04 March 2021

The Bedtime Brooch: The Australian Opal Spray Brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Australian Opal Spray Brooch for the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, March 2016; more on the brooch here!


The Daily Diadem: The Luxembourg Aquamarine Bandeau

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg wears the bandeau and earrings from the family's aquamarine parure (plus one of their rose brooches) for the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, May 2004; more on the tiara over here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Floral Aigrette vs Isenburg Floral



Will it be the flowers from Denmark or from Germany?

03 March 2021

The Bedtime Brooch: The Colombo Floral Brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Colombo Floral Brooch to inspect the guard at the Royal Military College Duntroon during a visit to Canberra, October 2011; more on the brooch over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara

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Queen Fabiola of Belgium wears the aquamarine wreath setting of her Spanish Wedding Gift Tiara during a state visit to the United Kingdom, May 1963; see more jewels from the same visit here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Spanish Floral vs Floral Birthday



Two naturalistic floral sprays meet up in this competition!

02 March 2021

The Bedtime Brooch: The Queen Mother's Australian Hibiscus Brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Queen Mother's Australian Hibiscus Brooch to inspect an honor guard in Bratislava, October 2008; more on the brooch over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Dutch Aquamarine Tiara

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Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Dutch Aquamarine Tiara (with earrings and necklace from the same married parure) for a reception for the diplomatic corps in Amsterdam, April 2018; more on the tiara over here!


Floral Tiara Tournament: Hanoverian Floral vs Braganza



It's time for our first contest of the Floral Tiara Tournament!

01 March 2021

The Bedtime Brooch: The Graving Dock Diamond Brooch

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom wears the Graving Dock Diamond Brooch for the Commonwealth Reception at Marlborough House in London, March 2014; more on the South African diamonds over here!


The Daily Diadem: The Swedish Aquamarine Bandeau

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden wears the Swedish Aquamarine Bandeau (with the drops from the Connaught Diamond Tiara in their necklace setting) for the wedding of Princess Martha Louise of Norway in Trondheim, May 2002; more on the bandeau over here!


The Floral Tiara Tournament!



Spring is coming soon here at The Court Jeweller HQ in the northern hemisphere, and the thought of bright blooming gardens has inspired me. You've all waited patiently, and now I'm excited to introduce our latest tiara voting contest: the Floral Tiara Tournament!

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!