19 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Charlotte's Art Deco Earrings

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears a pair of earrings with cushion-cut diamond drops (plus Princess Grace's Diamond Festoon Necklace) for the National Day gala, November 2006; the earrings once belonged to Caroline's grandmother, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois


The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Amethyst Parure Tiara

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears the tiara and jewels from the Norwegian Amethyst Parure for a gala held the night before the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; more on the amethysts over here!


Museum Week: The Marie Louise Diadem

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Museum week continues today with a look at another spectacular sparkler from the Napoleonic era: the Marie Louise Diadem.

18 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Caroline's Carved Drop Earrings

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears earrings featuring diamond-set studs and carved jade or emerald drops for the 55th annual Red Cross Gala in Monaco, August 2003; she has worn these earrings for numerous events, including the Rose Ball in 2006


The Daily Diadem: The Norwegian Emerald Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the tiara and accompanying jewels from the Norwegian Emerald Parure for a dinner celebrating the Ruby Jubilee of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, January 2012; more on the emeralds over here!


Museum Week: The Leuchtenberg Faberge Tiara

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One of the things I've missed most over the past year is traveling to new cities and strolling through their local museums to look for jewelry treasures. I'm sure I'm not the only one feeling that way, so I thought it would be fun to devote several posts to some of the most glittering royal tiaras found in museums around the world—so we can all feel like we're traveling again, right from our own homes. Today, we're kicking things off with a sparkling tiara that has roots in France, Germany, and Russia, and now resides in Houston, Texas: the Leuchtenberg Fabergé Tiara.

17 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Queen Mother's Diamond Floral Earrings

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The Queen Mother wears her diamond floral earrings (with her modern emerald brooch) on her 98th birthday in London, August 1998; the earrings are now worn by the Queen


The Daily Diadem: The Aquamarine Ribbon Tiara

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The Countess of Wessex wears the Aquamarine Ribbon Tiara for the wedding of Princess Madeleine of Sweden in Stockholm, June 2013; more on the tiara over here!


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Week Eight Results!



We've got all the results from week eight of our tiara tournament!

16 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Queen Mother's Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings

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The Queen Mother wears her sapphire and diamond fringe earrings (with pearls and the Duchess of Teck's Flower Brooch) for the Prince of Wales's 50th birthday reception at Buckingham Palace, November 1998; learn more about the earrings, which are now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, here!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara (with the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace and diamond earrings on loan from the Queen) for the annual diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, December 2019; more on the tiara over here!


The Ruby Dragonfly Tiara

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Sparkling tiaras and wealthy heiresses are often a match made in jewelry heaven. Today, we've got a look at one of these fantastic pairings: the Ruby Dragonfly Tiara worn by Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.

15 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Greville Peardrop Earrings

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The Queen Mother wears the Greville Peardrop Earrings (with the Greville Tiara, Queen Alexandra's Wedding Necklace, and Queen Victoria's Diamond Fringe Brooch) for the Royal Film Performance of Lord Jim, February 1965; more on the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara

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The Countess of Wessex wears her convertible aquamarine necklace/tiara for a gala at the Opera Garnier in Monaco following the enthronement of Prince Albert II, November 2005; more on the tiara here!


The Queen Mother's Cartier Lily Brooch

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Last week we talked about a petite brooch from the Queen's jewelry box. Today, we've got a closer look at one of the biggest of all: the Queen Mother's Cartier Lily Brooch.

14 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Crown Ruby Earrings

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The Queen Mother wears the Crown Ruby Earrings (with the Crown Ruby Necklace, the Oriental Circlet, a modern ruby and diamond bracelet, and one of her ruby floral clip brooches) for an 80th birthday party in her honor at 10 Downing Street, November 1980; see the earrings in color here!

The Daily Diadem: The Lotus Flower Tiara

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Lotus Flower Tiara with the Queen's Diamond Chandelier Earrings for a state banquet in honor of the President of China at Buckingham Palace, October 2015; more on the tiara's history over here!


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Emma's Diamond vs Sophie's Diamond



It's time for our final tiara vote of this round!

13 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Greville Emerald Earrings

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The Queen Mother wears the Greville Emerald Earrings for the christening of Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace, October 1950; see a recent appearance of the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Countess of Wessex's Floral Button Tiara

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The Countess of Wessex wears a diamond floral button tiara for a theater gala on the night before the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in Copenhagen, May 2004; the tiara, which was only worn on this occasion, was almost certainly loaned to Sophie by a jeweler


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Girls of Great Britain vs Josefina's Diamond



Two delicate diamond sparklers are matched up in this contest!

12 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Queen Mother's Pearl Drop Earrings

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Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (later the Queen Mother) wears diamond and pearl drop earrings with her famous white wardrobe during the state visit to France, July 1938; read more about the jewels and clothes from that (pre-Greville Bequest) state visit over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Cartier Halo Tiara

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Cartier Halo Tiara (with her diamond wedding earrings) on her wedding day in London, April 2011; more on the tiara over here!


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Imperial Chrysanthemum vs Connaught Diamond



Will it be the Japanese floral sparkler or the delicate Swedish tiara?

11 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Coronation Earrings

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Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (later the Queen Mother) wears the Coronation Earrings (with Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara, the Coronation Necklace, and her own diamond riviere) for a formal portrait taken after the coronation in 1937; more on her coronation jewels over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Wessex Wedding Tiara

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The Countess of Wessex wears her diamond wedding tiara for the wedding of Crown Princess Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway in Oslo, August 2001; see how the tiara looks after its recent transformation over here!


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Brabant Laurel vs Japanese Crown Princely



Our first match of the week is a sparkling one!

10 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mathilde's Ruby Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians (then Duchess of Brabant) wears modern diamond and ruby earrings (with the Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara) for a state dinner in honor of the President of Poland in Brussels, October 2004; as she has not worn the earrings for any subsequent occasions, many have speculated that she may have borrowed them from a jeweler for the gala


The Daily Diadem: The Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille Floral Tiara

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Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wears the Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille Floral Tiara for her wedding to Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille at Egeskov Castle in Denmark, May 2019; the classic diamond floral tiara has been in the Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille for several generations


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Week Seven Results!



We've got all the results from our recent tiara votes—including one big upset!

09 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mathilde's Gray Beaded Fringe Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians (then Duchess of Brabant) wears a pair of fringe earrings made of silvery-gray beads for a business gala dinner in Brussels, April 2012; Mathilde has been wearing earrings of this style for more than a decade


The Daily Diadem: The Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara

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Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wears the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara (with Queen Ingrid's Diamond Fan Earrings and Queen Alexandrine's Sautoir Necklace, as well as her floral brooch) during the Swedish state visit to Copenhagen, May 2007; more on the tiara over here!


The Dutch Diamond Trellis Necklace

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The Dutch royal jewelry collection is full of sparkling wonders. One of my personal favorites is this delicate, dazzling jewel: the Diamond Trellis Necklace.

08 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mathilde's Emerald Drop Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears her diamond and emerald drop earrings to welcome King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain to Brussels, November 2014; Mathilde has worn the earrings frequently, including an appearance in an official portrait


The Daily Diadem: The Danish Ruby Parure Tiara

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A young Princess Benedikte of Denmark dresses in costume as her ancestor, Queen Désirée of Sweden (with Princess Anne-Marie as King Oscar I), in the Danish Ruby Parure and Désirée's dress from Napoleon's imperial coronation; more on the heirloom jewels over here!


Queen Mary's Pink Sapphire Cluster Brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II's brooch collection features gems in all colors of the rainbow. Today, we're thinking pink: specifically, the pink sapphire cluster brooch that belonged to Queen Mary.

07 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mathilde's Heart-Shaped Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians (then the Duchess of Brabant) wears heart-shaped statement earrings for a concert in Brussels, January 2012; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: The Bernstorff-Gyldensteen Floral Tiara

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Carina Axelsson wears a diamond floral tiara with turquoise accessories for the wedding of Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark, May 2008; the tiara was loaned to her by the Bernstorff-Gyldensteen family


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Greville vs Stuart



Two incredible sparklers face off in this contest!

06 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mathilde's Diamond Fringe Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears her diamond fringe earrings for the finals of the Queen Elisabeth Singing Competition in Brussels, May 2014; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: The Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Diamond Spike Tiara

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Carina Axelsson wears the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Diamond Spike Tiara for a gala celebrating the ruby jubilee of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, January 2012; more on the tiara over here!


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Meiji vs Vladimir



This contest is a heavyweight bout!

05 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mathilde's Diamond Scroll Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians (then Duchess of Brabant) wears her diamond scroll earrings for a gala dinner in honor of the President of Greece, February 2005; more on the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara

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Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wears Princess Benedikte's Floral Birthday Tiara for a gala celebrating the ruby jubilee of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, January 2012; more on the tiara's intriguing history over here!


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Mary's Bandeau vs Floral Aigrette



This contest matches up a sleek bandeau and a versatile ornament!

04 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mathilde's Wedding Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians (then Duchess of Brabant) wears her diamond and pearl wedding earrings for a philharmonic concert in Paris, October 2012; more on her wedding jewels here!


The Daily Diadem: The Khedive of Egypt Tiara

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Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wears the Khedive of Egypt Tiara for her religious wedding ceremony in Bad Berleburg, June 2011; more on the family bridal tiara here!


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs Belgian Scroll



It's time for our first tiara match-up of round three!

03 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Fabiola's Pearl Drop Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears Queen Fabiola's Pearl Drop Earrings (with the Wolfers Tiara and the Brabant Laurel Wreath Tiara in its necklace setting) for an official dinner at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, October 2015; Queen Mathilde has worn the diamond and pearl drop earrings increasingly often in the years since Fabiola's passing


The Daily Diadem: Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara

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Carina Axelsson, partner of Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, wears Queen Sofia's Star and Pearl Tiara at a gala celebrating the 75th birthday of Prince Henrik of Denmark, June 2009; learn about the tiara's fascinating history here!