28 February 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Josefina's Diamond Stomacher Earrings

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Princess Sofia of Sweden wears diamond earrings made from a stomacher that belonged to Queen Josefina (plus her own diamond and emerald palmette tiara) on her wedding day, June 2015; more on the original stomacher over here!


The Daily Diadem: Princess Andrew's Meander Bandeau

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Zara Phillips Tindall wears Princess Andrew's Meander Bandeau (with the Princess Royal's Diamond Frame Earrings) on her wedding day in Edinburgh, July 2011; more on the tiara over here!


Royal Purple Amethyst Brooches

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Purple has long been a color associated with royalty, so it should come as no surprise that gorgeous purple amethysts are featured in some truly gorgeous royal brooches. Today, I've got a roundup of some of my favorite royal amethyst brooches—with one fit for royalty thrown in, too.

27 February 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Letizia's Wedding Earrings

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Queen Letizia of Spain (then Princess of Asturias) wears diamond earrings (and the Prussian Tiara) on her wedding day in Madrid, May 2004; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: Princess Anne's Festoon Tiara

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


The Kochert Amethyst and Gold Parure

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Okay—we've got just enough time to squeeze a few more amethysts into February! Today, we've got a closer look at a unique gold and amethyst parure that was sold at Sotheby's in 2019.

26 February 2021

The Evening Earring: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa's Diamond Drop Earrings

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Princess Claire of Luxembourg wears Grand Duchess Maria Teresa's Diamond Drop Earrings (with the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara) on her wedding day in Saint-Maximin-La-Sainte-Baume, France, September 2013; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: The George IV Diamond Diadem

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the George IV Diamond Diadem (with the Coronation Diamonds and the Edinburgh Wedding Bracelet) for a silver wedding anniversary portrait with the Duke of Edinburgh, November 1972; more on the diadem over here!


Queen Mary's Chain-Link Bracelets

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Queen Elizabeth II's gala jewelry uniform includes several specific pieces: a tiara, a necklace, a pair of earrings, a brooch, an evening watch, and a bracelet. She rotates several bracelets from her collection, and one of the largest and easiest to recognize is Queen Mary's Chain-Link Bracelet, which is part of a matched pair.

25 February 2021

The Evening Earring: The Vasa Earrings

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden wears the Vasa Earrings (with the Modern Fringe Tiara) on her wedding day, June 2013; more on the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: Princess Andrew's Aquamarine Tiara



Princess Alice of Battenberg (Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark) wears her diamond and aquamarine tiara in a court portrait, ca. 1904; more on the tiara over here!


Amazing Amethyst Tiaras

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As February draws to a close, I thought it would be the perfect moment for a survey of some of the royal and noble tiaras set with lovely amethysts. Enjoy!

24 February 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mathilde's Wedding Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears diamond and pearl earrings (with Queen Elisabeth's Art Deco Bandeau) during her wedding to King Philippe, December 1999; see another view of the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Victoria's Emerald and Diamond Tiara

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Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (later Victoria Mountbatten, Marchioness of Milford Haven) wears a diamond and emerald tiara borrowed from her grandmother, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, for a costumed event, ca. 1880; more on the tiara over here!


Bejeweled Close-Ups: The Napoleonic Amethysts

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There are amethyst jewels, and then there are the amethysts owned by the Bernadottes of Sweden. This magnificent parure of diamonds and amethysts dates to the Napoleonic era. (You can read more on their history over here!) The set's relatively simple design, and the absolutely luscious royal purple color of the amethysts, means that it's a favorite with the royals—and worn often in various configurations. Today, I've got some closer view of the stones for you to enjoy!

23 February 2021

The Evening Earring: Crown Princess Mary's Wedding Earrings

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears a pair of Marianne Dulong earrings made of platinum set with diamonds and South Sea pearls on her wedding day in Copenhagen, May 2004; more on the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Hesse Strawberry Leaf Tiara

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Princess Alice of the United Kingdom wears the Hesse Strawberry Leaf Tiara in a formal court portrait with her husband, Prince Louis of Hesse and by Rhine, taken by John Jabez Edwin Mayal, May 1863; more on the tiara over here!


A Faberge Scandal Is Brewing in St. Petersburg

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Delicate, ornate works made in the workshop of Fabergé are among the most sought-after art objects in the world—which means that there's also a healthy market for Fabergé fakes. Questions over the authenticity of some Fabergé pieces have come to light recently in Russia, in a growing scandal involving a famous museum, an oligarch, and a skeptical art dealer.

22 February 2021

The Evening Earring: The Swedish Cameo Earrings

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the earrings (as well as the tiara and bracelet) from the family's Cameo Parure on her wedding day, June 2010; more on the set over here!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet



Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom wears her Sapphire Coronet in an illustration by Samuel Cousins, ca. 1871; more on the tiara over here!


The Queen Mother's Amethyst Sautoir Necklace

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We've spent all month celebrating jewels set with February's birthstone, the divine amethyst, and jewels that are all about love. Today's piece, the Queen Mother's Amethyst Sautoir Necklace, is a delightful combination of the two. Here's a little history behind the royal necklace.

21 February 2021

The Evening Earring: The Swedish Diamond Floral Earrings

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden wears the Swedish Diamond Floral Earrings (with the Connaught Diamond Tiara) for the Nobel Prize Banquet in Stockholm, December 2018; see another view of the earrings over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Chaumet Choker Tiara

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the Chaumet Choker Tiara in its all-diamond setting (with the Sapphire Necklace Tiara in its necklace form) during the state visit from the King and Queen of the Netherlands, May 2018; more on the tiara here!


Crown Princess Martha's Silver Wedding Earrings

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When Crown Princess Mette-Marit gussies up for a white-tie event, she often selects a specific pair of diamond earrings. And no wonder—these petite diamond chandelier ornaments are seriously sparkling and seriously pedigreed. Here's the story of Crown Princess Märtha's Silver Wedding Earrings.

20 February 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Margrethe II's Daisy Statement Earrings

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears large daisy earrings with a matching brooch at the Chateau de Cayx, August 1996; more over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Sapphire Necklace Tiara

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the Sapphire Necklace Tiara for the New Year Reception, January 2020; more on the tiara here!


Mountbatten Royal Jewels at Auction

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In just about a month, Sotheby's will mount a major auction of items from the estate of the late Patricia Mountbatten, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma. Because she was descended from royalty, there are plenty of bejeweled items included that have royal provenance. Here's a look at some of the pieces that will be sold in London on March 24.

19 February 2021

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

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Queen Mother's Diamond Floral Earrings (with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara and her Diamond Festoon Necklace) for a banquet at Tucker's Point during her visit to Bermuda, November 2009; see the Queen Mum wearing the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Amethyst Bandeau

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the family's amethyst bandeau (with its coordinating necklace and earrings) for the National Day gala, June 2017; more on the tiara here!


Princess Charlene's Infinite Cascade Necklace

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Lots of the jewels we see worn during royal wedding celebrations date back decades or even centuries, but sometimes we get to enjoy more modern bridal jewels, too. That's the case with today's piece, the Infinite Cascade Necklace, which was designed for a Monegasque princess.

18 February 2021

The Evening Earring: The Daisy Heritage Earrings

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears the Daisy Heritage Earrings from Asprey for a visit to the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, March 2020; more jewels from the Ireland visit here!


The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Citrine and Pearl Bandeau

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the family's citrine and pearl bandeau (with its coordinating earrings and bracelet) for a state banquet during the Belgian state visit, October 2019; more on the tiara over here!


The Nassau Floral Tiara

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The grand ducal family of Luxembourg doesn't just have one dedicated bridal diadem. The members of the large, extended family have used several sparklers as wedding tiaras. Two family brides have chosen today's jewel, the Nassau Floral Tiara, to wear on their wedding days.

17 February 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Letizia's Yanes Flower Earrings

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears a pair of flower earrings for the Miguel de Cervantes Awards in Alcala de Henares, April 2018; the earrings, made by Yanes, also have a coordinating ring


The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Turquoise Tiara

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the family's turquoise tiara with their coordinating earrings and necklace for the National Day gala, June 2018; more on the turquoises here!


The Stories of Sweden's Romantic Cameo Tiara

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The unique gold, pearl, and cameo tiara from the Swedish royal vaults is packed with history and symbolism, from its initial creation story in Napoleonic France to the tales told by the individual cameos in the piece. Today, we're unpacking both, with some fantastic close-up views of the parure.

16 February 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mary's Floret Earrings

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears Queen Mary's Floret Earrings on Garter Day, June 2018; more on the history of the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: The Diamond Butterfly Tiara

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears a Van Cleef and Arpels diamond butterfly tiara with coordinating earrings for the National Day gala, June 2016; see another angle of the tiara here!


Love on the Nile: Egyptian Wedding Jewels of Princess Margaret of Connaught

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One of the most fascinating royal romances of the 20th century belonged to King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden and his first wife, Princess Margaret of Connaught. Today, we've got the story of how the two royals fell in love on the Nile, as well as a look at some of the Egyptian-connected jewels they received as wedding presents a few months later.

15 February 2021

The Evening Earring: The Qatari Pearl Drop Earrings

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears the Qatari Pearl Drop Earrings for a performance by the London City Ballet in Oslo just after announcing her second pregnancy, 13 February 1984; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: The Lannoy Tiara

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the Lannoy Tiara, an heirloom jewel from her family, for her wedding to Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, October 2012; more on the tiara here!


The British Royal Family's Favorite Wedding Tiara

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Our posts this month so far have been focused on love—specifically sparkly royal engagement rings—and we're continuing the theme this week with a closer look at some important royal wedding tiaras. Today, we've got the story of the tiara that has been chosen most often by Windsor family brides: Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara.

14 February 2021

The Evening Earring: The Duchess of Cambridge's Lavender Amethyst Earrings

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears lavender amethyst and diamond earrings from Kiki McDonough during a two-day visit to Bhutan, April 2016; more over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik

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Princess Margaretha of Sweden wears the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik and its coordinating brooch for the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia in Stockholm, June 2015; more on the tiara over here!


A Royal Romanov Souvenir: Queen Mary's Faberge Amethyst Brooch

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A few of our commenters have recently been chatting about a gorgeous amethyst brooch from Queen Mary's collection, so I thought it was an especially appropriate time to fill in some of the piece's backstory for everyone. Here's the story of Queen Mary's Fabergé Amethyst Brooch.

13 February 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Benedikte's Amethyst Earrings

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Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg wears her amethyst earrings and necklace (with the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg Fringe Tiara) for a gala dinner in honor of Queen Margrethe II's 70th birthday at Fredensborg Palace, April 2010; more on the amethysts here!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Mary's Honeysuckle Tiara

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The Duchess of Gloucester wears Queen Mary's Honeysuckle Tiara (with its pink center stone, plus coordinating jewels) for a banquet at the Guildhall in London in honor of the President of Mexico, March 2009; more on the tiara over here!


Queen Amalia's Bavarian Amethyst Parure

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In my mind, there are few things more regal than a classic demi-parure of royal purple amethysts. Today, we've got a closer look at Queen Amalia's Bavarian Amethyst Parure, which was worn by queens in both Germany and Greece.

12 February 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Maxima's Amethyst Drop Earrings

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Queen (then Princess) Maxima of the Netherlands wears her diamond and amethyst drop earrings (with the family's dark purple carved floral brooch) for Prinsjesdag in The Hague, September 2008; the earrings have been in her collection since at least 2007, and she still wears them today


The Daily Diadem: The Chaumet Emerald Tiara

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wears the Chaumet Emerald Tiara (with diamond and emerald earrings and Queen Astrid's Diamond and Emerald Choker Necklace) for the Nobel Prize Banquet in Stockholm, December 2011; more on the tiara here!