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!


95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 6 (1940s-February 1952)

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As Princess Elizabeth approached the dawn of her reign, her jewelry collection grew once more. Our celebration continues with some of the jewels she received in the late 1940s and at the beginning of her reign in 1952.

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 5 (November 1947)

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Our celebration of the upcoming 95th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II continues today with yet another collection of jewels that she received as wedding presents in November 1947. The wedding gift haul was extensive, and this still barely scratches the surface!

30 March 2021

The Evening Earring: The Danish Diamond Floral Suite Earrings

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Queen Margrethe II of Denmark wears the diamond floral earrings from the Danish crown jewel collection (with the necklace and [unseen] brooch from the same suite, plus the Danish Floral Aigrette) for the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; see the earrings, which date to 1840, displayed at Rosenborg Castle here!


95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 4 (November 1947)

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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth weren't the only royals who gave Princess Elizabeth lavish wedding gifts in November 1947! Our survey continues with a look at some of the bejeweled gifts offered to the future queen by her grandmother, Queen Mary—all of which came from Mary's own wedding gift collection.

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 3 (November 1947)

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Our celebration of the Queen's upcoming 95th birthday continues with a look at some of the jewels she received from her husband, her parents, and her mother-in-law as wedding presents way back in November 1947. What do you get a princess as a wedding gift? Here are some ideas...

29 March 2021

The Evening Earrings: Queen Wilhelmina's Diamond Earrings

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears Queen Wilhelmina's Diamond Earrings (with Queen Emma's Diamond Tiara) for a state dinner in New Zealand, November 2016; Queen Wilhelmina never wore the earrings, which she received from her father on her ninth birthday with additional diamond jewels, including the convertible Dutch Diamond Festoon Necklace


95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 2 (March-April 1947)

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, then Princess Elizabeth, sits for her official 21st birthday portrait in April 1947 (AFP via Getty Images)


Our celebration of 95 of the jewels worn by the Queen during her 95 years continues this afternoon with five pieces that she received in March and April 1947, at the time of her 21st birthday and during her landmark visit to Africa. It was during that royal tour that the princess announced to a global audience on the radio that her "whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service."

95 Years, 95 Jewels: Part 1 (1930s-1940s)

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, then Princess Elizabeth, photographed ca. 1945 (AFP via Getty Images)


In April, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom celebrates a remarkable milestone: her 95th birthday. To celebrate, we're going to begin the month with a week-long series on her jewels, highlighting 95 pieces from her incredible royal jewelry collection.

We originally surveyed these jewels five years ago, when the Queen turned 90. I'm revisiting the series this week with a fresh eye, with new photos and new pieces. A reminder, of course, that this is far from an exhaustive list of the Queen's collection. Rather, this is a chronological overview of examples of jewelry from throughout the Queen's life, showing how the collection evolved over the years. Enjoy!

28 March 2021

The Nightly Necklace: The Duchess of Cornwall's Aquamarine Necklace

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The Duchess of Cornwall wears an aquamarine and diamond necklace at the Classical Brit Awards in London, May 2009; more on her necklace collection here!


The Daily Diadem: The Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Tiara

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Queen of Australia wears the tiara and jewels from the Brazilian Aquamarine Parure for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Dinner in Perth, October 2011; more on the suite over here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Week Four Results!



We've got all the results from this week's stylized bracket votes!

27 March 2021

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Fabiola's Aquamarine Pendant Necklace

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Queen Fabiola of Belgium wears her Art Deco-style diamond necklace with its astonishing aquamarine pendant for the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Asturias (now King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain) in Madrid, May 2004; Fabiola often wore the necklace with her Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara


The Daily Diadem: Grand Duchess Alexandra's Faberge Tiara

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An aquamarine and diamond tiara, made by Fabergé in 1904 for Grand Duchess Alexandra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, is displayed ahead of its sale at Christie's in Geneva, May 2019; more on the tiara (including its current home!) over here!


Royal Visit Jewels: Charles and Camilla in Greece

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Here's a sure sign that things around the world are beginning to get a bit brighter: the British royals undertook a foreign visit this week! Here are all the jewels we spotted during the official visit to Greece by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

26 March 2021

The Nightly Necklace: The Duchess of Cornwall's Aquamarine and Pearl Choker Necklace

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The Duchess of Cornwall wears a pearl choker necklace with an elaborate aquamarine, gold, and diamond clasp for the second day of Royal Ascot, June 2019; more on the necklace here!


The Daily Diadem: Lady Hesketh's Cartier Aquamarine Tiara

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A diamond and aquamarine tiara, made by Cartier in 1910 for Christian, Lady Hesketh, is displayed at Sotheby's ahead of its sale in Geneva, May 2007; see the tiara on display in Australia over here!


The Chaumet Lacis Tiara for a Romanov Bride

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A member of the House of Romanov is getting married later this year, and the bride will be wearing a grand diamond tiara for the occasion. Here's what we know about Victoria Romanovna Bettarini and her Chaumet wedding tiara...

25 March 2021

The Nightly Necklace: Queen Juliana's Aquamarine Pendant Necklace

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Queen Beatrix (now Princess Beatrix) of the Netherlands wears Queen Juliana's Aquamarine Pendant Necklace during an official visit to Turkey, June 2012; more on the necklace here!


The Daily Diadem: The Fouquet Aquamarine Tiara

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A pearl, diamond, and aquamarine tiara, worn most prominently by the Duchess of Kent and featuring a series of brooches made in 1908 by Georges Fouquet, is displayed at Sotheby's in Geneva ahead of its sale at auction, November 2014; the tiara sold for more than $200,000


Floral Tiara Tournament: Queen Josefina vs Poltimore



Our final contest of the first round kicks off right now!

24 March 2021

The Nightly Necklace: Princess Anne's Aquamarine Art Deco Pendant Necklace

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The Princess Royal wears her Aquamarine Art Deco Pendant Necklace for a garden party at Buckingham Palace, June 2014; she often pairs the necklace with this aquamarine pinecone brooch, which was originally part of her Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara


The Daily Diadem: Princess Paley's Cartier Aquamarine Tiara

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The diamond and aquamarine tiara made by Cartier in 1912 for Princess Olga Paley, wife of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, is displayed ahead of its sale at Sotheby's in Geneva, May 2009; the tiara sold at auction for approximately $512,014 USD


Floral Tiara Tournament: Mary's Honeysuckle vs Japanese Honeysuckle



Which of these stylized honeysuckle tiaras will win the day?

23 March 2021

The Nightly Necklace: Crown Princess Mary's Aquamarine Choker Necklace

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears her aquamarine, pearl, and sapphire choker necklace (with her diamond wedding tiara and aquamarine earrings) for a gala celebrating the 60th birthday of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm, April 2006; more on the necklace here!


The Daily Diadem: The Koch Aquamarine Kokoshnik

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The Koch Aquamarine Kokoshnik is displayed at Christie's in London ahead of its private sale in December 2017; learn more about the tiara (and its Romanov roots) over here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Sirkit's Floral Bandeau vs Burmese Ruby



Two modern ruby floral tiaras are matched up in this round!

22 March 2021

The Nightly Necklace: The Luxembourg Aquamarine Parure Necklace

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg wears the necklace, earrings, and bracelet from the family's aquamarine parure during the 80th birthday celebrations for King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway in Oslo, May 2017; more on the aquamarines here!


The Daily Diadem: The Ligne Aquamarine Tiara

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


Floral Tiara Tournament: Naasut vs Ogilvy



It's time for the first contest from our stylized region!

21 March 2021

The Evening Earring: Crown Princess Mary's Aquamarine Girandoles

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears her diamond and aquamarine girandole earrings for the American-Scandinavian Foundation Dinner in New York, March 2009; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: Queen Victoria's Sapphire Coronet

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A diamond and sapphire coronet that was designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria, ca. 1840s, is displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, April 2019; more on the tiara here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Week Three Results!



The votes have been tallied in our third week of floral tiara contests!

20 March 2021

The Evening Earring: Princess Diana's Aquamarine Earrings

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Diana, Princess of Wales wears her diamond and aquamarine earrings for a Moulin Rouge performance at the Savoy Hotel in London, March 1989; more on her aquamarines here!


The Daily Diadem: The Hanoverian Shamrock Tiara

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A diamond tiara with a shamrock and festoon design, made around 1900, is displayed ahead of its sale at the Dorotheum, May 2019; the tiara, which belonged to the former royal family of Hanover, sold at auction in Salzburg for $48,000


Queen Maud's Aquamarine Brooch

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One of the most luminous aquamarines in the Norwegian royal vaults is set in a lovely brooch worn by Crown Princess Mette-Marit. Today, we've got a little bit of backstory on the piece.

19 March 2021

The Evening Earring: The Brazilian Aquamarine Parure Earrings

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the earrings and necklace from the Brazilian Aquamarine Parure for a dinner at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., May 2007; more on the suite over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Flanders Tiara

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Princess Marie, Countess of Flanders wears a diamond and pearl tiara with a trefoil design in a formal portrait, ca. 1911; more on the tiara over here!


A Norwegian Tiara Surprise

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One of our lovely readers has tipped me off to a Norwegian tiara surprise! Here's a closer look at an unexpected appearance from one of the family's diamond and pearl tiaras.

18 March 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Mathilde's Aquamarine Earrings

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Queen Mathilde of the Belgians wears diamond earrings with aquamarine drops for the 18th birthday celebrations for her daughter, the Duchess of Brabant, in Brussels, October 2019; more over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Duchess of Argyll's Trefoil Tiara

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Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll wears a diamond trefoil tiara with an elaborate ballgown as she departs for a coronation ball, June 1953; see her wearing the tiara with her coronation robes here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Turquoise Daisy vs Diamond Daisy



Our final contest of the week is a daisy duel!

17 March 2021

The Evening Earring: The Dutch Aquamarine Briolette Earrings

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears long diamond earrings with aquamarine briolette pendants to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, August 2014; more on the earrings, which belonged to Queen Juliana, over here!


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 (with pearls and chandelier earrings) to the State Opening of Parliament, ca. 1935; more on the tiara over here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Imperial Chrysanthemum vs Teck Crescent



Large floral blossoms take center stage with these tiaras!

16 March 2021

The Evening Earring: The Duchess of Cambridge's Diamond and Aquamarine Earrings

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The Duchess of Cambridge wears her diamond and aquamarine earrings for an Easter Sunday service at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney, April 2014; more on the earrings 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 over here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Strathmore Rose vs Heathcote



Two floral tiaras with British aristocratic roots face off in this contest!

15 March 2021

The Evening Earring: Queen Letizia's Bulgari Aquamarines

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Queen Letizia of Spain wears diamond and aquamarine earrings from Bulgari for the Cervantes Prize Award Ceremony in Alcala de Henares, April 2016; more on the earrings here!


The Daily Diadem: The Prussian Clover Coronet

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Empress Auguste Viktoria of Germany wears the Prussian Clover Coronet in a portrait, 1913; more on the towering German tiara over here!