17 April 2021

The Daily Diadem: Queen Rania's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Rania of Jordan (with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears a diamond tiara for a state banquet at Windsor Castle, November 2001; more on the Jordanian tiara collection here!


The Queen's Royal Mourning Jewels

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Several years ago, I answered a reader question here about the brooches that the Queen wore during the mourning period for Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. I'm still frequently sent questions about royal mourning jewels—what's considered appropriate for mourning in the modern world, how the pieces are chosen, etc. As you can imagine, many of those same questions have been asked over the past week. In older days (for example, during the reign of Queen Victoria) there were stricter guidelines available for mourning clothes and jewelry. (Blacks, grays, mauves, lots of jet.) In our time, jewels for mourning are selected on a more personal and individual basis, but there are still some general ideas that seem to be followed.

Today, as the royal family gathers for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, we will see royal mourning jewelry in the world's spotlight once more. I won't be sharing speculation here about the jewelry that the Queen and the other royals will or won't wear for the funeral. (It's not a fashion moment.) But I thought I would show some of the jewelry choices that the Queen has made in the past for the many funerals and memorials she's attended over the course of her reign, particularly those in more recent years, to give you an idea of the way that she handles these moments from a jewelry perspective.

16 April 2021

The Bedtime Brooch: The Dorset Bow Brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears the Dorset Bow Brooch at Longchamp Racecourse during their official visit to Paris, May 1972; more on the brooch over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway (escorted by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears the tiara and jewels from the Norwegian Emerald Parure for a state banquet in Oslo, May 2001; more on the tiara over here!


Queen Margrethe II's Royal Tiaras

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Today, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark celebrates her 81st birthday. To help mark the milestone, we've got something fun: a rundown of the royal tiaras she's worn over the years. Get ready for a whole lot of Danish royal jewel sparkle!

15 April 2021

The Bedtime Brooch: Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Brooch with additional diamond and pearl jewels during a visit to the Northern Province of Sierra Leone, December 1961; more on the brooch here!


The Daily Diadem: The Pearl Poire Tiara

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears the Pearl Poiré Tiara, with the jewels from its accompanying married parure, for a state banquet at Windsor Castle, February 2000; more on the tiara over here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Brabant Laurel vs Boucheron Laurel



Our final match of the week pairs up two delicate laurel wreath tiaras!

14 April 2021

The Bedtime Brooch: The Cullinan V Brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom (with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears the Cullinan V Brooch to watch a cricket match at Highclere Castle, August 1958; more on the brooch here!


The Daily Diadem: The Stuart Tiara

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Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears the Stuart Tiara and jewels from its coordinating parure for a state banquet at Windsor Castle, April 1972; more on the tiara over here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Danish Ruby vs Bonaparte Olive



Which wreath tiara will win the day?

13 April 2021

The Bedtime Brooch: The Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch

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Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (later Queen Elizabeth II) wears the Sapphire Chrysanthemum Brooch with the Duke of Edinburgh during their honeymoon at Broadlands, November 1947; more on the brooch over here!


The Daily Diadem: Princess Andrew's Meander Bandeau

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Princess Anne of the United Kingdom (with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears Princess Andrew's Meander Bandeau for a dinner at the Japanese Embassy in London, October 1971; more on the tiara over here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Floral Aigrette vs Cubitt



Which floral garland will take this crown?

12 April 2021

The Bedtime Brooch: The Diamond Clematis Brooch

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Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom wears her Diamond Clematis Brooch for the official announcement of her engagement to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (later Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh), July 1947; more on the brooch over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Chaumet Emerald Tiara

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Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg (escorted by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) wears the Chaumet Emerald Tiara for a dinner celebrating the silver wedding anniversary of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, May 1962; more on the tiara over here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Braganza vs Spanish Floral



The second round of our Floral Tiara Tournament begins now!

11 April 2021

The Nightly Necklace: A Swedish Diamond Riviere

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears one of the family's diamond riviere necklaces (with the Baden Fringe Tiara and one of the Braganza Rose Brooches) for the Nobel Prize Banquet in Stockholm, December 2019; Victoria often wears this necklace, both with and without a diamond pendant


The Daily Diadem: The Kent City of London Fringe Tiara

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Lady Gabriella Windsor wears the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara for her wedding to Thomas Kingston at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, May 2019; more on the tiara here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Round Two Preview!



Our Floral Tiara Tournament picks up again this week with round two contests! Here's a preview of the match-ups we'll see over the next two weeks.

10 April 2021

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Sonja's Diamond Rivieres

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears a pair of diamond rivere necklaces (with the base of the Maltese Cross Circlet and her amethyst drop earrings) for the American-Scandinavian Foundation's annual gala dinner in New York, October 2002; Sonja nearly always wears the two necklaces paired together, though she has sometimes worn them one at a time, and sometimes with a pendant


The Daily Diadem: Princess Nobuko's Wedding Tiara

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Princess Tomohito of Mikasa (Princess Nobuko), beside her daughters, Princess Akiko and Princess Yoko, wears her diamond and pearl tiara for the annual New Year reception at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, January 2020; the tiara, made by Mikimoto, was worn by Nobuko on her wedding day in 1980


Royal Faberge Coming Right to Your Home!

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I know there are lots of fellow Fabergé lovers reading here, and I've got good news for all of them: there are several upcoming online lectures featuring discussions of royal pieces from the firm! Here are the details on several of these seminars, including access information. (Take note: one of the lectures is scheduled for later today!) Get ready to enjoy some sparkling Fabergé jewels right from the comfort of your own home!

09 April 2021

The Royal Jewels Prince Philip Designed for the Queen

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As you may have expected, our regular afternoon and evening posts here are being suspended today following the news of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99. Born Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, he married the future Queen Elizabeth II in November 1947. They enjoyed 73 years of marriage, raised four children, and welcomed eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren to their family.

What you may not know is that Prince Philip, like another famous prince consort before him, was very interested in the world of jewelry design. He had a hand in the creation of several pieces from the Queen's collection. We'll never know how many jewels he gave her over seven decades of marriage, but here's a closer look at several pieces that we know he helped design and acquire for Her Majesty.

Queen Maria Vittoria's Diamond and Pearl Tiara

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On May 11, Sotheby's in Geneva will auction off a piece of glittering Italian royal history: a convertible diamond and pearl tiara that belonged to a woman who was both Duchess of Aosta and—very briefly—Queen of Spain. Today, we've got all the details on Queen Maria Vittoria's Diamond and Pearl Tiara.

08 April 2021

The Nightly Necklace: The Queen Mother's Coronation Necklace

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The Duchess of Cornwall wears the Queen Mother's Coronation Necklace in an official portrait released to celebrate her 60th birthday, July 2007; you can read more about the stunning diamond riviere over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Ancona Tiara

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Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies wears the Ancona Tiara for the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in Copenhagen, May 2004; more on the tiara here!


Her Majesty's Hidden Tiaras



We've just spent more than a week surveying 95 incredible jewels worn by Queen Elizabeth II. But there are tons of pieces that haven't been brought out of the vaults in years—and in some cases, in decades! Today, we've got a look at the Queen's tiaras that haven't been worn in public in more than a decade, plus three tiaras that were brought back to the spotlight by a trio of British royal brides.

07 April 2021

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Ena's Diamond Riviere

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Diamond Riviere (with Queen Sofia's diamond and emerald earrings) for the imperial enthronement ceremony in Japan, October 2019; more on the necklace, which is part of the joyas de pasar, over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Savoy Tourmaline Tiara

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Clotilde Courau wears the Savoy Tourmaline Tiara and its coordinating earrings for her wedding to Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy in Rome, September 2003; more on the jewels over here!


95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 19 (2010s-2020s)

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Our bejeweled celebration of the Queen's upcoming 95th birthday has arrived at its conclusion! Today, we're marveling at five of the newest pieces from the Queen's collection. The Queen made a rare public outing in the Australian Wattle Brooch recently (pictured above). Let's hope we get even more royal sparkle from HM on April 21!

06 April 2021

The Nightly Necklace: The Long Nassau Diamond Riviere

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the longer of the family's two classic diamond riviere necklaces (with diamond earrings) for a concert during the Dutch state visit to Luxembourg, May 2018; according to our friends at Luxarazzi, the necklace dates to the nineteenth century and features 45 diamonds set in silver and gold


95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 18 (2000s-2010s)

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The Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and her jewelry box expanded in the years surrounding those major anniversaries. Here's a closer look at five jewels added to the Queen's collection in the 2000s and 2010s!

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 17 (March 2002)

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The Queen Mother's jeweled bequest to the Queen was so large that we still don't know exactly how many pieces were in the collection. Today, we've got five more of the Queen Mum's jewels now worn by Queen Elizabeth II.

05 April 2021

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Alexandra's Diamond Collet Necklace

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears Queen Alexandra's Diamond Collet Necklace (with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, the Greville Chandelier Earrings, and Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Brooch) for a dinner at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, July 2010; the necklace, made by Garrard in 1863, was Queen Alexandra's wedding gift from the City of London


95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 16 (March 2002)

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In March 2002, the Queen Mother died at the remarkable age of 101. She left behind an incredible legacy and an amazing jewelry collection, which was inherited by the Queen. Here's a look at five of the pieces that the Queen now wears from the Queen Mum's jewelry box!

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 15 (1980s-1990s)

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Our celebration of the upcoming 95th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II continues today with a look at some of the jewels that arrived in her collection in the 1980s and 1990s!

04 April 2021

The Evening Earring: The Braganza Pear-Shaped Diamond Earrings

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Queen Silvia of Sweden wears the enormous pear-shaped diamond drop earrings from the Braganza Parure (with Queen Sofia's Tiara) for the Nobel Prize Banquet in Stockholm, December 2017; more on the earrings here!


95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 14 (1970s-1980s)

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In the 1970s and 1980s, the Queen celebrated a Silver Jubilee and a trio of royal weddings. Here's a look at five of the jewels that were added to her collection during this era!

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 13 (1960s)

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In the 1960s, the Queen completed her family and settled in to the role of monarch. Here are five jewels that joined her collection during that era!

03 April 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mathilde's Diamond Drop Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears a classic pair of earrings with round diamond drops for a special mass in Laeken to commemorate the deceased members of the Belgian royal family, February 2020


95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 12 (1950s-1960s)

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During the first decade of the Queen's reign, she received presents from around the world, and even purchased some jewels of her own. Here's a look at five pieces acquired during the early years of her remarkable tenure as monarch!

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 11 (March 1953)

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As our April birthday celebration for the Queen continues, we've got one more post today on the jewels that the Queen inherited from Queen Mary!

02 April 2021

The Evening Earring: The Queen's Diamond Drop Earrings

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears a pair of diamond drop earrings on loan from the Queen (with Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara) for a banquet in Auckland, April 1983; the earrings have been in the Queen's collection since at least the 1960s


95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 10 (March 1953)

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Queen Mary left nearly all of her important jewelry to her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, in 1953. Our celebration of the Queen's jewelry box continues with even more pieces from that inheritance!

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 9 (March 1953)

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Our celebration of the Queen's upcoming 95th birthday continues with more of her sparkling inheritance from Queen Mary. This time, we're focusing on one of the grandest parts of that collection: some of the jewels set with the Cullinan Diamonds and Cambridge Emeralds.

01 April 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Astrid's Square-Cut Diamond Drop Earrings

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Princess Astrid of Belgium wears her square-cut diamond drop earrings at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels, May 2009; more on the earrings here!


95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 8 (March 1953)

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Only months before Queen Elizabeth II was due to be crowned, her grandmother, Queen Mary, passed away. The coronation went ahead, per Mary's specific instructions, and the Queen inherited an incredible jewelry windfall from her. This post (and the next two!) will all feature jewels that arrived in the Queen's collection after Queen Mary's death in March 1953.

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 7 (February 1952)

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Our celebration of the Queen's milestone April birthday continues today with even more of Queen Victoria's heirlooms of the crown, which arrived in Elizabeth II's collection in February 1952.

31 March 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Ena's Diamond Earrings

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears Queen Ena's Diamond Earrings for a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Rabat, February 2019; more on the earrings, which are part of the joyas de pasar, over here!