Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is celebrating her 50th Birthday next week, so in our typical fashion, we will be featuring her Top 5 Jewels in the days leading up to her Birthday! While Queen Máxima has worn much of the massive jewellery collection of the House of Orange, we will be featuring many of the splendid modern jewels that Queen Máxima has acquired during the past 20 years as a member of the Dutch Royal Family, starting with Queen Máxima’s Tanzanite and Moonstone Suite! Continue reading
Happy Birthday to Princess Basma bint Talal of Jordan, who turns 70 today! The only daughter of King Talal and Queen Zein of Jordan, sister of the late King Hussein and aunt to the King Abdullah II, Princess Basma has been a hardworking royal for decades, so today we are featuring her heirloom Diamond Tiara!
The major European Auction Houses are having their annual spring Royal and Noble Jewellery Sales, and so we are featuring the splendid highlight of the Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale in Geneva this week, the Hohenzollern Sapphire Parure! Continue reading
Today marks the 195th of the Birth of Empress Eugénie of France, who was born on this day in 1826! Doña María Eugenia de Palafox y Kirkpatrick, Countess of Teba and Marchioness of Ardales, popularly known as Eugenia de Montijo, became the Empress of the French after her marriage to Napoleon III, in 1853. The daughter of the Count of Monitjo, the sister of the Duchess of Alba, and the godmother of Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, who married the head of the Bonaparte family, Empress Eugénie lived a very long life dying at age 96, in Madrid. To mark the anniversary, we are featuring her marvellous Andean Emerald Cross, a 45 carat emerald cross that traveled through the French, British and Spanish Royal Collections, in an article written by assistant editor, David Rato, who runs the Spanish Royal Jewels account on Instagram! Continue reading
Today marks the 125th Anniversary of the birth of Queen Helen of Romania, who was born on this day in 1896! The Greek Princess who became the mother of the last King of Romania and was exiled many times from multiple countries, Queen Helen had some stunning jewels, and while we’ve already covered the Romanian Greek Key Tiara, her Bolin Sapphire Brooch and her Fleur-de-Lys Brooch, today, we’re taking a look at one of the most illustrious pieces in her collection, her Russian Sapphire Earrings. Continue reading
Happy Birthday to Lady Sarah Chatto, who turns 57 today! The only daughter of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones, Lord Snowdon, she was born during the Royal Baby Boom of 1964, and is the only niece of Queen Elizabeth II. Inheriting the bulk of her mother’s jewellery collection, Lady Sarah wears quite a lot of special heirloom pieces these days, including Princess Margaret’s Sapphire Earrings!
Tomorrow, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate their 10th Wedding Anniversary! While we have briefly featured this piece in four previous articles in the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, and Duchess of Cambridge’s Tiaras, to mark the anniversary, we are taking an in-depth look at the splendid Cartier Halo Tiara!
Happy Birthday to Princess Muna of Jordan, who turns 80 today! The British commoner who was the as the second wife of King Hussein, she remains a valued member of the Jordanian Royal Family as the mother current King Abdullah II of Jordan. As the Jordanian Queen for 10 years, Princess Muna wore a variety of jewels, so to mark her 80th birthday, we are featuring Princess Muna’s Tiaras (and a necklace)!
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the Death of Princess Margarita of Greece and Hohenlohe-Langenburg, who died on this day in 1981! The eldest sister of the Duke of Edinburgh, who became the Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Princess Margarita possessed a variety of illustrious jewels, so to mark the anniversary today, we are featuring the Hohenlohe-Langenburg Tiaras!
Today marks the 90th anniversary of the death of Infanta Isabel of Spain, Princess of Asturias and Countess of Girgenti, popularly known as La Chata! The eldest daughter of Queen Isabel II, sister of King Alfonso XII and aunt of King Alfonso XIII, who was briefly married to a Prince of the Bourbon Two Sicilies, the Infanta was a beloved member of the Spanish royal family, considered one of the best assets of the monarchy and died at age 79, in exile, in Paris, right after the fall of the monarchy. To mark this anniversary, we are taking a look at one of her most iconic jewels, the Mellerio Shell Tiara, in an article written by our new assistant editor, David Rato, who runs the Spanish Royal Jewels account on Instagram!