Japanese New Year’s Reception 2019

Emperor Akihito (wearing the Sash, Star and Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum) and Empress Michiko of Japan were accompanied by Crown Prince Naruhito (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum), Crown Princess Masako (wearing the Pearl Sunburst Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Prince Akishino (in the Order of the Chrysanthemum) and Princess Kiko (wearing her Wedding Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Princess Mako (in her 20th-Birthday Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), Princess Kako (wearing her Diamond Tiara and the Order of the Precious Crown), and extended members of the Imperial Family (in their Personal Tiaras and the Order of the Precious Crown) at the annual Ceremony of New Year’s Celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 1st. This was the last New Year’s Reception of the Reign of Emperor Akihito, ahead of his Abdication in April, and the first time the Crown Princess attended the public Audience in over 15 years. Continue reading

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Queen Alexandrine’s Fringe Tiara

Today marks the Anniversary of the birth of Queen Alexandrine of Denmark, the grandmother of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, who was born on this day in 1879. To mark the day, we are taking a look at her trademark Fringe Tiara-

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Bavarian Lover’s Knot Tiara

Today marks the bicentenary of the birth of Queen Amalia of Greece, born Duchess Amalia of Oldenburg on this day in 1818, who was the Queen Consort of King Otto I of Greece from 1836 to 1862, and spent the rest of her life in exile in the King’s native Bavaria. To mark the occasion, we are taking a look at the Bavarian Lover’s Knot Tiara, a piece not only worn by Queen Amalia but also one I’ve been wanting to feature for a long time. Continue reading

Jewels of the Countess of Romanones

Today marks the Anniversary of the death of Aline Griffith, Countess of Romanones, who passed away on this day in 2017, at the age of 94. The American-born Spanish Countess had served as a spy during WWII and later for the CIA, and was a glamorous socialite who was friends with the Duchess of Windsor (who she once involved in a plot), Princess Grace of Monaco, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy among others. A member of the International Best Dressed List since 1962, the late Countess had a large collection of magnificent jewels, a couple of which she auctioned at Sotheby’s in Geneva in 2011. Continue reading

Marchioness of Londonderry’s Tiaras

Today marks the 140th Anniversary of Edith Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the 7th Marchioness of Londonderry, who was an influential society hostess throughout much of the first half of the 20th century. The Anglo Irish Vane-Tempest-Stewart have have produced a plethora of politicians and socialites, Lady Annabel Goldsmith is the daughter of the 8th Marquess, and Edith was one of a long line of prominent Marchionesses of Londonderry who entertained at the family seats of Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland and Wynyard Park in County Durham as well as the famous Londonderry House in London, all of which no longer belong to the current Marquess. To mark the anniversary of her birth, we are taking a look at the Jewels of the Marchionesses of Londonderry- Continue reading