Jewels of the Royal World

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

Britain

Battle of the Chokers – Duchess of Cornwall

This is just a sample of the necklaces of the Duchess of Cornwall that could be described as chokers. I grabbed the ones I thought might make for an interesting discussion, but feel free to spam the comments with more of her collection. After all, this royal could be described as the current "Queen of… Continue reading Battle of the Chokers – Duchess of Cornwall

Netherlands

Battle of the (Sort of) Chokers – Queen Maxima

Because we must include the jewel-whisperer Queen Maxima in our "Battle of the Choker" series, we expanded the definition to include short necklaces. We had to. Max is just that good with the jewels. The Peacock Necklace Wilhelmina commissioned the necklace as part of the Peacock Parure, Juliana wore it for her coronation, Princess Irene… Continue reading Battle of the (Sort of) Chokers – Queen Maxima

Britain

Battle of the Chokers – Queen Alexandra Division

Queen Alexandra was well-known for making the dog collar necklace a stylish accessory. It was said she adopted the style to hide a scar on her neck. Often she would just stack-em-up, and fashion a multi-layered choker out of several shortened necklaces. She was rarely photographed with her neck uncovered, and thus this style became… Continue reading Battle of the Chokers – Queen Alexandra Division