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

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 Court Jeweller Shares Her Favorite Royal Tiaras

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Like the appeal of a piece of string to a cat, a sparkling object has the power to capture my attention for hours on end.  Add in a bit of history and you’ll see me only when I emerge for mozzarella sticks and Pellegrino.

Because of this, I asked The Court Jewellers Ella Kay to select four royal tiaras to talk about.   Now only is she a bauble genius, but she acted as one of the sparkle consultants for The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Continue reading