Princess Margaret: The Court Jeweller Highlights Her Most Captivating Jewelry

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Princess Margaret was Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister and the second daughter of King George VI.

Margarget’s presence was arguably as commanding  (and intimidating) as Her Majesty.  Her life was filled with flash and excitement, and she ran with a very trendy set of people.  The stories of her jewelry are almost as interesting as the life she led.

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I’ve asked my favorite jewelry blogger, The Court Jeweller, to explain the stories behind some of Princess Margaret’s jewelry

What is your favorite piece of jewelry owned by Margaret?

It’s so tough to pick one piece! I love the Lotus Flower Tiara, which is now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, and the gorgeous diamond and sapphire bandeau.

 

But I think I’m going to go with the set of diamond floral brooches given to her by her husband, Lord Snowdon. The set is really versatile and can be worn in lots of various configurations.  Continue reading

Rihanna Wears a $9,000 Dolce & Gabbana Crown Because TIARAS!

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There are certain items that, if left to our own devices, we would splurge on.

Would we wear these items out in public?  Probably not.  However, having them and putting them on in the privacy of your own home is reason enough.

I apply that justification to a knock-off of Catherine’s engagement ring, and – if I had the means – to Dolce & Gabbana’s Napa Leather Rhinestone Headphones with Crown ($8,895).

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Shop The Look: Kate’s Chinese State Visit Outfits

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While my Christmas wish is for you to have a closet full of Catherine’s items, I’m afraid we’ll have to dial it down a bit in terms of price in terms of replicating her looks from the Chinese state dinner on October 20th, followed by a creative showcase at Lancaster House the next day.

Recreate It: Dolce & Gabbana eggplant lace dress with Gianvito Rossi pumps, a suede Mulberry clutch and Mappin & Webb earrings.  Continue reading

Kate Attends Her First State Dinner Wearing The Lotus Flower Tiara

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With every state visit made to the UK, a white tie banquet is part of the itinerary.  As the final touches are put on everything from the distance between plates to the color of each floral bouquet, Her Majesty comes in to approve the staff’s work before putting on her jewelry and welcoming her official guests.

Tonight’s event, however, was a bit more exciting than most since it marked the Duchess of Cambridge‘s very first state dinner.

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Catherine, who returned to work this fall following maternity leave, wore a bespoke red Jenny Packham gown with glittering bracelets and the Lotus Flower tiara, on loan from the Queen, and previously worn by Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

 

The historical piece is also referred to as the “Papyrus Leaf” tiara, according to The Royal Post, and originally belonged to Queen Mary, King George V’s consort.  Continue reading

Queen Elizabeth Breaks Out The Good Jewels For German State Dinner

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Tonight, the Queen attended a state dinner at the 18th century  Bellevue Palace, German President Joachim Gauk’s official residence.  Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh are undertaking a four-day official visit to the country where their ancestors hail from; up until 1918 the House of Windsor was part of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

The Queen wore a tiara we’ve seen many times before, the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland, originally gifted to her grandmother, Queen Mary.   Read the fascinating story behind this tiara. Continue reading

Let’s Learn Some History From Queen Maxima’s Jewelry

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As King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wrap up their official visit to North America, let us learn more about their great nation through the wonder of jewelry.

Queen Maxima was born in Argentina and met the king during the 1999 Seville Spring Fair in Spain.  His Majesty, who was inaugurated in April 2013 when his mother, the now-Princess Beatrix, abdicated in his favor.  Willem-Alexander only introduced himself as “Alexander” at the time, Maxima recalled in an interview, and didn’t reveal his background until they had been dating for a bit.

The couple married in 2002, and  have three daughters.

The Court Jeweller‘s Ella Kay answers my questions about the House of Orange’s most historically significant jewels.  Continue reading

The Most Glorious Photos From Today’s State Opening of Parliament

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Today was yet another example of what Great Britain does best, putting on a display of pomp and pageantry as Her Majesty took part in her 62nd State Opening of Parliament.

 

“The State Opening of Parliament marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen’s Speech sets out the government’s agenda for the coming session, outlining proposed policies and legislation,” the UK’s official Parliament site explains.  “It is the only regular occasion when the three constituent parts of Parliament – the Sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons – meet.”  Continue reading

Jewelry Designer Monica Vinader Creates A Special (and Sparkly) Gift For The Royal Birth

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Retailers the world over have created special items to commemorate Princess Charlotte‘s arrival, and – if we’re being honest – it’s jolly good fun to celebrate a girl because FASHION AND BEAUTY AND SPARKLY JEWELS (soz, George).

British jeweler Monica Vinader, who started her line in 2008 to fuse together fashion and fine jewelry, sketched a personalized necklace for the Duchess of Cambridge featuring her iconic Siren pendants and the new Alphabet range, launching in July.  Continue reading