United Kingdom

Ascot Appreciation – Alexandra and Autumn

We're talking about two of our favorites today - Princess Alexandra of Kent and Autumn Phillips. Both have attended Ascot for years, and usually turn up looking great. Here are my faves and not-so-faves for these two lovely ladies. Princess Alexandra of Kent Favorite: While we can't see the entirety of this outfit, from what… Continue reading Ascot Appreciation – Alexandra and Autumn

Greece

In Defense of the Tiara – Greek Emeralds

We're taking a detour down to the Mediterranean this go around, discussing the Greek Emerald Tiara. Yes, I picked this picture just for the necklace... The Facts This one goes back to Queen Olga of Greece, who brought these magnificent (and enormous) cabochon emeralds with her on her marriage to King George I in 1867.… Continue reading In Defense of the Tiara – Greek Emeralds

Britain

In Defense of the Brooch – QEII’s Grima Ruby

This one raised some eyebrows on OC's ROYGBIV - Red Jewels post last year, so we thought we'd have some fun with it. This carved ruby and diamond brooch set in yellow gold was given to Queen Elizabeth in 1966 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The brooch was made by jeweler Andrew Grima, and… Continue reading In Defense of the Brooch – QEII’s Grima Ruby

Sweden · Tiaras

In Defense of the Tiara – The Cameo

Time for a perennial love it or hate it tiara...the Swedish Cameo Tiara. This one dates back to the coronation of Napoleon, apparently made for Josephine by the court's jeweler Marie-Étienne Nitot. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'LpurdK8oR5dnYMdvioZBoA',sig:'YYauhF2FKJjEx0O59zvDS3KC_Rno73eIduY6H5KUpEM=',w:'395px',h:'594px',items:'102223673',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Upon Josephine's death in 1814, it seems her son, Eugene inherits the tiara. Eugene was… Continue reading In Defense of the Tiara – The Cameo

Denmark · Japan · Netherlands · Tiaras

Battle of the Tiaras – Star Edition

And here we are again...time for a Battle. Side note: anyone remember Celebrity Deathmatch from MTV in the 90s? For some reason this reminds me of that...without the death or bad claymation... As The Handbag suggested over on the Japanese Abdication post we are going to put some star tiaras up against each other. Máxima's… Continue reading Battle of the Tiaras – Star Edition