On Christmas Day in 1888, Queen Emma of the Netherlands received an astonishing gift: one of the most magnificent parures of jewelry ever owned by a member of the Dutch royal family. Today, we’ve got a closer look at this royal ruby tiara and its coordinating jewels. If only we could all get something similar under the tree today!
Today is Christmas Eve, and for me the day is always a time for stopping to reflect on the things in my life for which I’m most grateful. This year, as always, that list includes all of you. You’ve taken the time to read the articles shared each day here on the site, you weathered a major website move earlier this year like absolute champions, and you’ve shared your kind thoughts and comments here daily. The Court Jeweller would be nothing without its readers, and I am eternally grateful that you’ve chosen to share a little bit of each of your days here with me. I can only hope that I’ve managed to bring a little beauty and brightness into your world this year!
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy holiday season, no matter how you celebrate. I’ll be back here tomorrow with a rather fun little Christmas tiara tale, and we’ll take a close look at the Queen’s sentimental Christmas message brooch on Sunday, but in the meantime, I’ve also gathered up some of my favorite Christmas articles from our archives to provide you with some extra sparkle. Please enjoy, and know that I’m hoping each and every one of you has a wonderful holiday!
Lauren (Ella Kay)
Each year in Monaco, the Grimaldis gather at the Palais Princier for their annual Christmas tree celebration. The festivities include the distribution of gifts to local children, with the members of the princely family playing Santa Claus. Today, we’ve got a look back at the party held 45 years ago, when Princess Grace wore her best pearls for the occasion.