Jewels of the Royal World · Spain

Tiara Tales – La Rusa

We are taking a quick break from Designer Diaries to do a deep dive into this fascinating tiara. Thank you to Iselen for this riveting post! This has it all: broken marriages, revolution, intrigue, and drama. You won't be disappointed. The Spanish Royal House has never clarified the origin of any jewel officially, a decision… Continue reading Tiara Tales – La Rusa

China · Jewels of the Royal World

Jewel Journeys – Empress Cixi’s Pearl Cape

This Empress Cixi information was supposed to be one post but between her complicated reign and her amazing pearl cape, there was simply just too much to talk about. The pearl cape gets its own post because it's quite a creation. The Empress was photographed in the early 1900s with Sarah Pike Conger, the American… Continue reading Jewel Journeys – Empress Cixi’s Pearl Cape

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Battle of the Tutti Frutti

In the early 20th century, Cartier was a hive of creative activity. Remember all those blackened steel and crystal tiaras? Jacques Cartier also began experimenting with combining faceted and cabochon colored stones - with some diamond accents - into dense, closely set pieces. The end results were often natural elements, such as stylized flower baskets… Continue reading Battle of the Tutti Frutti

Jewels of the Royal World · Netherlands

Lost Treasures of the Dutch Royal Vault – Van Kempen Parure

Thank you to our Honorary Hofdude Triple AAA for this fascinating post. Most of us are aware that he is our source for all things related to Dutch royal jewels. If you are on Instagram, follow him here: Dutch Royal Jewels. We promise you will not be disappointed! The depth of the Dutch Orange-Nassau vault… Continue reading Lost Treasures of the Dutch Royal Vault – Van Kempen Parure

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Make It Modern – The Brooch Challenge, Part 2

Last week we talked a little about making brooches work for the modern royal, and which pieces would work best in a non-traditional placement, whether it be at the neckline, on the bodice, on the skirt, at the waist, or clustered for effect. This week we'll take a look at the use of brooches as… Continue reading Make It Modern – The Brooch Challenge, Part 2