31 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Gloucester Pendant Earrings

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Gloucester Pendant Earrings (with the George IV Diamond Diadem and Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Necklace) at the State Opening of Parliament, June 2001; more on the important royal earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Mistletoe Tiara

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A diamond and pearl tiara, designed to resemble a wreath of mistletoe, is displayed along with an original design sketch at the Mellerio showroom in Paris, December 2012; the firm notes that the tiara was made in 1910 as a wedding diadem, though the lucky bride is not named


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Week Nine Results!



We've got all the results from this week's tiara tournament voting!

30 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Cambridge Wedding Earrings

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


The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Turquoise Floral Tiara

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A diamond and turquoise floral tiara, made by Mellerio ca. 1860, is displayed at the firm's store in Paris, December 2012; see an image of a model wearing the tiara here!


The Austrian Wildflower Tiara

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Last month, a stunning tiara was sold at auction at Sotheby's. The piece has both an American story and an Austrian provenance. Here's more on the history of the Austrian Wildflower Tiara.

29 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Anne's Diamond Frame Earrings

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The Princess Royal wears her diamond frame earrings (with her festoon tiara) for a banquet at the Guildhall during the Spanish state visit, July 2017; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: Princess Mabel's Wedding Tiara

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Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau wears the Dutch royal family's diamond Mellerio tiara (with the Diamond Trellis Necklace) for a dinner held the night before her brother-in-law's inauguration, April 2013; more on the tiara, which she wore on her wedding day, over here!


The Queen Mother's Cartier Ruby Floral Clip Brooches

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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom were famously dedicated customers of Cartier. We recently talked about an enormous Cartier floral brooch from the Queen Mum's collection, and today we've got all the details on a pair of floral brooches made for her by the firm: her Cartier Ruby Floral Clip Brooches.

28 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Queen's Diamond Chandelier Earrings

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Queen's Diamond Chandelier Earrings for a charity gala in support of East Anglia's Children's Hospices' nook appeal, June 2016; more on the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Countess of Paris's Mellerio Sapphire Tiara

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Princess Hélène of Orléans wears the Mellerio Sapphire Tiara that belonged to her mother, the Countess of Paris, at her wedding to Count Evrard of Limburg-Stirum in 1957; see another view of the Art Deco tiara from the wedding over here!


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



It's time for our final contest of the week—and it's a doozy!

27 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mary's Emerald Frame Earrings

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears diamond and emerald frame earrings (with the Godman Necklace) for a state banquet in honor of President Chirac of France at Windsor Castle, November 2004; the earrings are likely Queen Mary's Diamond Frame Earrings, worn with emerald drops


The Daily Diadem: Queen Margherita's Mellerio Floral Tiara

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Queen Margherita of Italy wears her diamond floral tiara, made by Mellerio, in a formal portrait taken ca. 1888; the tiara now resides in Tokyo as part of the Albion Art Institute


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Brabant Laurel vs Imperial Chrysanthemum



Which floral sparkler will win this round of competition?

26 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mary's Diamond Frame Earrings

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears a pair of diamond frame and drop earrings (with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara and the Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace) for the CHOGM Dinner in Trinidad and Tobago, November 2009; there have been persuasive arguments that these earrings were made from a brooch worn by Queen Mary


The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara

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Queen Maxima (then Princess Maxima) of the Netherlands wears the Mellerio Ruby Parure Tiara (with the brooch from the Ruby Peacock Parure) for a gala celebrating King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden's 60th birthday in Stockholm, April 2006; more on the tiara over here!


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Vladimir (Widowed) vs Stuart



Will it be the heirloom Romanov sparkler or the priceless Dutch diamond tiara?

25 January 2021

The Evening Earring: The Queen's Diamond Frame Earrings

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Queen's Diamond Frame Earrings for the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, October 2018; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: The Mellerio Shell Tiara

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Queen Sofia of Spain wears the Mellerio Shell Tiara for the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden in Stockholm, June 2010; more on the tiara over here!


Diamond Tiara Tournament: Alexandra's Kokoshnik vs Floral Aigrette



Will it be the wall of diamonds or the wreath of flowers?

24 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Grace's Wedding Gift Pearl Earrings

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears the diamond and pearl earrings and necklace that belonged to her mother, Princess Grace, for the Rose Ball, March 2019; more on the pearl suite over here!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears Queen Josefina's Diamond Tiara (with earrings that belonged to Queen Alexandra, as well as Queen Maud's Drapers' Company Brooch) for a state banquet at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon, May 2008; more on the important royal tiara over here!


Diamond Tiara Tournament: The Elite Eight Preview!



We're getting close to crowning a champion in our Diamonds Are Forever Tiara Tournament! Here's a preview of our Elite Eight round...

23 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Caroline's Diamond Art Deco Earrings

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Princess Caroline wears a pair of Art Deco-style diamond earrings for the National Day gala in November 2009; she's worn the earrings on other occasions, including an appearance at the Red Cross Ball in 2000


The Daily Diadem: The Maltese Cross Bandeau

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the bandeau base of the Maltese Cross Tiara for the American-Scandinavian Foundation's annual gala in New York, October 2002; more on the unusual tiara over here!


Museum Week: Grand Duchess Alexandra's Faberge Tiara

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I've had so much fun with this virtual tour of royal tiaras in museums, I thought I'd give us one more bonus stop! Today, we're circling back to Houston, where we find another royal tiara made by Fabergé. This time, the tiara's owner was a German-British princess who married a Romanov descendant.

22 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Caroline's Pink Statement Earrings

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears a pair of round statement earrings set with crystals in shades of pink and purple for the National Day gala, November 2011; Caroline has been wearing these earrings for gala occasions for years, including appearances at the Red Cross Ball in 2007 and the Rose Ball in 2008


The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Daisy Bandeau

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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway wears the Diamond Daisy Bandeau for a pre-wedding dinner for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Countess Stephanie of Lannoy, October 2012; more on the tiara over here!


Museum Week: The Fife Tiara

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Our virtual tour of royal tiaras in museums around the world today moves across the city of London to Kensington Palace. There, we're going to spend some time with one of the most dazzling British royal tiaras of all: the Fife Tiara.

21 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Grace's Cartier Coffee Bean Earrings

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears the earrings, necklace, and bracelet from Princess Grace's Cartier Coffee Bean Suite for the presentation of Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, January 2015; more on the set over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Modern Gold Parure Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the Modern Gold Parure Tiara (plus its accompanying earrings and necklace) in its gold and diamond setting for an official dinner at the presidential palace in Warsaw, May 2012; more on the suite of jewelry over here!


Museum Week: Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet

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Our tour of royal tiaras in museums this week has taken us to Houston, to Washington, D.C., and to Paris. Today, we're traveling to London, where we find Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet in the spotlight at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here's a little history behind this iconic tiara.

20 January 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Caroline's Multi-Colored Earrings

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Princess Caroline of Monaco wears a pair of statement earrings set with several colors of semi-precious gemstones for the Rose Ball in Monte-Carlo, March 2010; the earrings have been in Caroline's jewelry box for more than two decades


The Daily Diadem: Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara

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Queen Sonja of Norway wears the full setting of (the replica of) Queen Maud's Pearl Tiara for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden, June 2015; more on the tiara's history here!


Museum Week: The Angouleme Emerald Tiara

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So far, museum week has brought us tiaras linked to Empress Josephine of France and her successor, Empress Marie Louise. Today, we've got a look at a tiara that also belonged to a very important French royal woman from the same era: the diamond and emerald tiara that belonged to the Duchess of Angoulême.

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!