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ROYGBIV–Black, White, & Black and White jewelry

It’s Thursday and it’s time for our combo platter of black, white, and black & white jewelry! If you’d like a refresher on all of our ROYGBIV categories, please search for ROYGBIV in the Search the Handbag featured on the right side of your screen. Let’s get to work!

France

Marie Antoinette’s pearl pendant is just WOW. I love how the pearl is an irregular shape.

And this stunning tiara from Charles X is so symbolic. I can only hope that somehow Felipe has managed to get his hands on this piece for the next sovereign from the House of Bourbon with these amazing fleurs-de-lys. It’d be a great 18th birthday gift for Leonor, no?

And a pearl favorite, the Murat tiara. Another gorgeous piece sold by Sotheby’s in 2012. You can read more about this piece at Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor.

Egypt

Fawzia of Egypt had this absolutely jawdropping tiara and necklace set from Van Cleef & Arpels. Both pieces are double deckers, of sorts. All the more sparkle, I say!

India

The collections of the Nizams of Hyderabad give us a look at this whopper of a diamond necklace. Look through the photos to see the hinges on the back.

Britain

The duchy of Roxburghe had many, many pretty things to see, but this particular piece always catches my eye.

Plus they had this really fun Valkyrie! I would wear this in a heartbeat.

From the same island, we have my favorite brooch, possibly ever in the Jardine Star.

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🇬🇧 Jardine Star Brooch 🇬🇧 Oggi la Regina ha indossato una delle sue spille preferite, la Jardine Star Brooch, per il quarto giorno del Royal Ascot. Questa spilla fu donata ad Elisabetta II da Lady Jardine nel 1981. La spilla a stella in diamanti risale alla fine del XIX secolo 💎👑💎 Today the Queen wore one of her favourite brooches, the Jardine Star Brooch, for the 4th day of Royal Ascot. This brooch was gifted to Elizabeth II by Lady Jardine in 1981. The diamond star brooch dates back to the end of the 19th century 🇬🇧 @theroyalfamily (if you want to make your eyes shine 😍💎 swipe left ⬅️ for more photos) #ascot #royalascot #thequeen #queenelizabeth #diamond #jewels #brooch #brooches #royaljewels #instaroyals #britishroyalfamily #royalfamily #royal #royalty #royals #britishroyals #britishroyalty #britishroyal #britishstyle #britishmonarchy #uk #unitedkingdom #dnaroyals

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And last, but not least, a bit of mourning jewelry from Victoria. You can learn more here at Art of Mourning.

Netherlands

Maxima’s costume jewelry includes these earrings and brooch that I think are solid entries into the non-mourning black jewelry division. The brooch is especially solid.

I am very fond of the Dutch Laurel Wreath tiara. It’s a really solid and I think very underrated tiara, and I hope we see it again on the Princess of Orange when she comes of age.

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In ancient Greece, victorious athletes were crowned with wreaths of laurel leaves. Laurel wreaths have been Western cultural symbols of victory for centuries since, so it shouldn't be surprising that the wealthy and powerful have often commissioned their own diamond versions of laurel wreaths. The style is still so associated with ancient Greece that, in French, these tiaras are often called bandeaux à la grecque.The laurel wreath tiara is one of the oldest pieces in the Dutch collection, but there are two competing theories about its arrival in the family’s vaults. One posits that the tiara originally belonged to Princess Louise of Orange-Nassau, the sister of King Willem I of the Netherlands. The other theory suggests that the tiara was made in the early nineteenth century but purchased by the Dutch royals much later. According to this narrative of the tiara's history, it was acquired in the 1950s by Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard and given to Princess Beatrix to celebrate her eighteenth birthday. Whether it was newly purchased or dug out of the depths of the family’s collection, Beatrix did indeed receive the tiara as a birthday gift, and she wore it regularly as a young princess. She also shared the tiara with two of her sisters, Princess Margriet and Princess Christina.In recent years, however, the focus has been on the Dutch brides who have worn the tiara. Laurentien Brinkhorst wore the diadem at her wedding to Beatrix’s son, Prince Constantijn, in 2001. And Princess Irene's daughter, Princess Carolina of Bourbon-Parma, wore it at her 2012 wedding to Albert Brenninkmeijer. #dutchroyaljewels #tiara #diadem #diamonds #diamond #wreaths #leaves #greekstyle #bandeaux #dutch #royals #foundation #vault #historical #jewels #jewelry #queen #queenmaxima #beatrix

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Sweden & Norway

A mourning tiara from a lady of many names Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, who was queen of both countries for different amounts of times.

Monaco

I end on one of my favorite notes. The Ocean Foam is simply sublime. Gimme.

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#dnaroyalsarchive 🇲🇨 Diamond Foam Tiara 🇲🇨 Questa tiara di diamanti è stata realizzata nel 2011 dal gioielliere Lorenz Bäumer di Parigi per la Principessa Charlene di Monaco. Comprende quasi 60 carati di diamanti in una montatura in oro bianco. La tiara può essere smontata per diventare una spilla grande o piccola. La Principessa Charlene l'ha ricevuta come regalo di nozze dal marito, il Principe Alberto II. L’ha indossata per la prima volta alla cena di gala del suo matrimonio 💎👑💎 This diamond tiara was made by jeweler Lorenz Bäumer of Paris for Princess Charlene of Monaco in 2011. It includes almost 60 carats of diamonds in a white gold setting. The tiara can disassemble to become a large or small brooch. Princess Charlene received it as a wedding gift from her husband, Prince Albert II. She wore it for the first time at gala dinner of her wedding 🇲🇨 @hshprincesscharlene @lorenzbaumer (if you want to make your eyes shine 😍💎 swipe left ⬅️ for more photos) #charlenedemonaco #charlenewittstock #princesscharleneofmonaco #princesscharlene #diamond #diamonds #tiara #royaltiara #royaljewels #jewels #lorenzbaumer #grimaldi #grimaldifamily #houseofgrimaldi #monegasqueprincelyfamily #monacoroyalfamily #monegasqueroyals #monacoroyals #instaroyals #royal #royals #royalty #principautedemonaco #monaco #montecarlo #dnaroyals

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What say you about these pieces? Do you have other favorites? Were you able to find more examples of non-mourning black jewels? Show us your favorites in the comments!

Programming note: Next week we will explore Silver & Gray clothing. Start your research engines!