Ligne Aquamarine Tiara for her wedding to Prince Edouard de Ligne de la Tremoille in Belgium, September 2009; more on the tiara here!


Tiara Tournament: The Elite Eight!


The votes are in -- here are the results of the second round of the Tiara Tournament!


28 March 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Aquamarine Tiara

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Queen Juliana of the Netherlands wears her aquamarine tiara for a gala dinner during a visit to Sweden, May 1957; learn more about the parure over here!

PS: Which other royal tiaras can you spot in this picture???


The Wurttemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara

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As March draws to a close, we've got a closer look today at a tiara worn by a famous royal March bride: the W├╝rttemberg Ornate Pearl Tiara.


27 March 2020

The Daily Diadem: The Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden wears the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik with the family's Diamond Epaulette Earrings at the Nobel Prize Banquet, December 2019; more on the tiara here and the earrings here!


"Royal Jewelry" Coming to Swedish Television

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Get excited, Scandinavian royal jewel lovers: a brand-new documentary about the Swedish royal family's jewelry is coming to television!

26 March 2020

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22 March 2020

Tiara Tournament: The Sweet Sixteen (Part 2!)


The second half of our first round results from the Tiara Tournament are here!


Tiara Tournament: The Sweet Sixteen (Part 1!)


The votes are in for the first round of our Tiara Tournament, and today, I'm bringing you two posts with all the updates on the results! In this post, I've got results from the earliest match-ups...

21 March 2020

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 for the State Opening of Parliament, November 1938; more on the tiara here!


Romanov Sparkle for Queen Elizabeth II

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Royals are just like us: most of their recent events have been canceled. But before she headed to Windsor Castle for an extended stay, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom held one more private audience -- and wore a fantastic heirloom brooch.


20 March 2020

19 March 2020

Tiara Tournament: Greville vs Wessex Wedding


Our final match of the day features a classic diadem and a controversial sparkler...